Air Jordan 2011

It’s always interesting to see what Jordan Brand have for the next instalment in the Jordan legacy. This years design will probably be overshadowed by the sheer amount of AJ reissues that are evenly and tactically placed over the year. But, the Air Jordan 2011 is a modern basketball design that needs to be recognised, as once again, modern basketball footwear takes things up a notch. The Air Jordan 2011 does not disappoint.

The AJ 2011 has two interchangeable midsoles which provide support and benefit various styles of play. It’s an easy switch up, with two midsoles to choose from that are designed to suit your own particular style and game. The “Quick” midsole features Zoom technology and the “Explosive” option has Air units for extra cushioning. Jordan Brand always likes to innovate and this 26th instalment in the line uses hand crafted Patina leather on the upper, the first time it has been used for a performance basketball shoe, providing a premium fit. Also, check the subtle Avatar reference in the form a pattern on the leather.

Mesh and a secure lacing system provides breathability and a lock down fit, a must for todays game. Various aesthetic touches such as the Jumpman, ’23’ logo on the tongue and the iconic elephant print on the outsole are also added to the mix. Finally, the shoe comes packaged in an excellent box and bags are provided for each of the midsoles.

A cracking release, solidifying that modern basketball footwear is in a very good place right now.

Available from now.

Images courtesy of Hypebeast.

Chris Benfield

Chris is a multi-disciplinary designer working across editorial, print, identity and digital for a variety of industries. Previous clients include Nike, PUMA, Dazed & Confused and Boxfresh.

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    The changeable cushion idea is pretty stupid imo. The shoes are pretty weak stylistically, especially for a Jordan release.