Jordan 11 Retro
The refined silver details on this Jordan 11 Retro celebrate the sneaker’s 25th year, giving it a sophisticated aesthetic and its nickname: Jubilee. Elegant white tones cover the outsole, which is mostly translucent to show the use of a steadying carbon fiber plate between it and the white midsole. In its center is a white Jumpman silhouette, while two opaque sections in the same color have been added to the forefoot and heel, their herringbone grip lines enhancing the shoe’s traction capabilities. Above this, the surface of the Phylon foam midsole is lightly textured, its insides filled from heel to toe with bouncy Air cushioning, and its medial side revealing a small piece of the carbon fiber shank.
Its upper is all-black, providing a rich contrast against the sneaker’s light sole. The trademark patent leather mudguard encircles the whole shoe, its glossy exterior adding a satisfying luster to the outer. Above this, the top of the foot is covered by a black ballistic mesh, with a smooth leather panel encompassing the heel. Looped eyelets accommodate the black laces, before stretching back across the mesh to disappear into the seams where it meets the mudguard and the rear overlay. The word “Jordan” has been added to the eyelets in thick Metallic Silver letters, setting the precedent for the rest of the branding effects found across the sneaker, one of which appears in a thin band of material running over the middle of the black mesh tongue. This has been debossed with Jordan and Jumpman text in the same stylised font as that on the eyelets, and a Metallic Silver Jumpman has been placed between the two words.
Inside the shoe, velvety black fabric reaches along the walls and insole, the latter feature decorated with a Jumpman and the number 23, which references Jordan’s famous jersey. This iconic number returns on the heel tab, which is formed from the same material as the topline it emerges from. Here, the blocky digits have been printed in a Metallic Silver tone that really draws the eye. Next to them, on the lateral side of the heel, a Metallic Silver Jumpman is set into the leather, its gleaming surface completing the sneaker with a glamorous touch.