Our verdict

85
Good!

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 for taking on the summer heat.

Pros

  • Comfortable fit
  • Fits true to size
  • Highly recommended
  • Excellent quality
  • Fire look
  • Looks better than the regular
  • Ventilation panels
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Stiff

Who should buy the Air Jordan 11 IE Low

This Air Jordan shoe is a good match for you if:

  • You want a shoe with mesh vents that enhance breathability
  • You are after a basketball shoe with a Nike Air unit that makes for comfortable cushioning with every step

Air Jordan 11 IE Low logo

Profile of the Air Jordan 11 IE Low

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.

Air Jordan 11 IE Low midsole

In place of the patent leather, these Michael Jordan sneakers feature soft elephant print leather with mesh vents that increase breathability.

Performance

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.

Air Jordan 11 IE Low toebox

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

Air Jordan 11 IE Low laces

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

Fit

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.

Air Jordan 11 IE Low heel

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

Material

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.

Air Jordan 11 IE Low outsole

Style

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;

Air Jordan 11 IE Low side

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.

Air Jordan 11 IE Low closeup laces

I thought about trying textures and stitching. The mesh said something about summer, and the stitching we did really artfully."

Special colorways of Air Jordan 11 IE Low

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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