“Columbia Blue” happens to be one of the two official school colors of Columbia University, the other being white. Back in the 19th century, the Philolexian Society and Peithologian Society were two literary societies that were the core of the university’s student life. The Columbia Blue hue was originally drawn from the Philolexian Society. Columbia University’s Office of University Publications defines Columbia Blue as Pantone 290, but the hue used by Columbia Athletics is is slightly darker version of Columbia Blue defined as Pantone 292. Jordan Brand has often used “Columbia Blue” on their sneakers and this year it will be appearing over the Air Jordan 11 Low.
There is actually already an OG “Columbia” colorway of the regular Air Jordan 11 model that Jordan Brand had dropped back in February 1996 and it had originally retailed at a price of $125. The Air Jordan 11 “Columbia” was a predominantly all-White sneaker with clean ballistic nylon uppers with matching plain White-colored yet glossy patent leather mudguards. The sneaker was also equipped with carbon fiber sheaths, carbon fiber spring plates, Huarache inner sleeves and a quick lace system. The colorway’s signature “Columbia Blue” hue after which it is nicknamed appeared merely over its icy translucent Air soles.
On the other hand, not only will the upcoming Air Jordan 11 be a low-top version, it will also feature a greater amount of the Columbia Blue hue, and it will be joining the Spring/Summer Air Jordan releases 2017. Not too long ago, Nike published official photos of this sneaker, and now Instagram user @sneakerer also shared a few. Sneakerheads may not know this but this sneaker is basically a remastered rendition since Jordan Brand dropped it once before, back in 2001. The ballistic nylon base of this sneaker essentially plain White, while Columbia Blue covers the patent leather overlays running around its mudguards. It is also equipped with all-White midsoles and icy blue translucent outsoles.
While it has been quite a while since the regular Air Jordan 11 “Columbia” last hit the shelves, it is a good thing that Jordan Brand is bringing back this low-top variation. According to rumors, the returning Air Jordan 11 Low “Columbia” will arrive at select Jordan Brand and Nike retailers somewhere in May 2017, and its retail price will apparently be $175.
Air Jordan 11 Low “Columbia”
Release Date: May 2017
528895-106 | $175