Back in 1993, Michael Jordan abruptly announced that he was retiring from the sport of professional basketball. Many assumed they would never see him perform on a basketball court ever again. On March 19th, 1995 though, Michael Jordan was back on the hardwood, back with the Chicago Bulls, but the number on the jersey that he was wearing was not “23.” For the remainder of the 1995–96 NBA season, “45” became his number and it even appeared on Air Jordan pairs that he laced up in. One such pair was the Air Jordan 11 “Concord,” which is returning this year, complete with the “45” on the heels.
While it is scheduled to be among this year’s upcoming Air Jordan releases 2018, this is certainly not the first time the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” has made a comeback. The last time it returned to retailers was back in 2011. Michael Jordan originally wore the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” during the 1995–96 NBA season, which as explained, was the reason that “45” replaced the usual “23,” since Michael Jordan’s former number had been retired. The “Concord” has even been referred to as the single most popular colorway from the entire Air Jordan line, regardless of the model.
In just a few hours, the “Concord” Air Jordan 11 will make its official return to retail. Arguably the single most popular shoe from the entire Air Jordan signature line, the “Concords” were Michael Jordan’s primary weapon of choice during the Chicago Bulls’ historic 1995-1996 season. Teamed up with Hall of Famers Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, as well as key role players like Ron Harper, Toni Kukoc and Steve Kerr, MJ and the Bulls won an NBA record 72 regular season games en route to the franchise’s fourth NBA Championship. Jordan also swept the All-Star, League and Finals MVP Awards, was named First Team All NBA and All Defense and won his eighth of ten overall scoring titles.
As of now, there is no complete photo of the 2018 version. However, these incomplete glimpses do suggest that the version joining this year’s Air Jordan releases will look exactly the same as the pair that Michael Jordan wore. So like the original, this year’s Air Jordan 11 “Concord” will also be mostly plain White, with Black appearing over its glossy patent leather mudguards, inner lining and the branding. Above all though, its heels will feature 45 instead of 23 like the original as well. Despite the lack of official photos, the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” will reportedly retail at a price of $220 on December 8, 2018.
Air Jordan 11 “Concord”
Release Date: December 8, 2018
378037-100 | $220