This year brings an exciting treat for Nike and Air Jordan enthusiasts—the much-anticipated release of the Air Jordan 11 Gratitude retro, a special edition paying homage to Michael Jordan’s iconic “Concord” pair from 1995. As we eagerly await its 12th December 2023 debut, let’s delve into the fascinating history of the Air Jordan 11 series.

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For over a decade, Team Jumpman has made it a holiday tradition to unveil a new iteration of Jordan’s patent leather-covered sneaker. The Air Jordan 11 “Concord” originally graced the market on November 10th, 1995, but its journey began months earlier when Tinker Hatfield, the renowned designer, presented a sample version to “His Airness.”

In March of the same year, Michael Jordan, returning to the Chicago Bulls after an 18-month hiatus, was captivated by Hatfield’s latest creation. Despite the cautionary note that the pair was not fully ready, Jordan, now wearing jersey #45, laced up the sneakers for the 1994-95 NBA Playoffs against the Orlando Magic. However, due to a color scheme (“White/Black/Dark Concord“) not compliant with league regulations, the shoes only saw two games. The iconic footwear made its official comeback during the 1995-96 season, marking Jordan’s triumphant return to the NBA and eventual fourth NBA title.

Air Jordan 11 Gratitude
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Air Jordan 11 Gratitude

The retail versions of the Air Jordan 11 featured the iconic “23” on the heel, differing from the pair MJ initially wore. Priced at $125, the Air Jordan 11 became the flagship offering of the line at its launch. The championship-winning sneaker returned on October 25th, 2000, allowing fans to relish the storied pair during MJ’s second retirement. Six years later, a second retail version dropped as part of the “Defining Moments” Pack.

Now, as we anticipate the Air Jordan 11 Gratitude release, this edition promises not only a glimpse into the rich history of Michael Jordan’s iconic sneakers but also an exciting chapter in the ongoing legacy of the Air Jordan line.

Air Jordan 11 Gratitude:

  • Name: Air Jordan 11 Gratitude
  • Release Status: 12th December 2023
  • Upper Material: Premium leather (replacing ballistic mesh)
  • Patent Leather: Glossy “Black” with “Metallic Gold” accents
Air Jordan 11 Gratitude 
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Air Jordan 11 Gratitude

Having closely examined various images and videos circulating on the web, I couldn’t help but immerse myself in the unreleased beauty of the Air Jordan 11 Gratitude. Despite not having the physical pair in hand, the visual experience provided ample insight into what promises to be a remarkable addition to the Air Jordan legacy.

From the outset, the “Gratitude” appears to be a meticulous homage to its predecessor, the iconic “DMP” release. The premium leather upper immediately catches the eye, replacing the familiar ballistic mesh and elevating the shoe’s overall sophistication. The glossy “Black” patent leather, synonymous with the Air Jordan 11, retains its sleek and formal aesthetic, now adorned with tasteful “Metallic Gold” accents on the branding throughout the shoe.

Zooming in on the details, the higher-cut patent leather mudguard suggests a departure from the standard, while the shinier Jumpman on the heel adds a touch of luxury. The distinct “23” on the spine, existing as its piece rather than a printed element, exudes a sense of craftsmanship. The milky outsole, reminiscent of the beloved “72-10” retro from 2015, not only offers a nostalgic nod but also introduces a subtle contemporary twist.

In line with its “Gratitude” theme, the sneaker features a unique quote beneath the tongue, a departure from the traditional script. The words, “Quality Basketball Product Created In Gratitude By The Greatest Player Ever,” add a personal touch and reinforce the appreciation for Michael Jordan’s enduring legacy. The tissue paper wrapping, adorned with “Thank You” in various languages, suggests a thoughtful and culturally inclusive packaging approach.

Although the box design may lack the elaborate features of the 2006 “DMP” launch, its “Black/Metallic Gold” color scheme exudes a sense of understated luxury, perfectly complementing the essence of the “Gratitude” theme.

While I eagerly await the opportunity to have the Air Jordan 11 Gratitude in hand, the virtual exploration has left me impressed. The careful consideration of details, the premium materials used, and the overall aesthetic coherence suggest that this unreleased pair is not just a shoe; it’s a testament to the ongoing legacy of the Air Jordan 11 and a celebration of gratitude for the game, the craft, and the iconic player who inspired it all.

Air Jordan 11 Gratitude Closer look
Air Jordan 11 Gratitude Closer look

Air Jordan 11 Gratitude: Sizes & Prices

Size RunSKURetail Price
Grade School378038-170$185
Little Kids378039-170$100
Infant & Toddler378040-170$80

Air Jordan 11 Gratitude: Release Details

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Nike SNKRS US10 am ESTNorth AmericaStandard
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JD Sports US10am ESTNorth AmericaComing Soon
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eBayN/AWorldwideAfter Market


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Jimmy McPherson

Jimmy McPherson

Jimmy is the former founder of Midwest Soles, a sneaker and streetwear reselling company. He's a current business student with a continued passion for sneakers and sneaker reselling.


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