Remembering the Men’s Basketball team back in the days is enough to make any sneakerhead feel nostalgic considering the kicks they used to lace up in. Back when Michael Jordan played for the USA Men’s Basketball team as a part of the Dream Team, he had worn the coveted Air Jordan 7 “Olympic.” This year’s national squad also continues the legacy and many of the kicks that were on display there will likely never hit the shelves on one of the upcoming Jordan release 2015, apart from one.
This year’s USA Men’s Basketball team consisted of renowned NBA players like Chris Paul, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry and many others. The sneaker that is being referred to, which appeared to be the best amongst the others, was the never-before-released and never-before-seen Air Jordan 11 IE Low pair that Chris Paul was wearing during practice. Just recently, the IE version of the Air Jordan 11 Low arrived at retailers in a “Cobalt” colorway and the OG “Bred” colorway was rumored to be amongst the Air Jordan releases 2015, but apparently that is not the case.
As for the sneaker that was spotted on Chris Paul’s feet, it is the “Referee” iteration of the Air Jordan 11 IE Low that Jordan Brand and Nike never officially released. The nickname probably drops a hint, NBA referees wore this all-black sneaker during the 1995-96 NBA season. Jordan Brand designed this colorway in accordance with the uniform regulations of the NBA, which declared that black sneakers had to be worn by referees. Unlike the “Bred” colorway, this sockliner of this sneaker is also dressed up in black, with red accents only making an appearance on the outsole and tongue.
Ever since the mid 90’s, merely sample pairs of the Air Jordan 11 IE Low “Referee” have occasionally surfaced and none of them have been up for grabs, which means that sneakerheads surely want to get their hands on it. Now they will get that opportunity on one of the upcoming Jordan release dates 2015 when this sneaker arrives at retailers on September 26th and will retail for $170.
Air Jordan 11 Low IE Referee
Release Date: September 26th, 2015
306008-003 | $170