When Michael Jordan announced an early retirement at only 30 years old, the basketball world shook. After his father was murdered in a tragic crime and fatigue issues almost second to none – considering the numbers he put up night in, night out – it definitely was due to happen. His Airness' ninth signature shoe though, did live to see its release. Although Michael wasn't ready to go and lace them up for the Bulls, the shoe did see daylight – it featured in few of his games with the Birmingham Barons in the MLB. To make up for not wearing them on-court, the AJ9 adorns the MJ statue infront of the United Center in Chicago. Considering its japanese culture inspired design, which by the way represents his rise to stardom, it was the right shoe to pick. Therefore the Jumpman sees himself surrounded by a globe. Furthermore the sole features numerous words in German, Spanish, French and Japanese – just to name a few.
With the Jordan brand enjoying international prominence you'd think that the roots would fall into obvilion eventually. Think again. It's MJ we're talking about after all. That's why he reminds us where he not only received, but earned six championships. The place, where he didn't only become a legend, the best ever player to play the game of basketball. The place where Michael Jordan became an icon! Not only does the JORDAN 9 RETRO LOW 'CHICAGO' pay homage to Windy City, it also features a Chicago Bulls inspired colorway. Black Leather predominantly takes the main role in a design which is adorned by touches of red and a white outsole. Additionally, snakeskin units improve the upper's quality and aesthetic. Back in the early 2000s players like Mike Bibby and Derrick Anderson were known for representing the Jordan low-cut versions, almost rightfully claiming a patent respectively. On-court or off-court – no matter where – the AJ9 always exceeds expectations.