You could argue one sneaker started it all. All the sneakerheads. All the campouts. All the hype and passion. You could argue it all started 19 years ago and no one would bat an eye.
When Michael Jordan showed up for Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals wearing some new patent leather sneaker that the designers at Nike didn’t even want him rocking, we all lost it. And while the Concord and Bred colorways of the Air Jordan XI would go on to become two of the most beloved basketball sneakers ever made, the story of this classic silhouette always seems to overlook one shoe: The “Columbia” Jordan XI.
Do you remember that colorway? Hopefully you do, at least if you consider yourself some type of sneaker connoisseur. It was this colorway that Mike rocked during the 1996 NBA All-Star Game, that fabled night in San Antonio when Jordan officially reaffirmed his status among the basketball hierarchy, scoring 20 points and winning the midseason classic’s MVP. At the time, Chicago was 42-5, on a crash course with history. But Jordan was still a player six days away from his 33rd birthday looking to avenge an ugly and embarrassing playoff defeat the year prior. This game changed things.
Nearly two decades later and this Air Jordan XI colorway is back as the centerpiece of The Game Plan’s new collection from Champs Sports. The good thing for you is that this classic sneaker won’t be all you can get. With hoodies, snapbacks, graphic T-shirts, and other sneakers like the Air Jordan I and the Jordan Flex Trainer – all of them sporting the “Legend Blue” colors – you can spend the entire winter looking fly.
This holiday season, make sure you’re stunting on everyone with a classic Jordan colorway. Whether you want to call it North Carolina blue or “Legend Blue” doesn’t really matter. All that matters is that this collection from The Game Plan and Champs Sports is impossible to resist.