Continuing with the last article I did on “Getting Hyped Jordan’s,” I ended up winning the raffle for the Jordan 11 low ‘UNC’ (pictured above). This had to be one of the easier Jordan’s in my collection to get. I received a call from Finish Line on Wednesday with confirmation that I had won the raffle.
All week I was very anxious to get to the store and get my shoes. Then on Friday I received a call from Champs Sports, Footlocker, and Footaction; in the past I was able to win two raffles but never all four that I entered in. This told me that they made more pairs of this colorway than they normally do for the Jordan 11’s, which are one of the most coveted Jordan models. I told my brother that I was able to win more than one pair of the Jordan 11’s and I ended up scooping a second pair for him. I didn’t care about the hype of the shoe because this was the colorway that made me fall in love with the Jordan 11’s.
The Jordan 11’s were first released back during the 1995 season when Jordan gave his famous ‘I’m back’ message confirming that he stopped playing baseball and is returning to the NBA. Tinker Hatfield, notorious Nike and Jordan brand designer, wanted to design a shoe for Jordan that would have different materials than any other basketball sneaker at that time. His ‘big’ inspiration was an old push lawnmower. Now when hearing that a sneaker was made to look like a lawnmower seems far fetched. But you can tell that the shiny patent leather that goes around the whole upper was made to resemble the shiner parts of a lawnmower. This shoe was first debuted in the famous “Concord” colorway (pictured above), MJ wore these right on court even though they didn’t meet the NBA’s uniform requirements. As an ode to Jordan’s college hoops days at the University of North Carolina, they released the ‘UNC’ colorway of the Jordan 11 in 2001.
The Jordan 11 was the most innovative sneaker when it released over two decades ago with it’s state of the art design changing the sneaker game since.
Images Via Me, Complex, and 42nd Witness