Air Jordan 11 “Win Like ’82” Unboxing
The holidays have always been a frenzy for basketball sneakerheads. Since 2009, Nike started releasing different colorways of the highly-coveted Air Jordan 11. Every year, they almost always sell out, with prices spiking up to as high as double the SRP in the reseller market.
This year, things are a bit different. Nike dropped two Air Jordan 11s for holiday 2017. The first one is this November and another come December. I was fortunate enough to get the November release of the Air Jordan 11 thanks to Titan.
Let’s get into unboxing the Air Jordan 11 “Win like ’82”!
Just like all Air Jordan 11s released since 2009 (save for the 2012 release), the “Win like ’82” Air Jordan 11s came with a special slide out box. It’s decked in Midnight blue and Carolina blue — a homage to the University of North Carolina, Michael Jordan’s alma mater.
What’s with the name and color palette? This particular Air Jordan 11 looks back to Michael Jordan’s championship year at UNC in 1982, where the then-freshman Jordan hit the game-winner against Georgetown.
After you slide out the box, you are greeted with a hard plastic cover with the letters XI. Yes, the Air Jordan 11 is one of the most premium retro sneakers from Jordan brand.
Upon closer inspection, that plastic cover has three quotes, namely:
- Tinker made them shine (Tinker Hatfield is the person who designed the Air Jordan 11)
- Mike made them fly (in reference to Jordan using the Air Jordan 11 during the 96-97 NBA season)
- You made them iconic (in reference to the Air Jordan 11’s cult status to sneakerheads)
After removing the hard plastic cover, you are greeted with two sets of tissue: one being the carbon fiber-patterned one, and the other being your typical tissue you see everytime you purchase a new pair of shoes.
Finally, you get your hands on the sneaker itself. This particular Air Jordan 11 has a white upper and midsole, a midnight blue patent leather mudguard, lining, and heel tab, along with Carolina blue for the Jumpman logo. Fun trivia: Before its retail release, there was a similar colorway that came out in 2000 as a sample pair, and one of these sample pairs is being sold for $22,000 (you read that right!)
Inside these sneakers, you get a hard plastic shoe tree, which is a trademark accessory for all Air Jordan 11 retro releases since 2009. Of course, the hard plastic shoe trees with this pair are decked in Carolina blue.
While its Php 10,795 SRP is hard to fathom, it is a worthy buy for sneakerheads like me for several reasons. Aside from being an Air Jordan retro, the Air Jordan 11s are one of the most iconic sneakers in the line, and that its white and blue motif is a great color combination that and go with almost any attire.