Verdict from 10 experts and 9 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The Air Jordan 2011 is one of the best Air Jordans created in a long time, a good number of owners assert.
  • Similar to its predecessor the Air Jordan 6 Retro, many users are commenting that these basketball sneakers are extremely comfortable.
  • One user claims that the AJ 2011 is his go-to basketball shoes.
  • According to some testers, these shoes are incredibly versatile because of its interchangeable cushioning.
  • A lot of reviewers are quite impressed with the glove-like fit and immediate step-in comfort the inner cleatie provides.
  • Several players are pleased with the Air Jordan 26’s incredible breathability.
  • The shoe’s traction holds up well in any court condition, many testers remark.
  • A few players are satisfied with the overall lockdown.
  • The leather is quite flexible and durable, a handful observe.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some buyers are not happy with the shoe’s $170 price tag. Buyers have similar sentiments about the LeBron 16’s price.
  • Many wearers are complaining that the loose-fitting heel produces awful blisters.
  • The cleatie bunches up when the laces are cinched tightly, a couple of testers comment.
  • Because of the Air Jordan 2011's cleatie construction, a reviewer notes that the midsoles are a bit difficult to swap.

Bottom line

These groundbreaking Air Jordan basketball shoes still live up to all the hype it received back in 2011. Its interchangeable midsoles produce an extremely versatile performer that suits both quick and explosive players. The only area most owners are griping about is the loose fit. The extra room inside the Air Jordan 2011 allows some unnecessary foot movement that causes discomfort and even painful blisters.

All things considered, nearly all owners agree that the Air Jordan 2011 is a great all-around basketball shoes that guards and bigs will enjoy.

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Good to know

The 26th installment of the Air Jordan series maintains Jordan Brand’s principle of creating revolutionary basketball shoes that meet the needs of the game’s best athletes. “The AIR JORDAN 2011 continues the franchise tradition of setting the benchmark for superior performance and design,” Tinker Hatfield, VP of Special Projects and Creative Design, told “As a Brand, we recognize that athletes want a shoe that is truly an extension of their various styles of play and efficiently responds to their individual and environmental cues.”

These highly anticipated basketball sneakers boast a handcrafted Patina leather upper and the very first interchangeable midsole system. These features make the AJ 2011 one of the most innovative performance shoes the brand has ever created.

“Each year I challenge the Brand to push the envelope in all aspects of the creative process including design, technology, and the overall performance of the shoe,” Michael Jordan explains. “The AIR JORDAN 2011 is representative of where we are headed as a Brand in 2011 and beyond. With each passing year, Jordan Brand will look to challenge the way the footwear industry and consumers think about performance, and consistently look to improve upon where we have already been.”

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 suited for 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 for a more cushioned ride. This midsole is ideal for explosive and powerful players who come down hard after grabbing a board or making a dunk.

Both midsoles are also equipped with a composite woven shank plate for increased support and torsional rigidity.

Traction.  These basketball shoes have a translucent rubber outsole with an elephant print traction pattern. Multidirectional flex grooves ensure enhanced grip on any surface.

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 an inner sleeve that provides a snug, glove-like fit. The shoe’s dynamic loop lace system hugs the midfoot and locks it in place.

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

The premium leather can flex and bend without creasing. It is designed to offer both durability and support. Ventilation holes along the upper and a mesh inner cleatie allow heat to escape for enhanced breathability.

Another cool feature of the Air Jordan 2011 is that no two shoes are exactly the same. Each shoe is hand burnished, giving it a distinct style.

These basketball shoes also incorporate a unique constellation-inspired graphic that symbolizes Jordan Brand’s rise to a universally recognized brand.

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 compliments the upper’s design.


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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.