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 we are taken back to a time where all of this was just a dream: UNC inspired, the AIR JORDAN 9 RETRO LOW PANTONE proudly wears uni blue and white! To keep things simple, the university blue colored upper highlight the shoe's exterior – followed by a white outsole and a black inner lining acting as a contrast to the aforementioned. Thinking back, the Air Jordan 9 Pantone was not available for everyone. During their first stint of UNC colorways, when every Jordan signature paid tribute to the University of North Carolina, most of them weren't up for public sale. Adding to that, 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. Don't take everything for granted!
- Brand: Jordan
- Product name: Air Jordan 9 Retro Low 'Pantone'
- Material: Leather/Synthetic
- Color: University Blue/White/Black
- Premium leather upper
- Two seperate Nike Air units in forefoot and heel for high comfort
- 'One-Pull' lacing
- 'Air Jordan' writing on tongue
- Jumpman on sole, heel and outsole
- '23' on heel
In the game of basketball Michael Jordan is a god. Number 23 of the Chicago Bulls has set the bar extremely high: His six championship rings, six mvp`s, numerous scoring titles, not to mention his on-court heroics and breathtaking dunks, are the stuff legends are made of. The Jordan Brand aspires to achieve boss status as well. And it is well on its way.
In Jordan`s rookie campaign, it didn`t take the basketball world long to realize who they were dealing with. He was not only a fascinating athlete, his charismatic smile and pleasant personality cast a spell over people – Michael Jordan had perfect commercial appeal. Nike recognized that as well. The brand needed a kick-starter and got a rocket boost in Jordan.
While the Air Jordan 1 and 2 sold well – and vaulted Nike from middle of the pack to the top of the sneaker world – the Air Jordan 3 went supersonic. Thanks to new head designer Tinker Hatfield the sneaker has become a legend in its own right. The jumpman logo was introduced with the 3, as well as a visible air cushion in its sole. Experts call the 3 the best basketball sneaker ever made, even to this day. A whole line of legendary commercials starring famous director Spike Lee as Mars Blackmon („It`s gotta be the shoes“) made the hype complete.
Air Jordan – from hype to frenzy
In the 90s the hype evolved into a frenzy: Michael Jordan shattered records, was feared by opponents on the court and charmed fans off of it. MJ became more famous than the Beatles and the president combined and people went crazy over his signature sneakers. To this day, the madness continues: When a new Jordan is released – no matter if re-release, retro or special edition – fans of the Jordan Brand camp out in front of sneaker stores for days. The shoes are sold out in seconds and are later sold online for crazy rates.
The Jordan Brand has become so large that Nike decided to make it its own sub-division. In 1997 the time had come: The Air Jordan 18 was the first independent release of the Jordan Brand, the rest is history …
Jordan – a premium brand for ballers
Jordan does not only produce premium sneakers, the brand has got all aspects of the baller lifestyle covered
, from warm-ups to shooting shirts, from backpacks to snapbacks. At KICKZ you will find any Jordan article your soul desires, whether it be exclusive packages like the Spizikes, Golden Moments and Son of Mars or the latest signature sneaker by Carmelo Anthony or CP3
. So, get your favorite piece from our massive Jordan collection and „be like Mike“!