In 1993, Michael Jordan announced that he would step away from the league to face the challenge of professional baseball. The news that the game's best-known character would be at the peak of his career sparked many questions, including the condition of his Air Jordan signature shoe line. I think it should not go on, there were some chosen ones who still believed including designer Tinker Hatfield, who began work on the Air Jordan III line.
Some said the line should end with Air Jordan X, but Hatfield still believed it should continue, even though M Ichael was not present on the hardwood. "I had the impression that he had already transcended the sport in the market and it did not matter. It did not matter if he played or not, "Hatfield said, and like most creatives and innovators, Hatfield took courage and started working on what would later become The Grail – The 11th Air Jordan.
These" firsts "involve the use of a full-length carbon fiber plate, the Specially designed for the XI. Hatfield used high-speed athletic footwear footage in action and came up with the idea after noticing that some basketball shoes were too flexible, leading to the over-flexing of larger athletes. Hatfield coupled this insight with his experience in playing football in high school, he began with the prototyping and the development of a plate for the XI. "When I had a new pair of studs, they were a bit stiff when they went to the field, but on match day you are just electrified and go. Football cleats become a performance tool because they are so stiff and you can move faster. "The full length carbon fiber plate would be coupled in the finished product with full length Nike Air cushioning.
As with all Air Jordan performance models, the team always wants to fulfill Michael's wishes and needs. The iconic sheen of the Air Jordan XI. Came from a specific request of the man. "Michael always asked if we could ever make a shiny basketball shoe. And he did not know what that meant, and neither did I until I found a custom made Nike baseball shoe from Japan. "The patent leather on the cleat not only gave shine and kept things clean, but Hatfield also noted that it was a form of support thanks to its stiffness.
Building on this idea, he designed this patent leather edging for the XI. He acted as a kind of curb for Michael at the court. It not only serves a performance purpose, but also brings luxury to hardwood like no other shoe before. Esthetically Hatfield has applied the rim through the lens of a performance vehicle. "I wanted the edge of the shoe to look like the body of a car, to be shiny and easy to clean," said Hatfield. "I drew a few cars, so this shoe was like a car that had a shiny body. But then it's a convertible, so it had a fabric cover.
The fabric blanket led to the unique ballistic nylon upper by Air Jordan XI. The team got a high-quality, durable nylon, which has long been used for camping backpacks. The upper also features a unique "speed-lacing" system using nylon fabric loops. This has arisen from another finding from MJ, since early prototypes (pictured above) had an asymmetric tongue that he did not want, believing that it might be difficult for the wearer to fall in easily.
Once the shoe was developed, then it was time to dye it differently than any other Air Jordan before it. While the white and black look would immediately be part of the ascent to Grail status, it was really the dark Concord accents that made it unique. "I thought it should be a white and black shoe that suits everything, but I threw purple on the floor, just to let everyone know. Not only did I make this crazy shoe but also no team colors, and I chose Concord Purple just to mess with people.
Hatfield would give Michael a pair with a certain rule: Do not wear it to you. "He comes back and starts practicing in this shoe. We told him, "Man, do not wear them in the game. Do not play them in the game because we're not ready to commercialize these things, "Hatfield recalls. Of course, in his unexpected MJ-style, Michael put the Air Jordan XI in the semi-final of the Eastern Conference against Orlando Magic for the first time.
It may take months before the individual release of the model appears The shoe would immediately become that grail that everyone wanted. "It turned out to be brilliant for Michael's side because the launch of this shoe was unprecedented." Twenty-three years later, the iconic silhouette that has brought luxury to the square and beyond continues to hold its status as a grail.
Air Jordan 11 "Concord"
Color: White / Black-Dark Concord
Release Date: December 8, 2018
Price: $ 220