Everything changed when Nike signed Jordan in '84. Although they already had bball sneakers in the line up, the Jordan era set the tone for what basketball sneakers could be on and off the court. For years the Swoosh and this new "Jumpman" co-existed until MJ's brand went out on its own in '97 and never looked back. Now when you look back at the legacy of Jordan the player, and the gear he wore, from his championships he won and records he broke to the 1's through the 18 and beyond, it's impossible to separate the athlete from the brand because they fed of each other. And that's what makes it so magical. People want to dress 'like Mike' because they want to be 'like Mike' and tap into this rich history. And sometimes all it takes is lacing up a pair of sneakers or throwing on a t-shirt.
This Air Jordan 11 Retro's cascading navy mesh upper is like a winding staircase that leads into the mudguard of your dreams, decked out in a luscious midnight blue velvet. A metallic silver Jumpman and 'need to salt this area immediately' icy outsole seals the deal.