#4 – Air Jordan XI “Concord”
What three shoes could have possibly topped the one of the most popular kicks ever made? Nothing more really needs to be said about the Air Jordan XI “Concord” that hasn’t already been said, and for me, that’s kind of the problem. It’s legacy is secure, but somewhere along the way, the Concords went from being a shoe that represented the best of sneaker culture to being something that shows the ugly, greedy side of the game.
When I picked up the shoe that would end up becoming #3 on this list, I was talking with a fellow sneakerhead about the shoes that were coming down the pipeline for the rest of the year. The conversation eventually drifted to the Concords, and I said that as much as I like those shoes, they are not worth lining up a day or three ahead of time. He strongly disagreed, but not because he was a huge fan of Jordan, but rather he was thinking about how much money he was going to make reselling them. I don’t have a problem with that practice; I’ve seen it as a gamer as well, but if the end result is people getting physically hurt over them, then that’s when the shoe became a little tarnished in my eyes.
It’s blue, it’s green, it’s orange, it’s got spackles. It’s #3…
Check out the updated list so far…
- #20-11 – The contenders that did not make the top ten…
- #10 – Air Jordan I “Banned”
- #9 – Supreme x Nike SB 94
- #8 – Air Jordan XIII Ray Allen PE
- #7 – Nike Zoom KD IV “Weatherman”
- #6 – Nike LeBron 8 Low “Sprite”
- #5 – Nike Air Force 1 “Year of the Rabbit”
With the year coming to a close and only one more major release left (Nike LeBron 9 “Freegums”), now is a great time to unveil the Nike Examiner’s list for the top ten Nike kicks of the year. 2011 was a great year for kicks and included plenty of monumental releases that resonated not only with the sneaker aficionados, but in the pop culture world as well. From the return of the most memorable colorway of the one of the most beloved shoes of all time to the maturation of the LeBron James’ signature line to a celebration 80s nostalgia, Nike kept collectors busy all year with its myriad of definitive releases.
Just to be clear, this list includes anything and everything that was released to the public under the Nike umbrella, so that includes Jordan Brand, Converse and even Cole Haan (yes, we can get sophisticated here too). What it also means is that exclusives created only for friends and family and select Nike athletes are not included in this list. We want to honor all of the great Nike kicks of the past year, but it’s not fair that the public has to watch top ten list is full of kicks that they don’t have a chance of hell of ever owning. And of course, this list is representative of my personal taste and mine alone. If you disagree with any of these choices, you are more than free to comment below or argue with me on Twitter, I guess.