Air Jordan 9
As part of the Air Jordan 9 series, Tinker wanted to showcase Michael Jordan’s global influence. The famous Jumpman logo features a “Rising Sun” as a symbol of Japan. Michael Jordan’s ideals, both on and off the court, are described on the back of the shoe in different languages.
“Independence,” “Freedom,” “Sport,” “Athletic,” “Hope,” “Intense,” “Graceful,” “Force,” and “Dedicated” are just a few of the terms that appear on the right and left shoes. Jordan’s iconic shoe, the Jordan 9, appeared on the United Center statue to symbolize his status as a “global superstar.” It was released in 1993 and then re-released in 2002.
Besides the Jordan 9 Retro White Gym Red and the Jordan 9 Retro Racer Blue, this shoe pays homage to Michael Jordan.
Mike had won three consecutive league championships by the time the new shoes were released. Michael Jordan’s footwear was at the peak of its popularity, and everyone wanted to wear the same shoes he wore.
After Michael Jordan announced his retirement from basketball in 1993, the Air Jordan 9 was released. Michael stepping away at such a young age shocked everyone. Nike had to decide whether there should be a future line of Air Jordans without the NBA All-Stars. The legacy he left behind lives on.
Tinker Hatfield and Mark Smith designed the Air Jordan. In the beginning, only four colorways were released: black and white, “Olive,” “Powder Blue,” and “Charcoal.” The sole of the shoe features the words “Dedicates,” “Intense,” and “Sport.”
This pair of sneakers is only innovative in that they are easier to tighten and loosen. Rest of the features and cushioning are similar to the previous models. The Air Jordan 9 were specifically designed for other players after Michael retired, such as Penny Hardaway, BJ Armstrong, and Latrell Sprewell.
A second interesting fact about the Air Jordan 9 is that they are part of a statue gifted by the Chicago Bulls to Michael Jordan. This gave rise to the idea of creating bronze-colored Air Jordan 9s.
Nike quickly created a black and white version of the AJ 9 footwear after Jordan decided to retire from basketball. Retro editions followed that presented the original version in a variety of colors.