Sole Shots: Air Jordan XI Spotlight

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It’s hard to argue against the Air Jordan XI being the most popular sneaker from the Jordan signature line. Designed by the legendary Tinker Hatfield, the Jordan XI marked Michael’s return to the game after returning from a brief retirement in 1995. The sneaker is iconic for several reasons; patent leather mudguard, carbon fiber spring plate and translucent “icy” outsole. Not to mention, Michael’s Bulls won 72 games in the 95-96 season en route to the first of three consecutive championships.

Next Thursday, the Air Jordan XI will return in the always-popular “Cool Grey” colorway. This retro originally dropped in 2001, and was an instant hit within the sneaker community. In fact, the release caused riotous behavior at several retail locations, resulting in injury and property damage. That is history that we’d obviously not like to see repeated, and that’s why it’s important to have the opportunity to pick up a pair online here at Eastbay.

The Jordan XI is also one of the favorite subjects shot by sneaker photographers over at the Sole Collector Forum. While we prepare for next week’s big release, take a look at some quality XI photos.

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - Air Butchie ProductionsAir Butchie Productions, Pasadena, California

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - moelestmoelest, Indonesia

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - Reid GlazeReid Glaze aka ReidSB, Dallas, Texas

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - airjordanjackairjordanjack, San Diego, California

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - dalazzDale aka dalazz, Trumbull, Connecticut

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - MenaceBrian Edbury aka Menace, England

Sole Shots: December 17th, 2010 - AJVishusAJVishus, Arizona

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - gettinit247gettinit247, Alaska

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - onoudidntgfAlan Leung aka onoudidntgf, Bakersfield, California

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - Bjarne KuhrtBjarne Kuhrt, Hamburg, Germany

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - boyNERDboyNERD, San Jose, California

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - Kick StarKick Star, Hawthorne, California

Sole Shots: December 17, 2020 - KG #5KG #5, Edmonton, Canada

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - G2C DesignsChris Morris, G2CDesigns, Wallingford, Connecticut

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - illestMFillestMF, Stockton, California

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - KiNgSKiNgS, Malaysia

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - pap3rkutpap3rkut, California

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - SteveSteve Mullholand, Key Largo, Florida

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - gdiemasterJefferson Santos aka gdiemaster, San Diego, California

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - ndmx52ndmx52, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - BryantDIGITALBryantDIGITAL, Lansing, Michigan

Sole Shots: December 17, 2010 - quicksterPat Lauder aka quickster, Gilroy, California

If you’re interested in submitting your photos for Sole Shots, e-mail us at eastbaysoleshots@solecollector.com. Please include your name and location with your submissions. You also have the option of providing us with a link to your online photo album or website to link back to when we post your work.  You do not have to be a registered member of Sole Collector to participate.