In the history of Air Jordans, the Air Jordan IX (AJ9) holds a special place. Designed by Tinker Hatfield on the influence of streamlined concept seen in Japanese designs, it expanded upon the idea of Michael Jordan"s global stardom as the various languages inscribed on its outsole. It was also the first model to have the incorporation of a speed lacing system. However, the Air Jordan IX was and is still best known for a more somber reason, the sudden retirement of Michael Jordan from basketball after the tragic death of Jordan's father. In honor of his father and the passion both father and son shared, Jordan took up the sport of baseball that year. In turn, Hatfield and Nike created a baseball shoe based on the Air Jordan IX.
Since 2010 is the Jordan Brand's 25th anniversary, the label itself and Nike are re-releasing selected Air Jordan models through out the year. This includes the coveted 25th Anniversary Edition (aka Silver Anniversary) and original colorways such as this Powder Blue Air Jordan IX seen here. Available in the coming months at Jordan Brand retailers, the Air Jordan IX in OG Powder Blue is now for sale at online store MarqueeSole.