Sneakerheads Line Up For New Air Jordan 11 That Pays Tribute to Chicago Legend

Rachel Pierson
December 14, 2019 - 11:50 am
Nike Jordan Retro 11

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Hundreds of people lined up outside the Nike store on North Michigan Avenue with the hopes of getting the new Air Jordan 11 retro.

Some people starting camping out in front of the store starting at 3 a.m.

The throwback shoe made its return for the first time since 2012 and is designed by artist Tinker Hatfield. 

It stays true to the original with the number "23" printed on the heel and a higher patent leather cut — resembling the exact shoe Michael Jordan wore throughout the 1995-1996 Bulls season.

For those standing in line, they're waiting to pay tribute to a Chicago legend.

"They're pretty amazing and it's an OG style with the Nike sign inside the shoe," said Ernesto Oviedo.

"This one just brings back a lot of memories for a lot of people including myself, because I remember that actual day," said Jonathan Edison.

"I actually witnessed this man play live in person and it's just like seeing a unicorn," added Kirson Kerby.

The limited edition shoes sell for about $220 and while some pairs are just for collecting, Jordan fans say these retro kicks will likely get some use. 

"I'm definitely gonna wear them," said Edison. 

Fans took to social media to share their love — and criticism — of the new shoes, dubbed Breds 11, which are being sold in several other Chicago locations and online. For those that came out in person though, the shoe is a special moment in basketball and cultural history, one that makes it even sweeter by waiting in line.