Air Jordan 11 Retro ‘Gratitude/Defining Moments’: Everything You Need To Know

The Holiday season is again upon us, and with it comes the much-awaited release of the Air Jordan 11 Retro ‘Gratitude/Defining Moments’. Infused with a rich history, this sneaker release is set to create a buzz in the sneaker world. Here’s everything you need to know about the December 9, 2023 release.

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A Sneak Peek Into The History

The Original Release

The Air Jordan 11 Retro ‘Gratitude/Defining Moments’ is a resurrection of a classic. The original ‘Defining Moments Pack’, also known as ‘DMP’, was released in 2006. This special release paired the AJ6 and AJ11 into a unique bundle, celebrating the championship silhouettes that Michael Jordan wore.

The Cult-Following

Over the years, Nike has fostered a cult following around the Jordan 11. The annual tradition of retro releases has particularly aided this. Every December, Nike uses the early holiday season to launch another fan-favorite version of this classic silhouette.

The tradition started with the most famous of the Jordan 11s: the Jordan 11 “Bred”, an iconic black-and-red sneaker that took inspiration from the very first Air Jordan designed in 1985. This was followed by a string of major releases, including “Space Jam,” “Concord,” “Legend Blue,” and many more.

The 2023 Iteration: ‘Gratitude/Defining Moments’

The 2023 iteration of the Air Jordan 11 Retro ‘Gratitude/Defining Moments’ is based on the ‘Concord’ colorway. It features a white tumbled leather upper and a black patent leather rand around the shoe. You can find Metallic Gold accents on the Jumpman logo on the heel and the ’23’ stamped on the back.

. A Phylon midsole with Nike Air cushioning pairs a carbon fiber shank plate and a clear rubber outsole.

The Differences

At a glance, the upcoming Jordan 11 ‘Gratitude’ appears to be a one-to-one replica of its predecessor. Still, a closer inspection reveals premium leather instead of ballistic mesh across the upper.

Other differences between both releases include:

  • Higher-cut patent leather mudguard
  • Shinier Jumpman on the heel
  • “23” on the spine is its piece, not printed on
  • Milky outsole (similar to the “72-10” retro from 2015)

In keeping with the “Gratitude” moniker, the sneaker features a different quote underneath the tongue than all other Jordan 11s: “Quality Basketball Product Created In Gratitude By The Greatest Player Ever” instead of “Quality Basketball Products Inspired By The Greatest Player Ever.”

The Release Date

The Jordan 11 “Gratitude” releases for the whole family on December 9th, 2023, via Nike SNKRS and a wide range of retailers.

Pricing Details

The adult sizing is priced at $225. By comparison, MSRP for kids’ sizes are as follows: $185 for Big Kids (SKU: 378038-170), $100 for Little Kids (SKU: 378039-170), $80 for Toddler (SKU: 378040-170), and $60 for Crib (SKU: CI6165-170).

Early Release

Nike is giving fans a chance at copping the sneaker before the scheduled drop. On November 14, 2023, the brand teased on SNKRS that the style would arrive via the app ahead of its December 9 release.

Where To Buy

You can get your hands on the Air Jordan 11 Retro ‘Gratitude/Defining Moments’ from Nike and various other retailers. In addition, there will be a raffle held on for the sneaker. You can now enter the draw on their website to get the sneaker. Winners will be picked on December 9th, 2023, at 7 AM PST.

Sneaker Resale

Resale platforms will have the retro on sale for a premium, which varies depending on the market. We will not refund the initial delivery fee and will deduct a restocking fee (15% of the total transaction payment) from the transaction amount.

Sizing & Fit

Unlike other styles from Nike, Inc., the AJ11 fits true-to-size. The toe box offers ample room for wide-footers. Leather on the “Gratitude” 11s should allow for stretching, unlike typical ballistic nylon, promising a personalized fit.

The Verdict

The Air Jordan 11 Retro ‘Gratitude/Defining Moments’ is a must-have for every sneakerhead. With its rich history and unique design, it’s a worthy installment in one of our favorite annual traditions. Secure your pair now and join in the celebration of one of the most iconic sneakers in history.

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