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During the 1995-1996 NBA season, MJ took control of his career and his collaboration with the Swoosh brand. A legendary silhouette was born, which marked its time and started a clear change in the design of the Air Jordan and sneakers in general thanks to the genius of Tinker Hatfield. Its patent leather is completely avant-garde for the time, and it is the first time that such a thing is done on a pair of sneakers. We also find the translucent icy outsole, which had disappeared since the Jordan VI. As usual, Michael Jordan wants something completely new, combining class and technique. Tinker, for his part, will be inspired by a convertible, hence the patent leather, to recall a metallic body paint. And, for once, he was also inspired by a lawnmower to design theAir Jordan X. The pair also incorporates a carbon fiber part to enhance the strength and lightness at the arch on the inside of the foot.
After his return in 1995, Michael Jordan needed to get back into the swing of things. With the AJ11, he was back in form: 72 wins for 10 losses (NBA record in regular season), with among others the title of MVP (Most Valuable Player) and leading scorer. The Bulls won the NBA championship for the fourth time on June 16, 1996, against the Seattle Supersonics. As it was Father's Day and Michael Jordan was suffering from not having his father by his side for this event, he broke down in tears in the locker room after the game.
As with the Air Jordan 1, The 11 has been reissued several times in the original 1995 colours. Michael Jordan wore theAir Jordan 11 Concord for the first time on May 7, 1995, against the Orlando Magic led by Shaquille 0'Neal. When he returned to the NBA, Michael Jordan initially wore the number 45, so on the first Concord, still PE, was the number 45 on the heel. When the first 11 Concord was released in November 1995, things went back to normal and Magic Mike got his number 23 back along with his super powers. The pair was successful, but sales were not outstanding. In February 1997, during the long awaited release of the movie Space Jam, the AJ11 is well represented in a black version. It was after the movie that the Concord was really successful, with its first reissue in 2000, accompanied by theAir Jordan 11 Space Jam. It was at this time that the Jordan 11 became a cult pair for fans of sneakers. At its third reissue in 2011, after a "Defining Moments Pack" in 2006, some violent riots broke out on the day of the release of the 11 Concord. To finish on a more technical note, let's note that a rather indecipherable part has been embroidered on the middle of the tongue: it is the words "Jumpman/Jordan", which must be read vertically. The 11 will know its Low declination which will be a great success among women as well as the Air Jordan 1 Mida more compact version of the Air Jordan 1 High.
Over the years, Jordan Brand tends to emancipate itself from the Beaverton-based equipment manufacturer by offering more and more lifestyle products that aim to diversify the MJ label's offer and get a variety of products that would complement the retro editions such as the Air Jordan 3. To do this, the sportswear giant decided to rework its original models into Low versions. The Air Jordan 6 Low is the first to be released. Its light structure and its trendy look were a huge success, especially with small sizes. Some time later it is the Air Jordan 11 Low which is presented to the general public in 2015 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the silhouette signed Tinker Hatfield with the original Bred color which pays tribute to the legendary 1995-1996 season of Michael Jordan at Nike. An IE version will be released. It is characterized by a mesh and grained leather upper that differs from the traditional patent leather and is more comfortable with a more lifestyle spirit than the retro models.
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