Why are so many people hyped bout the Air Jordan 11 "Concord" and calling it their GRAIL?
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Air Jordan 11: Behind the Design
If you’ve been around twitter, IG, Snap, Facebook, do people still use facebook? Anyway, If you’ve been on social media, you’ve heard more than enough people say that that Air Jordan 11 is their grail or even that they really love this shoe. But why? Well, here everything you need to know and you can tell me if any of this even matters. Lets go.
Starting with design of the shoe, Tinker Hatfield, the man who had designed almost every Jordan since the 3, actually designed the shoe in secret. Nike, at the time, wasn’t sure that Mike would be returning and thought the Jordan line would be over. Tinker though that even if Mike was really done playing basketball, that he had a large enough following and a big enough name that people would buy his kicks regardless.
One of the key elements of the shoe is the patent leather. It honestly changed they way that sneakers were made at the time. Tinker, watching game tape of Michael playing, happened to notice that Mike would roll over the top of his shoes when changing direction, and this slowed him down. Patent leather was stronger and could withstand the force of the change. Often called the mudguard, the patent leather actually served two purposes. Tinker wanted to create something that looked good both on and off the court for Mike. Rumor has it, that MJ wanted something he could wear with a suit, and the patent leather fit the bill.
That brings us to the upper. A new nylon ballistic mesh was added that lead up to the padded collar. Called cordura nylon or sometimes cordura mesh, the material is ultra-lightweight and manages to maintains its strength, despite its elasticity. Tinker also included a webbing around the midfoot that adheres to the shape of your foot. It works with your foot to keep you locked in.
MJ introd the popular Concord Colorway of the Jordan 11 in the playoffs in 1995 and not many people know this, but he was fined for wearing them. Back then, your shoes had to better match your uniform and MJ had to pay the fine for 2 games. Fun fact, for game 3 of the playoffs, he wore the Air Flight One also known as Penny Hardaway’s shoe and but he cut off Penny’s logo on the heel tab. Talk about being petty
Double Fun fact, when he wore these in the playoffs in 1995, Jordan and the Bulls lost to the Orlando Magic, but you don’t often hear about that part. But to be fair, Jordan also wore them in the playoffs in 1996 which started their second 3-Peat so can you really complain?
When it comes to the Air Jordan 11, they have been dropping during the holiday season since 2009. Technically it was 2008 when the countdown pack dropped in December, but as a single sneaker, it was 2009 with the Space Jam retro, which retro’d again last year.
Since the shoes launch, Tinker, a legend in his own right, has called the Jordan 11 his favorite design. As for Michael, he feels the same way. The Bulls did go 72-10 that year, and he won the MVP for the Finals, regular season, and the all-star game. Not to mention his fourth NBA championship.
So it the design that makes it a grail, is it Tinker, is the carbon fiber shank plate? Is it Michael Jordan, or is it a mix of all those things. Either way, this is easily one of the most influential if not the most loved sneaker of the modern era. And that goes for those that are sneakerheads and those that aren’t. Especially when it comes to this Concord Colorway.
But does that make it your grail? Let me know what you think about the Air Jordan 11 below and also, if you follow me over on IG, I’m actually giving away a pair of these. Just look for a post with a pic of the box wrapped up like a christmas present. Details will be on that post.
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Jacques @Kustoo Slade is a guy that loves sneakers and creates Youtube videos about them as well as other things. This channel has sneaker collections from Nike, Jordan, adidas, Yeezy, Reebok, Under Armour and more. He also does sneaker reviews, sneaker shopping, performance reviews, and sneaker history. He also loves technology, music, and pop culture and often mixes the three with sneaker to create one of the few "sneaker" channels that bridges the gap.