A Closer Look at the Air Jordan 11 “Playoff”

Widely considered the most popular sneaker of all time, the Air Jordan 11 returned last year in what’s considered to be its most iconic colorway  — the “Concord.”

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 expected the release this weekend to quickly become Nike’s best-selling sneaker of all time, eclipsing 2016’s Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam” which held top billing.

Good things, of course, tend to come in threes, lending credence to new reports that indicate the Air Jordan 11 “Bred” or “Playoff” 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.

Air Jordan 11 "Bred"
Air Jordan 11 “Bred” (2012 edition)

In reference to the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” release last year, it differed 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.

Side-by-side comparisons show the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” 2011 and “Playoff” 2019 retros see both looking good.

Some thought the 2019 “Playoffs” would sport #45 on the heel like the 2018 Concord remastered retro.


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I’m getting this question a lot, and I mentioned back in December, when I was gifted the Air Jordan 11 Concord by Jordan Brand, that it had an “easter egg” on the tag of the dust bags. The next question that needed to be asked is whether the number 45 or number 23 will be on the back of the shoe. So here’s a classic photo of Sandy Bodecker (RIP) and Tinker Hatfield with a few classics. You’ll notice the “sample” Air Jordan 11 on the table with 45 on back. It was supposed to happen for the 1995-96 season until MJ switched his number in the 1995 NBA playoffs. Now of course MJ never wore this version of the 11 but if it does come into existence in December, can we say the shoe never even happened? Whether it’s 23 or 45, I don’t mind, but my preference would still be 23. . #solecollector #sneakerfreaker #kicksonfire #sneakernews #nicekicks #sneakershouts #theshoegame #stockx #sneakerbardetroit #sneakerwatch #hypebeast #highsnobiety #modernnotoriety #jordansdaily #weartesters #nightwingknows #complexkicks #jumpman23 #jordansdaily #jordandepot #ogairjordans #retroairjordans #soletoday #igsneakercommunity #sneakerhistory #sneakerheads #kickstagram #nike #kicks #solenation #mjo23dan

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For reference, the pair Mike played in during the Bulls’ fourth title run following their historic 72-10 season featured 23 on the heel as he was back to his original number by that point in time.

With that said, the samples did sport 45 which is enough to excite fans. However, photos of the 2019 pair have 23 on the back.

It is said the Air Jordan 11 “Playoff” will return on December 14, 2019 for $220. Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for all updates.

Air Jordan 11 “Playoff”

Release Date: December 14th, 2019
Color: Black/White-Varsity Red
Style Code: 378037-061
Price: $220


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AJ 11 2019 is back???

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