Air Jordan 9
Air Jordan IX basketball shoe debuts November 1993.
Jordan 9 is the first Michael Jordan Nike Basketball sneaker released after his abrupt September 1993 retirement. This timing results in a few pieces of trivia unique to the IX:
- It is the first Air Jordan Michael didn't wear during an NBA game (*until the 'Cool Grey' edition during his Wizards tenure)
- It is issued in baseball cleat form for Michael Jordan's days with the Birmingham Barons.
- It spawns the Steve Martin-narrated 'Johnny Kilroy' ad campaign that nineteen years later served as inspiration for six new colorways.