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  • Top

    High-Top

    Basketball sneakers that rise well above the ankle to keep sprints and jumps stable and well-supported. You sure can fly high when you have high-top basketball shoes to tie.

    Mid-Top

    Basketball sneakers that rise just up to where the ankles are. Providing support and flexibility so fine, mid-top basketball shoes surely hold the line.

    Low-Top

    Basketball shoes that leave the ankles exposed for a better range of motion. Be flexible with your blows, get basketball shoes that are low.

  • Signature

    Good to know

    Some basketball shoes embody the athleticism and symbolize the life of certain on-court legends. Hooping will surely be fine when you get kicks from their signature lines.

  • Lockdown
    Lace-Up

    Strap

    Hoop shoes that drop the traditional laces in favor of velcro straps for better efficiency. Secure strap basketball shoes, and have them in various hues.

    Lace-Up

    Basketball shoes that stick with the good old laces for that familiar security and lockdown. Get lace-up basketball shoes to tie because they never go out of style.

    Slip-On

    Basketball shoes with uppers that provide a glove-like fit without the help of any lockdown mechanism. Do nothing but go in with slip-on basketball shoes .

    Good to know

    Some basketball shoes combine the powers of more than one lockdown styles for an improved fit and a much more stable ride. Get more bases covered with these basketball shoes.

  • Price
    $190
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93 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | WearTesters

    The propulsion technology is unlike anything I've ever worn before.

  • 80 / 100 | NikeTalk

    Try them on before you buy. The feeling right out of the box does not change much over time - even asfter usage.

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Profile of the Air Jordan 2009

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.

Performance

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.

Fit

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.

Material

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.

Style

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.

Special Colorways of the Air Jordan 2009

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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