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Air Jordan IX Doernbecher

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The Air Jordan segment of the ninth Doernbecher Freestyle Project fittingly takes the form of the Air Jordan IX, designed by Oswaldo Jimenez and featuring a terrific colorway highlighted by a white leather base with black and gold accenting throughout. Likely the most sought after pair out of the bunch, the beautifully appointed silhouette features a lasered feather pattern across the mudguard and heel panel, plus gold contrast stitching matched by metallic gold eyelets. A translucent outsole completes the look. Look for the kicks to land at Nike retail locations nationwide and online starting November 30th. Continue reading for detailed looks of the shoe, as well as Oswaldo's personal story.

Release Date: November 30th, 2012 (Friday)

Last December, after a series of fainting spells, Oswaldo Jimenez (11) was given a life-changing diagnosis: severe pulmonary hypertension. The once very active boy now has to be cautious with the amount of energy he exerts. Oswaldo is very close to his family, and drew inspiration for his shoe from his Mexican heritage. "Pollito," which means little chicken, is Oswaldo's nickname. It's lasered in a feather pattern on the sockliner and also featured on the tongue. His favorite number, 17, is on the back heel. Oswaldo's birthday, September 13, is on the inside of the tongue. Finally, the red and green outsole pays homage to his hometown of Queretaro, Mexico.