Illustration: @SomeHoodlum

Original photograph: @tashableu

“The Grail” is a series paying tribute to the prized, coveted status of the Air Jordan XI Concord. First worn on MJ’s feet in 1995, the shoe has transcended the court to become not just a lifestyle classic but an icon worthy of any court, field or stage. Here, Aleali May gives her take on what makes the XI Concord a must-have sneaker.

“With Air Jordans, it’s always about nostalgia for me — whether I had them or couldn’t have them at the time. The Concords were the shoes that I thought I could never have. I remember the release; it was crazy. My family was going crazy! It was more of a personal experience for me. My older cousins and younger brothers always wore them. Now, I can live it out and finally flex in ‘em, too.”

—Aleali May

The Air Jordan XI Concord is available globally on SNKRS and at select retailers starting December 8. Learn more about the Air Jordan XI on Jordan Collection.