Alexandru Bergauer The Air Jordan sneaker line has become a true staple of modern sportswear ever since the first ever pair were produced in 1984 to capitalize on the popularity of the still-rising superstar that bears their name. Famously, the first Air Jordans were produced in a red and black color-way, which then-NBA commissioner David Stern outlawed because they had so little white on them. Nonetheless, Michael Jordan would continue to wear the shoes, despite getting fined 5000$ for every instance when he played in them.
That decision is understandable when taking into account what a huge enterprise the entire Jordan brand has become. Sticking to what has now become a tradition of releasing the new Air Jordan 11’s during the holiday season, Nike has set an official release date of 20th of December for these Air Jordan 11 Retro Legend Blue sneakers which are already rivalling the Infrared 6’s as the best Jordan-related merchandise of 2014. Chris Paul, the Los Angeles Clippers starting point guard and one of the league’s premiere players, posted a picture on his Instagram a few weeks ago that only fueled the hype around these sneakers.
It’s definitely a design that brings back memories: Michael Jordan wore these Air Jordan 11 Retro Legend Blue sneakers during his first NBA All-Star game back from his initial retirement. Featuring a sleek design that, in contrast to those first Air Jordan’s that rocked the world in 1984, show off a clean, crisp white color that blends beautifully with the milky light blue soles, the shoes themselves will come in state-of-the-art, slide-out packaging and are guaranteed to sparkle under any Christmas tree. The famous Jordan silhouette is rendered in a slightly darker blue hue, while the number made famous by His Airness, 23, gets its own place to shine, appearing white on a black background, written in a modern yet elegant font. These Air Jordan 11 Retro Legend Blue sneakers will also feature the same jump man logo on their bottom, thus completing the Jordan brand experience.
Expected to retail at around 200$, this pair would make for a fine addition to any discriminating collector’s household. As evidenced by the Chris Paul photo, they’ve already begun circulating among the NBA’s elite, with Jared Sullinger and even Marcus Jordan, the heir-apparent to his father’s business empire, getting in on the game. As always, their popularity will most likely ensure that they fly off the shelves come Christmas time, so make sure you get your own early if you don’t want to miss out.