Will there be an NBA season this year? I sure hope so. It doesn’t look good right now. And that is not good news for anyone. Not the NBA. Not the owners. Not the players. And certainly not the fans. But, perhaps, the people that would most be hurt by an NBA lockout would be the diehard sneakerheads that live for the next sick basketball shoe to drop. The signature sneaker lines would be most affected by the looming lockout. The thought of having to go a full NBA regular season without a Kobe Bryant or Lebron James signature sneaker is quite frightening for a whole lot of sneakerheads. But, if I know Nike, and specifically Jordan Brand, like I think I know these two, the absence of a basketball season will not deter them from making new sneakers. And that is good news for sneakerheads in general and specifically Jordanheads.
The guys over at Jordan Brand have and will continue to expand on the success they had with the Jordan 2011. The latest and greatest shoe to use the 2011 technology comes to us in the form of the Air Jordan 2011 A Flight. This new model uses the Nike Flywire techology that provides a lightweight, stable ride. Varsity royal is used on a primarily black leather upper. Varsity royal is also used on the midsole. The always very cool translucent icy outsole is used here, and a royal blue Jumpman logo is used on the side panels of the shoe as well as on the tongue. Black laces finish off a very nice edition to the Jordan 2011 stable of kicks that continue to drop.
The 2011 season has seen the re-emergence of the Air Jordan signature sneaker. The original Jordan 2011 was received to rave reviews sneakerheads and Jordanheads alike. After suffering through the two years of unremarkable Jordan models that 2009 and 2010 brought us, the 2011 Jordan signature shoe was not only a welcome relief, it was a model that revived the Air Jordan line. This shoe brought back both the ultimate in design and performance that Jordan kicks have had from the very beginning. The 2011 took performance to another level by allowing ballers to use two separate insoles in which to take the court. Now, if you were a baller that had an explosive game, you had a pair of red insoles to pop into your Jordan’s. If, on the other hand, you were a baller that needed enhanced responsiveness, you could pop a blue pair of insoles into your Jordan’s. Regardless of what type of player you were, the Jordan 2011 had an insole that would best suit your game.
Due to the success of the 2011, Jordan Brand has released other models with similar technology at a lower price point than that of it’s flagship model which had a $170 pricetag. The new Jordan 2011 A Flight is one of these models and will be priced at $120. It will also be dropping soon at Footlocker.com and Finishline.com this month.
The NBA lockout won’t affect the Jordan signature sneaker shoe line. We will continue to see new Jordan shoes for basketball and that is very good news indeed.
I have been an avid sneakerhead for 40 years. From running shoes to my true passion, basketball shoes, I own more pairs of shoes than I can count. Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, and Reebok are dropping some pretty sick kicks right now. If you are like a sneakerhead like me, you truly can’t wait for tomorrow when news of a new sneaker drop will be announced.