Ray Allen has been spotted wearing a red, white and gold player exclusive of the Air Jordan 11 on Tuesday as the Miami Heat began their quest to defend their NBA championship against the Chicago Bulls. The NBA's Jim Ice snapped a photo of the sneaker, which features a clean white upper with red accents, a gold patent leather finish and a red translucent outsole. Allen is expected to wear the kicks during the Heat's championship ring ceremony and banner raising.
The Air Jordan 11 is widely considered by many to be one of the greatest - if not the greatest - basketball sneakers of all-time. In a day and age where Jordan Brand has produced multiple colorways of just about every legacy Air Jordan, the 11 proper (not counting low-cut and IE models) has been surprisingly conservative in its releases, sticking to a limited number of colorways and choice player exclusives that never go on sale for Jordan Brand athletes like Allen.
Longtime sneakerheads will remember that Allen also wore a similar themed - but with green instead of red - Air Jordan 11 for NBA Opening Night 2008 when he was still a member of the Boston Celtics. Allen's green and gold player exclusives ranks high among the most desired Air Jordans of all-time and the pair he will rock tonight will only add to his legacy as having one of the best sneaker collections to ever grace an NBA floor.
As is the case with most Ray Allen player exclusives, the likelihood of these seeing an actual release at retail is very slim. Keep it tuned here to see if anything changes in the future and Jordan Brand does decide to do a retail drop.