Profile of the Air Jordan 29

How can the Jordan line go past the great performance of the XX8? They have to have a new performance innovation, and Jordan has it in the form of the woven upper called the Flyweave, which is a dynamic and customizable material that can strategically provide support and stretch in needed areas. Jordan also modifies the Unlocked Zoom Air cushioning setup by articulating it horizontally.

Performance

Cushion. The Air Jordan XX9 has a modified version of the Unlocked Zoom Air setup of the XX8.  The forefoot unit is now segmented horizontally and made less protruding, decreasing the possibility of it popping during motion.

Jordan designers analyzed foot movements of different players and found that the players rarely use their heels during play, thus the removal of the Zoom Air unit from the XX9’s heel. A standard Phylon foam is used in its place, and it offers more stability. The heel cushion is cored out underneath so that it offers compression during heel strikes.

Traction. The outsole is anatomically sculpted. Its vertical wave traction pattern is accentuated with recessed horizontal stripes. A major departure from the pattern on the XX8 is the thin bridge that connects the decoupled forefoot and heel. This is what Jordan calls the “tendril,” and it helps make the shoe’s heel-to-toe transition smoother.

Fit

Length and Width. The Air Jordan 29 runs true to size yet feels a tad bit narrow. New buyers with narrow and regular-sized feet may purchase the shoe in their standard Jordan basketball shoe sizes as the woven upper will conform to their feet after wearing it for some time.

Lockdown. The shoe’s lockdown power comes from its woven sock-like upper that is reinforced with the Flight Web fit system, which involves anchored webbed straps that pull the foot toward the midsole when the laces are tightened. A TPU heel counter and a midfoot plate cup make sure that the foot don’t slip out of the footbed especially during aggressive movements.

Material

The Jordan XX9 uses a premium woven material called Flyweave, which is a fusion of Nike’s Flyknit and Hyperfuse. This upper is knitted in such a way that the areas where the foot needs more support are weaved more tightly, and the areas that need more stretch are stitched more loosely. While the Flyknit and Hyperfuse already apply this strategic weaving, the Flyweave stands out because it uses thinner strands.

This type of upper provides a custom fit that allows dynamic movements. Unfortunately, this material does not leave much room for ventilation and may impede heat and moisture from escaping.

The carbon fiber midfoot plate and heel cup used on the Jordan XX8 are replaced with TPU on the XX9. The midsole is composed of an Unlocked Zoom Air unit at the forefoot and Phylon at the heel. Lastly, the outsole is made of solid rubber.

Style

The shoe’s silhouette is clean, and and its upper doesn’t have much texture. Neither does it have any seams or extra structural pieces on the upper. Instead, different graphics depending on the colorway are used to add flavor to the shoe’s body. Elephant skin is used in some while others use a linear pattern. A bold Jumpman logo is sometimes included on the shoe’s side panels.

The Jordan 29 is a high-top basketball shoe that can be worn with jogger pants and other slim cuts in order for the shoe's silhouette to be accentuated.

Special Colorways of the Air Jordan 29

When released back in 2014, the shoe had two colorway versions; one is Black/White-Gym Red color with Elephant skin prints on specific areas. The other is Black/Team Orange-Dark Grey with an oversized Jumpman logo on the side.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 360g
Top: High
Signature: Michael Jordan
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Air Jordan
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Black / Blue

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Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

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.