Jordan Brand Make the Self-Lacing Air Jordan 11 Adapt a RealityRelease: 30 December 2020
Probably the biggest news to hit the sneakersphere overnight is an update to the Air Jordan 11 design after 25 years. Nike and Jordan Brand have retrofitted their self-lacing Adapt technology to the coveted retro baller, forming the aptly-named Air Jordan 11 Adapt.
This new model fulfils a design wish Tinker Hatfield made when he was sketching up the AJ11 back in the mid-1990s. He reportedly intended to feature a laceless closure system and really advance sneaker technology. As history would go on to dictate, it would be another 20 years before Nike developed Adapt for retail release.
As for the new AJ11 Adapt, it retains most of the original design cues. The high-top still showcases its glossy patent leather mudguard and toe cap, while ballistic nylon protects the tongue. Flowing foam still makes up the midsole, and the outsole is quintessentially iced out. Updates come via translucent TPE yarn overlays on the side panels, revealing a glimpse into previously hidden details. And, of course, the name Adapt tech is seen via the modified closure system that still integrates the original eyelet loops, and the lateral adjustment buttons are placed at the midsole arch.
Like other Adapt shoes, these AJ11s recharge via a wireless mat, and can be fine tuned via a dedicated app. A release isn’t due until December 30, so it’ll give punters plenty of time to save up for the expected $500 RRP. Demand will likely be very high.