12 Days of Freshness: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide | Day Nine

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Every year we go through these inexplicable series of emotions regarding Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You". On one hand, we're so sick of it. It's been playing nonstop on the radio and in our heads every December for the past ten years and we've (seemingly) had enough of it. On the other hand, it's pretty much the greatest Christmas song ever made and we realized that it's not on the radio or in our heads, but in our hearts. Can't fight it. We acquiesce. Boom. And that's the magic of Christmas. Welcome to Day Nine of our fantastical 12 Days of Freshness Holiday Gift Guide.

It wouldn't be a stretch to say that 2014 has been a rather fantastic year for Jordan Brand. We saw the release of the 11 Concord Lows, the Black and White OG 1s, some unforgettable 3s like the Infrared 23, Wolf Grey and Sport Blue, and too many 6s to even count (Carmine, Sport Blue, White/Infrared, Black/Infrared and who could forget that insane Slam Dunk pair). The best part? That's not only barely scratching the surface but Jordan Brand isn't even done yet. With just two weeks to go until the start of 2015, we'll be seeing some sneaker history made with one of the most anticipated releases of the year (maybe ever) – the Air Jordan 11 "Legend Blue", our pick for Day Nine.

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The Air Jordan XI first made its debut in 1996 in three original colorways – "Concord", "Bred" and "Legend Blue" (which was then called "Columbia"). They quickly become as iconic as they are today and remain one of the most sought after (just check the prices on eBay) and celebrated models in Jordan Brand's line. Though Michael Jordan only ever wore "Columbia" once during the 1996 All-Star Game, that was all it took to secure its place in the sneaker hall of fame. Since then, there has only been one solitary re-release in 2001 and for countless waves of releases, fans have been waiting for another shot at the famed pair. Thirteen (long) years later, "Columbia" makes its grand return as "Legend Blue", just in time for the holidays. With clean white lines and an icy Carolina-blue sole, not much needs to be said about this incredible piece of history.

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The Air Jordan 11 "Legend Blue" comes out this Saturday, December 20 at 8am and will be sold on Nike.com, as well as plenty of participating online and brick-and-mortar stores so be sure to wake up early, get in line, have your browsers (and bots) ready and pre-input all your credit card information. They retail for $200, which is a bit more than the 2009 Space Jams the Concords from 2011, but you know better than we do that this pair will definitely be worth it. Good luck to all of you and remember to be warm, be safe and be nice (it is Christmas, after all). See y'all soon for Day Ten!

Air Jordan 11 Retro “Legend Blue”
Color: White/Black-Legend Blue
Style: 378037-117
Release Date: 12/20/14 (Saturday)
Price: $200
Available:eBay

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