Jordan Brand assembled select media, and some of the nations top high school basketball players, in midtown Manhattan to unveil his latest signature shoe, the Air Jordan XX9. At the Terminal 23 gym, Michael Jordan himself and the shoe’s designer, Tinker Hatfield, debuted a technically advanced sneaker that features a woven upper.
Air Jordan’s 29th signature shoe features an updated version of the Flight Plate technology found on the previous model. But the big reveal is that it features what is being touted as the first-ever performance-woven upper. Using an advanced weaving machine in Italy, Jordan Brand was able to create an upper that still provides structure and support as well as comfort. Along with high breathability, the Flight Web system also provides lockdown fit. There is also Nike Zoom Air cushioning and sweet stylistic touches like elephant print in the midsole.
Although the shoes won’t be available for sale until September (in two colorways— Black/White-Gym Red and Black/Team Orange-Dark Grey), Russell Westbrook will be wearing the kicks during his playoff run with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Check out some exclusive photos from the launch in the gallery. Also, we prefer the black/orange colorway with the big Jumpman logo, but let us know what you think in the comments.
Photo: aqua, Jordan Brand