Share This Page: Air Jordan 9 Retro Low 'Black/White' After the Bulls first three-peat and due to personal tragedies, His Airness set aside his crown before the AJ 9 was finished. While Michael Jordan never donned the Air Jordan 9 on the court, they remain a classic in the Jordan line. After MJ’s retirement Tinker Hatfield was told to abandon the Air Jordan line, but Michael Jordan was still a worldwide phenomenon and a household name. So, Hatfield continued to make new silhouettes for Jordan, and thanks to his determination the Jordan brand lives on. Through Tinker’s vision and belief in Mike, he created the Air Jordan 9, a physical testament displaying Jordan’s worldwide appeal and fame. Inspiration for the sneaker came from Jordan’s global appeal, and Hatfield incorporated the multinational affection for MJ into the design. Most of the design ques in the upper come from Japanese culture with a kind of less is more mentality, and a globe with the Jumpman over it to display Mike’s global dominance on the heel. The outsole sports a multitude of languages to showcase Jordan’s popularity around the world. The silhouette features a dynamic-fit inner bootie, encapsulated air unit in the forefoot, large volume air unit in the heel, polyurethane midsole, and “one-pull” lacing system. Even though the GOAT wasn’t able to give his on-court endorsement to the AJ 9, it did see some action. Nike made special AJ 9’s for MJ to rock while playing for the Birmingham Barons’ baseball team, and football players associated with the Jordan brand requested special make-ups for the turf. When The Spirit, a statue of Michael Jordan, was erected in front of the United Center in Chicago, Tinker Hatfield suggested the Air Jordan 9 for the statue. Image via: solecollector.com The latest iteration of the Air Jordan 9 is a low-top, and it comes dressed in some premium materials. Overlaying a black leather upper, the black snack skin mudguard wraps the sneaker from heel to toe. The dark motif is complimented with red accents on the liner and the Jordan branding throughout the silhouette. The black upper and midsole are starkly contrasted underneath by the white outsole. The Air Jordan 9 Retro Low ‘Black/White’ will be available Saturday, April 16th, in stores only, so check out Where to Cop for details. These kicks will be in men’s for $170, grade schoolers’ for $120, preschoolers’ for $75, and toddlers’ for $55. Check out our size chart to find your size.