Jordan 11 Retro
The eye-catching graphics and fine materials used on this Jordan 11 Retro have seen it given the unforgettable nickname Animal Instinct. It is mounted upon a gray brown outsole whose partially see-through exterior reveals the black and white grid covering the surface of the carbon fiber shank set behind it. In the center of this last feature is a white Jumpman logo, and dark-colored pods then fill out the sections of the outsole under the toe and heel, their herringbone grip formations providing the wearer with a confident step. Layered atop this is a midsole made from white Phylon foam and filled with Air cushioning to gently support the foot.
The most noticeable part of the upper is the exaggerated mudguard that encircles the entire foot in a blanket of soft fur. Screen-printed across this fuzzy feature is a series of animal print patterns in black, including zebra-like lines and cheetah-like spots. Indulgent black nubuck then coats the rest of the upper, giving the sneaker a deluxe feel, while its webbed lacing system adds an intriguing aesthetic to the design. It comprises black bands of fabric that reach upwards across the quarter panel to form loops along the edge of the tongue. These hold the thick, black laces in place as they criss-cross over the black nubuck surface below them.
Soft black padding wraps around the inner walls of the sneaker and extends down to cover the insole as well. Here, a Gym Red Jumpman has been printed, its color representative of many of the other branding effects that are dotted across the design. On the outer, there is Gym Red text and a mini Jumpman over the center of the tongue, and the number 23 has been printed on the heel tab in this rich shade of red in recognition of Jordan’s jersey number. Finally, a black metallic Jumpman gleams out from the lateral heel to finish off the fusion of sleek and offbeat style on this Air Jordan 11.