Who should buy the Air Jordan 2011

The Air Jordan 2011 might appeal to you if:

  • You are looking for a shoe that offers immediate step-in comfort.
  • A well-ventilated basketball companion that keeps your feet fresh and cool is what you need. 
  • You are after a shoe that bites the surface well regardless of the court condition.

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Who should not buy the Air Jordan 2011

Retailed at $170, the price of the Air Jordan 2011 might not be for players who are on a strict budget. This shoe might also fall short in meeting the needs of wearers who prefer a basketball companion with a well-fitting heel section. They are better off with the Air Jordan XXX.

Profile of the Air Jordan 2011

The Air Jordan 2011 boasts a handcrafted Patina leather upper and the very first interchangeable midsole system. These features make the AJ 2011 one of the most anticipated performance shoes upon its release.

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Cushion. The Air Jordan 2011 is equipped with the first-ever interchangeable midsole system that allows players to “choose their flight.”

The blue “Quick” midsole features forefoot and heel Nike Zoom Air units that offer an extra responsive ride. This midsole is best appreciated by quick and agile players who love to cut and slash to the basket.

The red “Explosive” midsole features Cushlon foam with a ¾-length Air unit that delivers a more cushioned ride. This midsole is loved by explosive and powerful players who come down hard after grabbing a board or making a dunk.

Both midsoles have a composite woven shank plate that increases support and torsional rigidity.

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Traction.  These basketball shoes have a translucent rubber outsole with an elephant print traction pattern. The sole features multidirectional flex grooves that give players an enhanced grip on any surface.

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Length and Width. Many are commenting that the Air Jordan 2011 is quite roomy. Buyers are advised to go down half a size for a better fit.

Lockdown. These Air Jordan basketball shoes have inner sleeves that provide a snug, glove-like fit. The shoe’s dynamic loop lace system hugs the midfoot and locks it in place.

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The Air Jordan 2011 combines innovative technology with premium materials. These basketball sneakers use a material that has never been used in performance footwear: handcrafted Patina leather.

The premium leather flexes and bends without creasing. It offers both durability and support. Ventilation holes along the upper and a mesh inner cleatie allow the foot to breathe and heat to escape.

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Another cool feature of the Air Jordan 2011 is that it is hand-burnished with a distinct style.

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Special Colorways of the Air Jordan 2011

Air Jordan 2011 ‘Year of the Rabbit’

Michael Jordan was born in 1963, the year of the rabbit. The AJ 2011’s release also coincides with this Chinese zodiac. To celebrate, Jordan Brand launched a limited colorway of these basketball sneakers.

The Air Jordan 2011 ‘Year of the Rabbit’ features a wolf gray Patina leather mudguard contrasted by a white leather upper. The inner cleatie is bathed in China-red while gold laces and stitching complement the upper’s design.

Facts / Specs

Top: Mid
Signature: Michael Jordan
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Air Jordan
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Black / Blue
SKUs: 302281996 / 436771001 / 436771101 / 436771104

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Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.