words // Zack Schlemmer

The day is upon us.

Ever since we all first spotted a pair on Michael Jordan’s feet at the 1996 NBA Championship parade for the Chicago Bulls, Air Jordan fans have been waiting for the “Concord” Air Jordan XI Low. What has been unattainable for years—except for His Airness himself—can finally be yours.

Since what is surely the most anticipated colorway for any Air Jordan 11 Low ever (and probablyany Air Jordan low-top, for that matter) arrived today, we thought we’d rank the best Air Jordan 11 Low colorways of all time. 

We considered both the original IE construction and the patent leather clad retros for this countdown, but did limit it to only versions that have released at retail.  So as we keep waiting for the return of Michael’s PE black/red low and alternate black and red sample pairs from 1996, let’s take a look at eleven of the best Air Jordan XI Low colorways you’ve actually had a chance to purchase. Where does the long-awaited Concord colorway stand? Keep scrolling to find out.


10. White/Zen Grey (2001)

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9. White/Varsity Red-Black (2012) 


8. IE White/Grey-Cobalt (1996, 2003 Retro)

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7. White/Navy 'Snakeskin' (2001)

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6. White/Citrus Women’s (2001)



5. White/Varsity Red (2001)


4. White/Columbia Blue (2001)


3. White/Black-True Red (2013)


2. IE Black/Dark Grey-True Red (1996, 2003 & 2011 Retros)


1. White/Black-Dark Concord (2014)