August 9, 2011 BY John Kim
The Air Jordan XI has once against established itself as the premier Jordan Brand sneaker release of the year, and with the expected release of the Air Jordan XI ‘Concord’ in December causing excitement in the sneaker community around the world, the history of eleventh Air Jordan shoe elevates it beyond legacy and into the realm of divinity. Voted by our readers to be the greatest Air Jordan of all-time, the Air Jordan XI rocked the world of fashion and pop culture and catapulted the brand into cultural iconism, but we often forget that the beginnings of this shoe didn’t quite tie in to Michael’s greatest career moments. Michael Jordan first wore the Air Jordan XI during the second round of the 1995 NBA Playoffs, wearing the ‘Concord’ colorway before switching to the ‘Space Jam’ later in the series.
It was during that series that Michael decided to switch back from ’45’ to his original ’23’, but Michael still wore the Air Jordan XI Space Jam ’45’ Sample during Game 4 of that series, when the ‘Space Jam’ made its worldwide debut. These are regarded as one of the most prized Air Jordan samples not just for its rarity, but for its place in Michael Jordan’s historical timeline. Continue reading for this rare detailed look at the Air Jordan XI Space Jam ’45’ and stick with Sneaker News for more detailed looks at one of the rarest Air Jordan samples in existence.