Jordan Brand debuted their Holiday 2017 collection on Wednesday featuring a plethora fresh winter gear coupled with two new Jordan retro 11s. This release came just days removed from the preseason debut of the new Jordan Brand Charlotte Hornets jersey, and their collaboration with Just Don in an initiative to bring back basketball short shorts. Basically, it’s been a strong month for all-things Jordan.
The ‘Win Like Mike’ collection is the cornerstone of Jordan’s Holiday 2017 lineup. Jordan Brand explained the thought process behind the line, saying; “From a national title-winning shot as a college freshman in 1982 to a record-setting championship season in 1996, MJ’s career was defined by winning. Winning like ‘82 and ‘96 means more than cutting down nets and raising banners, though, it means knocking down barriers to fly above in the pursuit of greatness.”
The short version of that is, we’re getting new Air Jordan XI and Air Jordan XXXII low colorways based off of Michael Jordan’s 1982 national title win at North Carolina and his 1996 NBA title win in Chicago. Yeah, that’ll work.
Something about the Jordan logo with the North Carolina blue backdrop just feels right, and there’s a reason for the prominence of the navy blue on the XI. Jordan Brand described the ‘82 colorway “as a tribute to his alma mater, MJ famously wore his collegiate practice shorts under his professional uniform. The Air Jordan XI Win Like ‘82 celebrates this ritual by featuring a university blue Jumpman and midnight navy patent leather that ties back to his alternate practice short colorway.”
Red and black is, unsurprisingly, a regular color scheme in Jordans being the Bulls colors, but they always seem to find ways to bring unique takes on the classic color combination. You don’t have to be a diehard sneakerhead to figure out that the ’96 XIs in particular are going to be extremely popular with the all-red look.
Both the Jordan XI and Jordan XXXII low versions of the ’82 colorway will be availalbe on November 11th, with the ’96 colorways of both dropping on December 9th.