Michael Jordan Returns To Spotlight With Jordan XX9 Sneakers

Michael Jordan is back…perhaps you’ve heard of him?

MJ helped usher in the release of Nike’s brand new Jordan XX9 sneakers yesterday, a cutting edge shoe that is so technologically advanced, designer Tinker Hatfield claims there is no other shoe like it on the planet.

As reported by Inquistr, the Jordan XX9 uses “Flight Web” technology to enhance the natural motion of the foot creating the same feel as a comfortable sock liner would.

At a media event in NYC, the Jordan XX9’s were introduced by none other than former Chicago Bull Michael Jordan alongside Hatfield and Nike brand President, Larry Miller. As reported by I4U News, Tinker challenged himself with the Jordan XX9’s to find unique inspirations for the design:

“In the past, we’ve drawn inspiration from myriad places—everything from fighter jets to motorcycles—and have ended up with some pretty fun designs along the way. This year, our inspiration and challenge to ourselves was to create the best performance basketball shoe ever—and I think the [Jordan] XX9 and the performance-woven upper pay that off.”

Michael himself is no stranger to the limelight, but for many young basketball fans who were too young to watch him play in the 90’s, they’re knowledge of Jordan begins and ends with Nike. Jordan began his career with the Chicago Bulls in 1984. Known as “Air Jordan” for his incredible dunking ability, Michael immediately became the face of the NBA and Nike. In fact, many credit Michael Jordan with fueling the company’s dominance in the sneaker market.

Jordan won his first championship in 1991 as a member of the Bulls and went on to three-peat in 1992 and 1993, defeating the Trail Blazers and Suns respectively. Following the death of his father, Jordan briefly retired from the game to pursue a career in Major League Baseball, but that only lasted 2 years.

In 1995, Jordan returned to the Chicago Bulls and the following year captured his fourth NBA title. He would go on to win two more before retiring once again. That retirement was also short lived as he returned as a member of the Washington Wizards in 2001. He finally hung up the sneakers permanently in 2003 and has since gone on to become part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.

According to MJ’s Wikipedia page his individual awards are many:

“Jordan’s individual accolades and accomplishments include five Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP Awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP Awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.”

And now with the arrival of the Jordan XX9’s from Nike, Michael can add one more notch to his impressive all-around resume.

[Image courtesy of ESPN.com]