The all-Black Air Jordan 11 with Royal Blue accents and translucent icy outsoles that modern day Jordanheads recognize as the “Space Jam” iteration will likely always be known by that nickname. After all, Michael Jordan himself was seen wearing the sneaker in the 1996 film in which he joins the Looney Tunes in the animated world to defeat the Monstars in a basketball game. It was recently revealed that the upcoming Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam,” which is among this year’s Holiday 2016 Air Jordan releases, would be featuring “45” instead of “23” on the heels.
Furthermore, it has also come to be known that this sneaker’s patent leather mudguards have the “OG” style cut and the insoles sport the classic Nike Air branding. It was on November 10, 1996 when Space Jam was released, but the Air Jordan 11 featured it in did not make its debut in the film itself. Based on the latest reports, Michael Jordan had already rocked a sample of the same Air Jordan 11 iteration on the court back in 1995 and it was a year later that he wore it in the film. Although technically the same sneakers, the presence of the “45” is apparently proof that the 2016 version is inspired from the Michael Jordan’s game-worn sample rather than the one from the film.
It took four years for Jordan Brand to finally drop the original Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam” in 2000 in the form of a retro released and the “45” on the heels had been replaced with the signature “23.” The sneaker had once again received the retro treatment back in 2009 and once again the heels featured “23.” So, the fact that this year’s version is bearing the “43” might just mean that it is a nod to Michael Jordan’s original sample rather than the one from the film it got its nickname from. Nonetheless, that does not change the fact that this sneaker will always be known as the Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam” and it has been confirmed it arrives a few days before Christmas, on December 17th.
Air Jordan 11 “Space Jam”
Release Date: December 17th, 2016