The Nike Jordan XX9 release date has been announced, with photos of the sneaker showing two versions of the Michael Jordan-endorsed shoe.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Justin Bieber’s sneakers helped raise money for disabled children. Although nothing beats how Hulk Hogan’s $5,500 pair of shoes were stolen, only to have the thief return them with an apology.
Fortunately for sneakers fans who are lusting after the Nike Jordan XX9, the price is not nearly expensive as the Hulk’s shoes. Bobcats owner Michael Jordan compared the Jordan XX9 to a Ferrari, but the price is not in the same realm. They’re planning on selling these lightweight wonders for $225 starting in September, which matches the beginning of the 2014-2015 basketball year. The Jordan XX9 sneakers will also be advertised on the court by being worn by Thunder guard Russel Westbrook.
The Jordan XX9s apparently drew inspiration from shoe makers in Italy. The woven design, using over 9,7000 strands, allows it to be the lightest design so far:
“The Jordan design team created an upper that provides structure, support, interior comfort and exterior abrasion resistance. Using state-of-the-art weaving machines, the team learned they could provide all four major elements of the shoe in a single layer of material. The performance-woven upper delivers superior abrasion resistance, along with an entirely new look on the outside of the shoe. The structure and fit of the shoe are engineered through Flight Web tunnels, and strategic panels of stiffer and softer flex to enhance natural motion.”
The new design also has an ankle shroud and the Flight Plate has been updated for the Jordan XX9:
“Harnessing the energy of every step for explosive liftoff and optimal energy return, the evolved Flight Plate maximizes the responsiveness of the Nike Zoom Air units in the forefoot and heel through the use of a Pebax moderator plate. The plate provides managed compression and deflection of the Nike Zoom Air cushioning units, creating a larger sweet spot for optimal performance. In this year’s shoe, the forefoot and heel are linked by a tendril – a small bridge of outsole – providing a smoother heel-to-toe transition.”
New technology they call Flight Web enhances the natural motion of the foot and makes the Jordan XX9 shoe feel like an extremely comfortable sock liner. Nike designer Tinker Hatfield claims, “No one has ever made a performance basketball shoe using this construction process.”