June 25, 2012 BY Brendan Dunne / 34 c
Let’s face it, it’s pretty unlikely that the sneakerhead community will ever come to a consensus on the single greatest Air Jordan silhouette of all time. There are solid arguments for a handful of them; from the obvious historical significance of the Air Jordan 1, to the onset of the Tinker years marked by the Air Jordan III, to that all-important first championship sneaker the Air Jordan VI. With all that being said there’s pretty much no argument to be had regarding which model is consistently the most sought after and talked about when the dust settles: the Air Jordan XI. The fervor surrounding the default high-hitting version extends down to the Air Jordan XI Low as well, a model tuned up to accomodate MJ’s preference for playing in lows. During the Air Jordan XI’s original moment in the spotlight a handful of these low hitting PE’s were made for Michael himself, with the public forced to settle for the tweaked IE version as far as retail availability. The true patent leather version’s eventual emergence from the vaults half a decade later would mark the first retro Air Jordan Low, and no doubt the most sought after in that category which we’ll be focusing on in this spot as the week progresses.
When the Air Jordan XI Low did finally arrive in 2001 the colorways it carried were far from OG styles like the ‘Bred’ and ‘Concord’, the sneaker opting instead to blaze a new trail independent of the Chicago influence. One particular duo amongst the 2001 run stands out as especially unique, upping the opulence of the original Tuxedo styled high class performance of the Air Jordan XI with a snakeskin wrap around the mudguard. Pictured above is the men’s release among the two, slapping the reptilian look on in an alternating navy and black pattern. The women’s, pictured after the jump, debuted in the same white base albeit with pink on the shiny strip to cement their feminine aim.
As previously mentioned these two weren’t the only pairs the public was treated to during that epic 2001 run. The men’s crop also included alternating pairs in columbia blue and varsity red, with the latter registering as the only amongst the group to have some vague semblance of a ‘Bulls’ look. Also on the menu for men’s releases that year was the Air Jordan XI Low in zen grey, a clean slate version whose closest analog is the Air Jordan XI ‘Silver Anniversary’ of many years later. The women’s side of things was rounded out by the similarly bare citrus pair that brought a unique look to the icy outsole and the silver that donned a metallic look. Stay with us after the jump for a look at the Air Jordan XI Low ‘Snakeskin’ releases, as well as all of the other Air Jordan XI Low retro releases from the 2001 stretch and stick with us throughout the week as we bring you more from the category of Air Jordan Lows for your daily dose of Classics Revisited.
Air Jordan XI Low
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This was the point in time when the chinese knock-offs arose with multiple crazy colors and cats thought it was ok to have gucci print on theirs.
I have a pair in desperate need for a sole swap. They're separating at the soles, but I don't want to trash them, they're classics and comfortable. Any suggestions or references for where I can get them restored?
I got excited when I saw this post hoping they were deciding to bring some of these back out but then realized that wasn't the case. Smh navys and pink snakeskins are must haves definitely in my book. The metallic silver low's are in my top grails too. As a female sneakerhead I really wish JB would start bringing back some of these older styles and especially the women's colorways. Instead of always creating new ones. We like our old school classics too!
Everybody slept on these back then...ahead of their time I guess you can say...I seen em on sale but didn't have the money to cop back then...sad thing is that if they retro they would be sooooo cheap that I would most likely pass
White/Red joints were and still are the best low xi Screw the new joints that dropped. Had those puppies in 11th grade. Went to trainst in soho and copped with ease no line! At retail! No one copped the snake skins shits went on sale along with the citrus,all white and metallic joints. Only the white/red and Carolina joints sold out. chances are when they bring em back out the kiddies will line up for the days and the price from dickhead resellers and mon and pop stores will be $230 smh. With shit quality at that.
I miss my blue snake skins. I mad i didnt take care of em in high school or any of my jays for that matter. Wish i could have em again. o well ill just dream until they re-release.
so im trading someone obsidians i got in an 8.5 + cash for concords. would an 8.5 in concords be too small or do the 12s and 11s run the same? i'm norm bigger than an 8.5 in non-jordans - need to up my j collection.
so im trading obsidians + some cash for concords. never tried concords on. i ran real small in the obsidians like an 8.5 - would an 8.5 concords be safe or will they be too small to hoop in?
Lol damn.. these some classic right here. I was in 3rd grade when these came out, and I remember older cats wearin em.
I still have mine even tho they don't fit lol... real clean design & da snakeskin made them look alil weird at 1st but ended up workin really well... classic 11 shoe
f*ck yeah! HYFR! omg! luv ♥ Snakeskins!! that is the retro i miss the most....but jordan brand is stingy with them 11's you know.
ORDER SOME SEA GLOW OFF OF EBAY AND THEN JUSS BRUSH THE SOLE WITH SEA GLOW BUT MAKE SURE TO WATCH OUT FOR THE EDGE