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Sneaker Spotlight: Air Jordan Retro 11 'Cap and Gown'

It’s no secret that the Air Jordan 11 is one of the most memorable silhouettes His Airness has ever laced up.  Fresh out of his brief stint playing minor league baseball for the Birmingham Barons and losing to the Shaq and Penny led Orlando Magic in the second round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs the year prior, Michael Jordan returned in 1995 out for blood.That year he collected the regular season and All-Star MVP awards en route to his fourth championship ring wherein he also nabbed Finals MVP all while rocking the ultra-sleek Air Jordan 11 designed by the legendary Tinker Hatfield.

The combination of the glossy patent leather mudguard and the iconic translucent outsole added a level of class and flair not yet seen in Jordan brand at the time. With this new look, the Air Jordan 11 took on new life with the public as an alternative to the normally humdrum formal wear.

Initially leaked as the “Blackout” and “Prom Night” 11s, The Air Jordan 11 “Cap and Gown” celebrates the acceptance of the 11 as a piece of formal wear. Dressed in a suede upper the already classy shoe takes on an even more dapper look. Details are everything when it comes to Jordan Brand and this 11 might be a perfect example, the laces are even braided to resemble graduation cords/tassels as an homage to all the times someone has crossed the stage rocking the 11.

Jordan Brand takes the formal theme all the way by adding the metal Air Jordan logo and fusing the icy outsole with black for a very fresh smoky look. These extra-elequent sneakers are launching just in time for graduation. The Air Jordan 11 “Cap and Gown” drops May 26, 2018 in stores, online, and on the City Gear App for $250. 

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