12.11.19

Back in the Spotlight: The Jordan Retro XI ‘Bred’

The Air Jordan line has been around for more than three decades. Starting with the 1985 release of the original Air Jordan 1, plenty of praise has been heaped upon the line for the cutting-edge tech and innovative design it introduced. Several of the shoes — like the AJ I, AJ IV, and the AJ X — have become pop culture icons with devoted followers. Perhaps no shoe from the line has captured the imagination of both sneakerheads and casual sneaker fans more than the Air Jordan XI.

Designed by the legendary Tinker Hatfield and released in 1995, the XI became instantly beloved. Under a directive from Michael Jordan to create a classier shoe, Hatfield developed a patent leather upper that quickly became the signature detail of the shoe. Hatfield has claimed the XI was his favorite design, and that he wanted the shoe to look like a convertible. It became forever enshrined in the public consciousness after Jordan wore it in the hit movie “Space Jam.”

Jordan has released a Retro 11 every December for the past several years and each time the shoe has been well received. There was extra excitement this year, though, when Jordan announced they would be releasing the Air Jordan Retro 11 ‘Bred’, one of the most popular colorways of all time.

First released in 1996, the ‘Bred’ colorway was worn by MJ during the 72-10 season, and for the entire playoff run culminating in a championship. It features a fully black upper with patent leather, a white midsole, and a red outsole which all add up to really represent Jordan’s legacy in Chicago. It is arguably the most famous Air Jordan to ever be made. The ‘Bred’ will be available at Eastbay on December 14. Make sure you’re ready to get your pair so you can flex on everyone with your outfit.

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