With less than a month away from its release, Jordan Brand has finally released official images of the upcoming 2016 Air Jordan 11 Space Jam. Most notably famous from its appearance on MJ’s feet in the Looney Tunes hit Space Jam, this colorway is always a big deal when it releases. The fact that these didn’t actually receive a public release in 1995 also adds to the hype factor.
This colorway shares a similar layout to the infamous “Bred” 11s, this pair utilizes a mostly black upper, constructed of mesh fabric, full-grain leather, finished off with the eye-catching patent leather. The sneaker’s big fat laces are black in color to match. The midsole is molded in white, while the outsole is a beautiful translucent blue. The Jumpman logos at the heel and tongue are embroidered in a Dark Concord, providing a subtle yet very significant contrast to the mostly black design.
While most recent retro releases have been a close matching to their respective OG releases, Jordan Brand has taken things a step further with the 2016 Space Jams, modeling the sneaker after MJ’s 1995 player exclusive version. The most noticeable detail is the use of Jordan’s #45, which he wore at the time while fresh from retirement. In addition, the number has been embroidered, unlike the painted versions we’ve seen from all production Air Jordan 11s thus far. Oh, and don’t forget that iconic Nike Air logo, which can be proudly seen on the sneaker’s insoles.
This version of the Space Jam 11 will retail for $220, making it the most expensive release of the sneaker to date. Despite the significantly increased price tag, expect this pair to sell out in record time when it hits stores on December 10, 2016. Having a release so close to the holidays doesn’t help much, either. Fortunately, you can avoid the hype, lines, and frustrating frozen web sites by purchasing a pair early. You can get them in most sizes through a number of sellers on eBay. Here’s a link to the listings. Do you plan to, or have you already added the 2016 Air Jordan XI Space Jam to your collection?
Air Jordan 11 (XI) Retro
Color: Black/Dark Concord-White
Release Date: 12/10/2016