Today marks the 20th anniversary of Michael Jordan’s classic animated movie Space Jam. The Warner Bros.-produced film paired Jordan with Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes, who he had first appeared alongside in a series of Nike ads promoting his Air Jordan sneakers in the early ’90s.
This year sees the return of the Air Jordan 11 Retro ‘Space Jam’. Well, sort of. It’s actually a PE MJ wore during the Playoffs against the Orlando Magic.
The material is breathable so that’s going to scores some points but its noticeably not as ventilated as something like the Air Jordan VI, which I still feel has the best ventilation out of the entire lineup.
Patent leather and ballistic nylon mesh are used along the upper… oh, and a very small piece of cheap split grain leather is located at the heel.But anyway the material is well
The traction is sold ,and clear sections are nice and sticky straight out the box, which is good and bad depending on court conditions.
Using lightweight Phylon and full length Air unit in place, cushion is solid as well. While they aren’t as soft as the original or 2000/01 Retro releases, they are still leaps and bounds better than previous Air Jordan models. Impact absorption is available and consistent throughout while still maintaining decent court feel in the forefoot.
The Carbon Fiber adds a lot of support along the entire base of the foot, not just the arch, and the overall fit provides you with the extra reassurance you’d want or need
Lockdown is great all the way up the shoe so there isn’t much to complain about. Only thing that could pose a problem is that the materials are ‘weak’ in comparison to today’s synthetics but this is where growing up in the 90’s comes into play
Overall – The Air Jordan XI is a straight beast on-court. They look good, feel good and they play well on top of that. These are still one of my personal favorite on-court options of all time. There are better options, of course, but just knowing that you won’t lose and ankle or mess up your knees is definitely something to consider. It’s really their increased price that will cause someone to not wear these on-courts