One of the retros that Jimmy Butler rocked while with the Jordan Brand was the iconic Air Jordan 11.
The shoe almost never existed as Nike execs had told lead designer Tinker Hatfield to stop designing Air Jordans, as they did not anticipate Michael Jordan returning to the game in the mid 90s. Hatfield continued on, combining Mike’s request for a “shiny shoe” with the philosophy of a lawnmower that he owned (that was clean up top and rugged on the bottom) to ideate the Air Jordan 11. Aside from the patent leather, the shoe features the strong and lightweight carbon fiber shank plate for added support. The shoe also featured lightweight Phylon and a full-length Air unit for a cushioned ride.
Butler notably wore the “Legend Blue” colorway against the Kings in 2015.
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