Removed from MJ’s signature number 23 at the heel — in lieu of the nuanced number 45 which references his Birmingham Barons and post first retirement jersey number — many expect the release this weekend to quickly become Nike’s best-selling sneaker of all time, eclipsing 2016’s Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam” which currently holds top billing.
Good things, of course, tend to come in threes, lending credence to new reports that indicate the Air Jordan 11 “Bred” will return for another retro run during 2019’s holiday season. It’s unsure if the forthcoming “Bred” release will feature any potent variations likened to 2018’s “Concord,” nonetheless, the beloved sneaker is a welcomed sight in any form. However, many early predictions place a 45 on the heel of the updated “Bred.”
First released in 1996, re-released in 2001, again in 2008 for the “Countdown Pack” and finally in 2012, historically, the “Bred” 11s carry deep-seated sentiment as Jordan and the Bulls powered past the Seattle Supersonics for another NBA championship while he donned this patent leather masterpiece.
In reference to the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” release this weekend, on December 8, it differs from past editions beyond the iconic jersey number at the heel. It’s by far the tallest Air Jordan 11 yet. Remastered materials are largely attributed to the heightened stance of Tinker Hatfield’s storied patent leather construction, as it canvasses more real estate in the latest editions of the silhouette.
Jordan Brand has not confirmed a return of the Air Jordan 11 “Bred” next year. More details to come.