The AJ IX represented Jordan going global. This shoe was released the same year that Michael retired in 1993. The Air Jordan IX can be seen on the MJ Statue outside United Center in Chicago and was worn as a cleat when Michael played Minor League Baseball.
Year Released: 1993
Designer: Tinker Hatfield
It has a simple upper design and has different symbols and languages encompassed on the outer sole. This shoe brought back the molded lace loop, has a huge #23 stitched on its back and is sturdy. Some translations of the words on the soles include;
Left shoe – Uhuru (Swahili) which means Independence, Athletisch (German) which means Athletic, Muundaji (Swahili) which means Molder or Creator of something
Right Shoe – Dedie (French) which means Dedicated, Intenso (Italian) which means Intense, Fuerza (Spanish) which means Force, Anmutic (German) which means Graceful, Liberta (French) which means Freedom
Even though Michael Jordan retired from basketball, the shoe remained popular among players. The shoe also had individual numbers for players like #13 for Kendall Gill and #2 for Mitch Richmond.
Nike Air Jordan IX Commercials:
Jordan vs. Barkley – Air Jordan 9 Nike Commercial
1994 Commercial “Who is Johnny Kilroy?”