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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.