When Tinker Hatfield was working on the Jordan 11 ahead of the 1995-96 NBA season, Michael Jordan’s first full comeback season, his vision of a never before seen basketball shoe design led to the inclusion of prominently featured, glossy patent leather. The sheen, along with the 11’s curvy lines were inspired by the glamorous world of sports cars.
With summer in the air, the Jordan 11 takes a seasonal turn with the “cap and gown,” featuring a stately all black colorway and a premium nubuck upper to go along with the formalwear feeling of the patent leather. The cap and gown Jordan 11 may be inspired by a special occasion, but now that you’re an adult, you don’t need to set aside a specific time to break out this kind of style.
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