Say goodbye to the numbered Jordans. Starting this year, they’ll just be named after the year of their release. And today, Michael Jordan “officially” unveiled these to the public via press conference (although pictures have surfaced on the net months ago). Either way, I really don’t know what to say about these. I have to see them in person. They look comfortable and all but I don’t know. The design has caught me off guard. Either way, they’ll be available in February. Stay tuned to The305.Com and we’ll let you know the best places to cop them. Photos and words courtesy of Nick DePaula from SoleCollector
Earlier today, Michael Jordan unveiled the Air Jordan 2009 in New York City as he and Senior Designer Jason Mayden detailed the inspiration behind Jordan Brand’s latest flagship sneaker. Inspired by MJ’s defensive play, the 2009 takes hints from the sport of fencing, which can be seen along the upper’s pleated panels and wire mesh ventilation. Along the heel, the 2009 introduces Articulated Propulsion Technology, or APT, which was inspired by elements of prosthetic running technology that Paralympians such as Jordan Brand athlete April Holmes use in competition. The APT energy return system aims to offer support and explosive feedback for an athlete during play with the help of two engineered platforms along the outsole that help to give a propelling sensation. Coupled with the shoe’s heel and forefoot Zoom Air units, there is also an extra heel Zoom Air unit embedded in the insole for added cushioning. For now, take an extensive look at the details to be found in the Air Jordan 2009, and look for February’s Issue 27 of Sole Collector for an in-depth interview with Jason Mayden and even further analysis of the 2009.
02/14/2009 Air Jordan 2009 (limited release)
343084 161 White/Metallic Silver/Black