Chris Paul fans who have followed his career would have spotted him wearing the first Air Jordan 11 IE Low “Referee” during the USA Basketball mini camp. Recent Sneaker news buzzing around reported that the brand will reboot the original Referee and release it this year.
Air Jordan 11 IE Low Referee
Release Date:September 26, 2015
The first Air Jordan 11 IE Low clad in black colorway was originally styled for NBA referees. First conceptualized in 1996, the footwear had NBA referees in mind as they can only wear all-black sneakers. With this concept, the model is dubbed as “Referee”.
The upcoming sneakers may only look simple in design by utilizing mainly black uppers. However, it still had the same original Referee’s accents like the red Jumpman logo on the tongue and the red-colored carbon fiber. Fans do not have to stop there as the brand also added the red color blocks on the outsole, contrasting its overall black color.
While this footwear is said to possess the 1996 version’s design, the brand ensures to give it its own signature that hardcore Air Jordan fans can easily detect. For instance, its red accents are considerably brighter on the upcoming release than the original, highlighting the evolution of its color palette. Moreover, it has a less textured tongue compared to the first Referee release. Finally, the overlay accent wrapped around the uppers are made from suede while the original version utilized nubuck as its material. Therefore, the new pair is a close match, but made more exciting with the changes it incorporated.
Completing the shoes’ overall design is the stitching done on the uppers. The stitches created an embossed pattern effect on the material running from the top to bottom part of the uppers. It also comes with round shoelaces contributing to snug fit when worn.
Price and Release Dates
The new Referee is scheduled to drop in popular Jordan retailers on September 26, 2015. With several weeks left before it hits the stores, buyers will be pleased as its price tag is only $170, allowing enough time to save for getting the rebooted Referee.
Air Jordan 11 IE Low “Referee” may look simple at first glance, but the truth is it has its merits that make it worth anticipating, specially for Air Jordan fans. Stay tune for other Air Jordan release news and previews to find out the brand’s other offerings before the holiday season. You will also learn about the Jordan retailers that will distribute this pair as the Jordan release date draws near.