Verdict from 4 experts and 7 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • The majority of testers say that the leather in the forefoot only creases minimally because of the type of leather used and the shape of the toe box.
  • For players who get stepped on a lot, cleaning the forefoot is very easy due to its buttery exterior. A light wipe is all that’s needed.
  • There is no need to double tie the Air Jordan 2009 as its flat laces don’t loosen as easily as regular rounded laces.
  • Some wearers assert that the foam pods in the heel cup feel great, and they contribute to holding the heel in place.
  • A couple of users claim that they did not experience any internal slippage when they wear these basketball shoes.
  • A number of users remark that the traction works well. Even when used outdoors, the pattern allows them to stop on a dime.
  • Multiple wearers comment that the AJ 2009 or the 24th Air Jordan is very durable, one even says that it is "built like tanks."
  • The double-stacked Zoom Air units take several years to bottom out, shares a tester. The forefoot unit is implemented really well, says another.
  • A few users say that shoe is easy to put on, more so because of textured dots on the heel that afford the wearer a better grip.
  • The Jordan 2009 feels luxurious, pretty much like the Air Jordan 33

4 reasons not to buy

  • Several users say that the feet can get a little hot inside as ventilation is not too good.
  • With the current lineup of shoes, the Air Jordan 2009 will already be classified as a heavy basketball shoe.
  • Some players have trouble with the heel because it feels too high and too “springy” that the user sometimes ends up on the floor. Another reviewer feels that it does not work well with the forefoot, resulting in poor transitions.
  • Most users thinks that the Jordan 24 is very expensive.

Bottom line

Regardless of its aesthetics, the Air Jordan 2009 was a great performer in its time. The shoe has solid indoor and outdoor traction, a double-stacked Zoom Air unit, and an Articulated Propulsion technology in the heel; not to mention a luxurious foot-hugging upper.

But today, players commonly opt for shoes with more minimal setups such as the Kobe 8 System. If collecting Air Jordan shoes is a priority, then the shoe is a must-cop.

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Good to know

The Jordan 2009 is a memorable shoe as it comes right after the 23rd Air Jordan. Fans during that time were wondering if there would be a 24th Jordan shoe. Though technically it is the twenty-fourth shoe in the famous line, it didn’t have this number anywhere in its name. It became the first Air Jordan shoe to have its release year in its official title, though some fans still go on and call it the Air Jordan 24.  

Michael Jordan shares in an interview, “I just felt like 24 would really diminish what 23 really meant. For any shoe to be in existence for that amount of time shows how successful you've been for that period of years in the business.”

According to footwear designer Jason Mayden, fencing is a big inspiration during the design process; they wanted to showcase the defensive aspect of MJ through the lens of this defensive and elegant sport. They did it by using fencing elements such as the satin and metal mesh on the upper and sharp lines on the outsole.

Cushion. The main reason Jordan Brand charges as much as they do is the premium materials and technologies incorporated in the shoe. The Air Jordan 2009's midsole setup has both the heel and forefoot cushioned with Zoom Air units. It doesn't stop there as the heel area in the sock liner also has a Zoom Air unit. This is called a double-stack, and this gives an ultimately plush ride, smooth transition, and premium impact protection.

The double-stacked Zoom Air units are actually just secondary as the highlight of the cushioning system is the Articulated Propulsion Technology (APT). This technology is inspired by the carbon fiber prosthetics that Paralympian runners use. The heel’s form helps propel players forward by turning their running into long effortless strides. The heel is divided into two so that one side of the heel is always touching the ground even when cutting laterally or medially.  

The forefoot unit does not lag behind in terms of technology as it features an Articulated Zoom Air unit, which basically means that the unit is segmented into several chambers, allowing the area to  flex more naturally when the foot moves in different ways. Its shape also helps keep the unit durable and less likely to pop.

Traction. The shoe's outsole features a multidirectional traction pattern that is inspired by sword movements in fencing. The AJ 2009’s outsole utilizes sharp parallel lines that pretty much reflect  the accuracy and elegance of the sport.

The pattern does not only present an interesting detail, it also provides a sticky grip on indoor and outdoor courts; allowing players to implement their practiced footwork.

Length and Width. Internally, the 24th iteration of the Air Jordan shoe is heavily padded to ensure a comfortable level of snugness. It also runs true to size, so new buyers may go with their usual Jordan basketball shoe sizes. If unsure, buyers may visit their local brick and mortar shoe stores to fit these Jordan basketball shoes personally.

Lockdown. The pleated material on the upper and the invisible laces act as one system that wraps around the foot. When the laces are tightened, the vertical pleats then conform to the shape of the foot.

The heel area has a built-in internal heel cup and some foam pods that provide a comfortable and secure nook for the heel and Achilles, ensuring no movements within. The forefoot, on the other hand, is heavily padded internally. It is also made of a leather material that does not stretch or have any give, providing secure containment for the toes.

The Air Jordan 2009 utilizes a mix of unusual materials that are rarely used in basketball but are consistent with the fencing theme. A combination of satin paneling is used on the sides of the upper. The satin is pleated in order to add structure without utilizing other additional materials. Panache leather is used on the toe box and overall construction of the shoe. Internally, the shoe has a soft inner lining. Its insole also has an additional Zoom Air unit at the heel.

The metal mesh detailing on the tongue is the feature that most obviously points to fencing. Not just added for aesthetics, the mesh ensures proper ventilation for the foot.

The midsole uses a TPU chassis that features a marbled pattern. Inspired by blown-glass, no two Jordan 2009 shoes are alike. For every batch of TPU, a unique and different pattern is created. Carbon fiber is used mainly for the shoe’s Articulated Propulsion Technology (APT), and the shoe’s outsole utilizes a solid rubber compound.

The 24th Air Jordan sports yet another polarizing design from the premium basketball shoe company. These Jordan basketball shoes do not look like the regular hooping shoes as they use unconventional materials such as satin and metal mesh. The soft and polishable leather and the paneled textile give the shoe its off-court appeal.

The sharp lines on the upper and the holographic jewel point to the “precise geometric lines of a diamond.” The materials used on the upper also makes the shoe more a luxury item than a high-performing sports shoe.

The metallic mesh is an accent conceptualized by Michael Jordan himself. The shoe is meant to allude to the NBA legend’s defensive aspect through its use of elements from defensive sport fencing. The metal detail on shoe makes apparent the fencing reference.

Released in 2009, the shoes came in two original colorways: White/Metallic Silver and  Black/Varsity Red-White colors. Later releases saw the Air Jordan 2009 in Black/Volt Green, Red/White and Carolina Blue/Obsidian/White colorways.


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Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.