Air Jordan 11 Adapt.
Nike
  • The self-lacing Air Jordan 11 Adapt just went on sale in the US
  • The shoes are selling for $500, the equivalent of some R7,000.
  • Air Jordans have been big this year despite the pandemic, thanks in part to Michael Jordan's ESPN docuseries.
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The new self-lacing Air Jordans are finally on sale, in the US for $500 – the equivalent of some R7,000 a pair.

Nike announced the Air Jordan Adapt 11 back in November as an update to the classic shoe on the 25th anniversary of the first Jordan sketches. They're the first in the Jordan brand to include Adapt self-lacing technology, which Nike has been testing since at least 2016, and Chief Design Officer of the Jordan Brand Martin Lotti calls "the best of Nike technology."

The tech works using a Nike app connected to the sneakers using Bluetooth. 

Wearers control the shoes using the Nike Adapt app
Nike

Using the app, the wearer can control the laces and the colour of the small lights on the side.

Two small buttons on the side of the sneaker can light up
Nike

The app can change both the colour and the flashing pattern of the lights. Nike says the app will have a "Jordan-flavored interface."

With these features, Lotti calls the Jordan 11 Adapt the "most personalized Jumpman shoes to date."

Nike is selling the sneakers for $500 in the US (around R7,000), much less than the brand's first self-lacing shoes.

Air Jordan 11 Adapt.
Nike

Nike's first self-lacing pair, the HyperAdapt 1.0, debuted in 2016 for $720. In 2019, the Nike Adapt BB was only $350, but it wasn't part of the popular Jordan brand.

Air Jordans have been popular for years, but they've seen an uptick on reseller sites this year in the "year of Jordan." ESPN's Michael Jordan docuseries "The Last Dance" is at least partially responsible for the increased demand, which has shown to be somewhat pandemic proof, as the shoes tend to grow more valuable as they age.

For now, it remains to be seen if the new design will show up on sneakerhead reseller sites at inflated prices.

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