Retro Jordan: Low or No?


Finish Line is getting ready to drop the Air Jordan Retro XI Low this Saturday and it got me thinking about low top Js and their place in sneaker history.

Over the years, Jordan Brand has put out low top variations on almost all of the classic retros.  Many of these low top Js didn’t resonate with the core Air Jordan customer, but some were pretty dope, few were epic and all were slept on.

There were a few lows that I always loved. The Jordan XIII Low came in several risky color ways; they were clean and sleek and done very well.  The Jordan XXI was a heavy, bulky shoe in the original format, but the low top worked out nicely.  And then there is the XI…

It seems that no matter what the model…high or low, guys or girls, black or white, gum or ice, the Air Jordan XI keeps winning.  Many of the low top XIs sat on shelves and were chastised and hated on by sneakerheads but now rack up likes when posted on Instagram.

Almost 20 years after its debut, Tinker Hatfield’s Jordan XI is still coveted and sought after by almost all collectors and enthusiasts.

The XI Low that drops Saturday at 8am EST is so icy. I think Jordan Brand absolutely killed this shoe! It’s got everything a Jordan XI needs to be an instant classic…white, black, patent leather, an ice sole and a splash of red.  Mix in a pink snakeskin low for girls, and get ready for a fun weekend.

Where do these shoes rank against all of the other Jordan XI lows that have come out over the years?