December 17th, 2013 by John Kim / 31
Sneaker buying is a year-round process with no specific weekend or occasion outranking the other by much, but there’s no date more globally recognized than the annual release of the Air Jordan 11 Retro. Since 2008, Jordan Brand has offered up the iconic shoe every December, with each drop taking form in an original and classic Retro colorway. This Saturday’s release sticks out like a sore thumb in that the fresh “Gamma Blue” colorway that has no true connection to the visual anatomy of the Jordan Brand beast. Still, the decision to go “new” rather then “old” (many projected the Columbia to be this year’s release) may speak louder to the newer generation of sneaker fanatics – the one that likely had no recollection of Michael Jordan playing in a game.
Still, despite the evolving era of Jordan collectors, the release of the Air Jordan XI is still one of the most anticipated moments ever year. The infamous tradition has garnered a controversial reputation over the years thanks to the chaos that has ensued during in-store releases, but those who have been fortunate enough to obtain the patent leather beauties liken the event to a triumphant epilogue to a story filled with a year’s worth of sneaker releases. For those who may have forgotten the short history of this institution of the sneaker game, or better yet, those who will make the Gamma Blue their first-ever Air Jordan 11 purchase, we have a quick summary of the history of December Air Jordan 11 releases below.
@sneakernews Does this mean that the Space Jam 11s will release in December 2014??
@sneakernews I Need Them Columbias To Drop In 2014
@Sneakerfiend_89 im 3/3...the last 3 lol
The only 11s i always wanted were the Cool Grey & Concords. Cool Grey i copped, the Concords i coudn't copp, it was tough to get them. I need that Da_Real_Big_Infinite connection lol.
I no i am not the only one noticing the price keep going up on these. How long till we get to the 300 mark
After a concord and space jam release 11s are just mmm to me. Like you can't give me the best and think ima get excited for the rest
Entered 4 raffles, got called back on 3!!! HA-HAAAAAAA! 75% isn't bad.
Love it! Copping all 3. One for me, my
Brotha, and a 10.5 ON-THE-LINE...$$...
Got my pair of gamma 11s.....they're alright, I'll wear in this summer when the hype has completely died down
Man, who's tired of missing all these releases from nike and footlocker sites? I have something that will help you out drastically!
Lets get ready for those kobe prelude 3s and gamma 11s
To this day I never understood why every 11 got the special packaging treatment except the Bred 11's which are arguably the most popular of them all. They got that weak ass common retro box. That said, the special packaging on the Fear and 5's are pretty damn dope. Just sayin'...
@_HelloTitty_ lol nothing wrong with that
@10039449 That's when I will say fuck it, I'm outta here
@JMBasquiat You spelled Concord wrong
@Da_Real_Big_Infinite 30th anniversary of the UNC championship & the original "last shot"
It was rumored the "Columbia" 11 was set for release in December of 2012 then was pulled last minute and in turn released the "Black/Red" 11.
@BackseatJuice Oooo. OK. Well that sucked.
Great, we have an internet thug on our hands. Do us all a favor since you're bout that life, and post a link to your Facebook page (w/out the private settings) so we can see the man (or BITCH) behind the keyboard.
@Cpack Are you really liking your own comment? Go cheddar bob yourself now please.