Air Jordan 9
Was it really the end? The Air Jordan 9 came out in 1993 as the world witnessed the first NBA season without Michael Jordan, who suddenly retired to chase his baseball dream. Regardless of his sport, Jordan remained the most popular athlete in the world. To reflect his iconic status, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield set forth to create a shoe that represented the globalization of the Air Jordan brand. The Air Jordan 9 was the first signature sneaker Jordan never sported during a regular-season basketball game, though the sneaker took inspiration from the baseball cleats Jordan wore during his short stay in the minor leagues. Notable basketball players like Penny Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Kendall Gil kept the 9 alive with player exclusives during Jordan’s time away from the court. The sneakers feature a durabuck and leather upper for durability and a premium look. Its neoprene inner sleeve offers a snug, comfortable fit, while a solid rubber cupsole provides durability and support. Whether you want to upgrade your style or enhance your on-the-court performance, check out our collection of Air Jordans in store or online at Hibbett Sports.