US sporting goods firm Nike has released its Air Jordan 2011 - the 26th version in as many years.

Nike's Jordan Brand division will release the shoe on 19 February for a suggested retail price of $170.

The design includes interchangeable red and blue midsoles and Patina leather. Nike said that for a player that needs to be quicker on court, the blue midsole incorporates heel and forefoot "zoom air units", while a ¾ length "air unit and cushlon" midsole in the red midsole are built for players whose game is more explosive.

Former basketball star Jordan said: "Each year I challenge the brand to push the envelope in all aspects of the creative process including design, technology and the overall performance of the shoe. The Air Jordan 2011 is representative of where we are headed as a brand in 2011 and beyond.

"With each passing year Jordan Brand will look to challenge the way the footwear industry and consumers think about performance, and consistently look to improve upon where we have already been."

The company also said that to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit, Jordan’s birth year, Jordan Brand will also be releasing a special edition Air Jordan 2011 Year of the Rabbit - at select retailers in Los Angeles and in limited quantities in China.