Imagine the elegance of a classic gentleman’s wardrobe; now translate that into a sneaker. That’s precisely what the talented team at Nike has done this year, releasing a captivating collection of premium footwear. With the iconic Dunk Low and the timeless Air Force 1 as their muses, Nike has used sumptuous materials and finessed detailing to encapsulate the vintage gentlemanly aesthetic. Corduroy, tweed and wool—in all their nostalgic style—grace these designs, allowing sneaker enthusiasts to indulge in plush, retro panache. At Fortress Entertainment, we were already spellbound by the Dunk Low (presently gracing the shelves on Nike.com) and the AF1. But we thought—why not extend this concept to another of Nike’s celebrated designs? Thus, the Air Jordan 11 “Gentleman’s Game” concept sneaker was born (apologies for the Power Puff Girls reference out of the blue).
Our resident creative genius, Brandon Krige, paved the way for our stunning conceptualisation of the Air Jordan 11. We steeped it in the same shades of “Midnight Navy”, “Pale Ivory”, and “Ale Brown” that bedeck its Nike brethren—the Dunk Low and the AF1. Brandon ingeniously added a scattering of “Grey” to the mix, taking a cue from the plaid fabric that graces the aforementioned Nike models.
Our Air Jordan 11 “Gentleman’s Game” has its lower half decked in “Midnight Navy”, using the sneaker’s signature patent leather instead of the corduroy base of the Dunk Low and AF1. The result? An iridescent and sophisticated aesthetic that amplifies the shoe’s elegance. Complementing the patent leather base, we continued the “Midnight Navy” shade on the heel tab and lining where corduroy fabric works its charm in a harmonious and appealing display.
A tasteful blend of light and dark grey tones paints a tactile, plaid fabric picture on the shoe’s heel. Light grey suede swathes the sneaker’s tongue and nods to the plaid’s lighter tones. Embracing the plaid’s darker hues, the shoe’s upper half showcases a rich grey suede, creating a consistent and harmonious aesthetic.
Rich “Baroque Brown” accents punctuate the design on the lace tabs and bring the embroidered Jumpman logo on the heel to life. In our minds, we can already see this luxurious brown inside the shoe, with an imprint of the Jumpman resting gracefully on the heel.
To conclude the design, a “Pale Ivory” midsole and a gum rubber outsole introduce a gentle contrast to the whole palette. The appearance is neatly rounded off with white laces, offering a crisp and refreshing contrast to the overall design.
Sadly, our Air Jordan 11 “Gentleman’s Game” is merely a concept at present. But fancy for a moment that it became a reality. Imagine the sophisticated, vintage aura it could bring to the Air Jordan golfing line. As golfers, you’d have an exceptional style statement to hit the greens with. The meticulous detailing and distinct colour fusion could potentially make it a prominent piece in the Air Jordan 11 golfing collection. Until such a concept might be realised, stay tuned to us for more concepts and custom sneaker designs.