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!