Webster’s Dictionary defines the word popular as, “commonly liked or approved.” Jordan shoe fanatics would describe the Air Jordan the same way. Actually every single edition of the Air Jordan signature sneaker line can be described as popular. But when it come down to determining the most popular Jordan shoe ever made, there is a clear cut winner. The Jordan 11 stands head and shoulders above all of the other shoes that make up the most sought after line of basketball shoes in the history of sneakers.
The legendary Air Jordan 11 was first released during the 1995-96 NBA regular season. This shoe was the most famous and most popular model of the Air Jordan line.
The Jordan 11 was worn by Michael Jordan during this season. The season he came out of retirement for the first time. After attempting a career in professional baseball, Michael returned to the NBA and immediately became the dominating presence that he had been before he retired. He led the Bulls to their fourth NBA Finals Championship. He was named the Most Valuable Player for the NBA regular season, All-Star game, and NBA Finals. He averaged 30.4 points per game. He accomplished all of this wearing the epic Jordan 11.
Perhaps what makes the Jordan 11 so popular is the exceptional silhouette that was created in the design process. The man who was responsible for this superior silhouette was the legendary Nike shoe designer Tinker Hatfield. This shoe not only marked the return of Michael, it marked the return of Hatfield as well. Hatfield had designed the Air Jordan starting with the Jordan 3. Hatfield added patent leather to the upper of the shoe and placed a clear rubber sole on the outsole and the most popular Jordan shoe ever made was complete.
On December 23, 2011 the most popular colorway of the most popular Jordan shoe will make a triumphant return to the sneaker world. The Jordan 11 “Concord” is arguably the most popular version of the most epic shoe ever worn by MJ. This predominately White shoe with Black patent leather accents and a clear, translucent sole will be available for purchase and marks the third year in a row that a Jordan 11 Retro will release during the holiday season.
If there is still any doubt as to what is the most popular pair of Jordan shoes for basketball, keep this in mind. In 2000-2001 when the Jordan 11’s were retroed in 15 different colorways, the highest quantity of any Jordan shoe sold out in the shortest amount of time. The upcoming Jordan 11 “Concord” will sell out within hours. This shoe is commonly liked and approved by sneakerheads. In other words, popular.
I have been an avid sneakerhead for 40 years. From running shoes to my true passion, basketball shoes, I own more pairs of shoes than I can count. Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, and Reebok are dropping some pretty sick kicks right now. If you are like a sneakerhead like me, you truly can’t wait for tomorrow when news of a new sneaker drop will be announced.