338 users: 4.8 / 5
Top: Low
Signature: Michael Jordan
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Colorways: Black / Blue / Green / Pink / White

Verdict from 6.1 hours of research from the internet

6 reasons to buy

  • According to a good number of owners, the Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE fits comfortably. They recommend going true to size.
  • Many purchasers are quite satisfied with these low-top basketball shoes, and they highly recommend it.
  • Like the AJ 12 Retro, several reviewers just love the quality of these retro Air Jordans.
  • Some are asserting that these Michael Jordan sneakers look fire.
  • One tester claims that the AJ 11 Low IE looks better than the regular Air Jordan 11 Low.
  • The ventilation panels actually work, some wearers report. Players are also reporting that the regular Air Jordan 11s are quite breathable.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some commenters are on the fence regarding the AJ XI Low IE’s silhouette.
  • The leather is quite stiff and is not that amazing.

Bottom line

The Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE has a polarizing silhouette that casual sneakerheads don’t find exciting. However, OG collectors are asserting that these Air Jordan basketball shoes are worth copping. For $170, you’ll get a pair of good quality sneakers that are comfortable to wear during the summer.

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A fresh take on the beloved Air Jordan 11 Low, the Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE boasts a lighter and more breathable construction that is suitable for the summertime. In place of the patent leather, these Michael Jordan sneakers feature soft elephant print leather with mesh vents for increased breathability.

Cushion. Just like the AJ 11 Low, the IE version is also equipped with a responsive, full-length Nike Air unit that provides comfortable cushioning with every step.

These basketball shoes also have a full-length composite shank that offers midfoot support.

Traction. The Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE has a rubber outsole with a herringbone traction pattern that provides grip on any surface.

Length and Width. According to testers, the IE model fits like the Air Jordan 11 Low. They recommend going true to size when copping these sneakers.

Lockdown. The AJ 11 Low IE has a rope lacing system that provides a fully customizable fit.

These Air Jordan basketball shoes feature a durable leather and synthetic upper that offer premium support and containment. Mesh vents along the soft elephant print leather enhance breathability.

Originally meant for the court, the Air Jordan 11 has become a streetwear staple. According to Tinker Hatfield, “We were looking at how we could extend the original performance basketball shoe into something that could further the design, but turn into a low top…I wasn’t interested in an exact replica of a XI in a low top; I was more interested in doing a low top that was partly the Jordan XI, but fresher…I felt like [patent leather] was contrary to the summer feel…The shoe didn’t need to feel so stiff and heavy. For the summer, I wanted something that was lighter and easier to wear.”

These retro Air Jordan basketball sneakers are the ultimate fusion of style and comfort. The Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE features elephant print leather with mesh vents and horizontal stitching on the upper. “I changed the pattern to put breathability in the right spots," said Hatfield. "Then, when you look at the different compositions, you want to fill in the gaps with something that could be decorative, like elephant print. I thought about trying textures and stitching. The mesh said something about summer, and the stitching we did really artfully."

The Air Jordan 11 Low IE comes in a variety of striking hues.

  • Black/Militia Green-Gum Yellow-Infrared 23 'Croc'
  • Black/True Red ‘Bred’
  • Black/True Red 'Referee'
  • Black/White-Varsity Red
  • Midnight Navy/White
  • White/Black-Metallic Silver
  • White/Cobalt-Zen Grey-Cement Grey
  • White/Gym Red ‘Fire Red’

Air Jordan 11 Retro Low IE Highlighter Pack

Jordan Brand has created three tropical-looking colorways of the Air Jordan 11 Low IE: ‘Crimson Flash,’ ‘Volt,’ and ‘Rio Teal.’ All three hues feature the iconic elephant print across the midfoot panel.

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