The Air Jordan XI Low – the patent leather version that is – is one of the quirkier sub-stories in the long and storied history of the Air Jordan franchise. During the Air Jordan XI’s original retail arrival, the low-top version was nowhere to be seen, as Nike opted for the significantly modified “IE” version instead (no patent leather with triangular vents on the upper). The more traditional form of the Air Jordan Low definitely existed back then in PE format, however, showing up on the feet of Michael Jordan during summer-time offseason appearances and strangely enough, in the pages of vintage sneaker catalogs from Japan, among other sightings. But it wasn’t until a few years after the original Air Jordan XI campaign, that the patent toe’d low version would finally make its way to retail.
The whole Air Jordan Retro process gave the XI Low a brand new life. Of course, that life has yet to really transfer any of the OG Air Jordan XI colorways over just yet. The 2001 releases rolled out a slew of new colorways (Snakeskin, Carolina Blue, etc.), and last year’s re-introduction focused on a clean tonal white with a red outsole, coming the closest to any sort of Chicago Bulls palette. For 2013, Jordan Brand takes a step closer to the original Air Jordan XI colorways with the White/Black-True Red – shown here in all its glory. Continue reading for a full set of beauty shots of this crispy new Air Jordan XI Low offering, and be sure to stay tuned to Sneaker News for detailed looks at all the hottest upcoming 2013 Jordan Brand releases.
The Air Jordan XI Low in White/Black-True Red releases on June 8th with a retail price of $140.