This Miami Dolphins-Inspired Air Jordan 11 is Only a Looksee Sample
The Air Jordan 11 is lauded by many as one of the greatest basketball sneakers of all time on both performance and looks. While SF readers consider both factors, it’s safe to say the latter holds more weighting when talking about the 11. This can be attributed to its super glossy patent leather mudguard, something of a masterstroke by designer Tinker Hatfield. When paired with bright colourways, the model just pops. Take, for example, this teal and orange colourway that’s pretty parallel to the Miami Dolphins kit. Sadly, it appears this pair may never hit retail as it’s a sample.
Specifically, it’s a looksee sample, which comes at a stage of the footwear creation process where a potential makeup is manufactured for approval. Sometimes they make it to retail; sometimes they are scrapped. Shared by Chao Tang of @collectors_closet, these 11s maintain the OG spec of patent mudguards, ballistic nylon uppers and ice soles. It’s all teal, save for contrasting white rope laces and midsole. There’s a pop of orange on the lateral ankle Jumpman logo and tongue strip.
It seems to have sneakerheads hot under the bonnet, with even DJ Khaled in the ,comments section asking for them. While the 11s are labelled ‘Not For Resale’, everything has a price…