Back in April, when the NBA playoffs were nearing, Russell Westbrook had made an on-court appearance, wearing quite a unique Air Jordan XX9 colorway. It became obvious that Jordan Brand was giving its loyal fans hints at a potential Air Jordan XX9 debut. In the same month, the teaser video, “Tailored For Flight,” was also released by Jordan Brand in which some major hints were dropped regarding what inspired the overall design of the Air Jordan XX9. The video revealed that a major focal point behind the design of the shoe was high-end tailored suits.
Later in April, Jordan Brand confirmed that the Air Jordan XX9 would be launched in two separate colorways in September. Jordan Brand also revealed that the sneakers would feature a myriad of performance technologies, such as the first ever performance-woven upper, an evolved Flight Plate system, and the new Flight Web. Tinker Hatfield, the Jordan Brand legend, designed these sneakers, and he had apparently been working them for two years.
The Air Jordan XX9 was then officially unveiled at a Jordan Brand media event that took place in April in New York City. The attention to detail that was seen on Jordan Brand’s 29th signature sneaker definitely gave views an aesthetic that they had never seen in the past in Air Jordan basketball performance sneakers. As mentioned, an evolved Flight Plate was featured by both pairs along with a new woven upper. The shoes also feature a design that is form fitted to the foot, which makes them the sneaker equivalent of tailored suits.
In terms of patterns and prints, the Air Jordan XX9 truly showcased the diversity of the woven upper. In particular, the Black/White/Gym Red colorway of the Air Jordan XX9 is a traditional take on the woven upper. The pair actually seems to be reminiscent of the “Chicago” colorway because it seems to have borrowed from the Chicago Bulls’ theme and the elephant printer upper is certainly a blast from the past.
Apart from the predominant elephant that is featured on the upper, another thing that has been shown by the woven upper is the diversity of the material in terms of the arrangements of pattern and blocking. For instance, the white Air Jordan Jumpmen that are featured on the sides and the tongue. The gym red accents on the pair are featured in the form of borders or linings, or whatever they might be described as. Unlike the other Air Jordan XX9 pair that sports an icy outsole, the Black/White/Gym Red colorway comes with a grayish outsole with a glossy black midsole that features elephant print.
It is not unnatural if readers keep checking 23isBack for the latest Jordan release dates 2014, but the fact of the matter is that there are still three more months to go until an official release date for the XX9 is announced. Considering that it is Jordan Brand’s 29th signature shoe and has not been worn by Michael Jordan on the court, it is obviously a highly anticipated pair. Nonetheless, once both Air Jordan XX9 sneakers hit the retail shelves, each will be available for $225, which is a decent price.