Live Look at the Self-Lacing Air Jordan 11 AdaptRelease: 30 December 2020
A few weeks ago, Jordan Brand announced arguably one of the biggest shakeups to their retro offering ever since becoming a Nike sub-brand in 1997: the Air Jordan 11 Adapt. Yes, one of JB’s most iconic models has met Nike’s latest self-lacing technology in a move that joins past and future.
At surface level, the namesake tech has been more or less simply retrofitted to the AJ11 – which is a good thing. It shows the brands have respected the OG silhouette designed by Tinker Hatfield, who undoubtedly has given the new Adapt version his blessing, because, after all, he helped develop the technology!
The Hatfield DNA is riddled throughout this white patent, transparent TPU, and black ballistic nylon design. This colourway is modelled on early AJ11 sketches, which may not be immediately apparent to JB newcomers and old ‘heads alike. However, the ice sole, carbon detailing, and large Jumpman branding, among other details, should be a familiar sight.
The Adapt system is fairly seamlessly integrated into the AJ11’s upper. Its lace-to-toe loops now fit the fine wires used to tighten the fit, while some lit control buttons sit flush on the lateral midsole arch. Because of the extra hardware required to operate these shoes, namely the charging mat, the box has been redesigned to fit everything neatly. Batteries are included.
The Air Jordan 11 Adapt releases on December 30. They ain’t cheap – retail will be $500, so just imagine what secondary market prices will be.