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By the time the new pair of shoes was released, Mike had been a league's champion for three consecutive years. Jordan's footwear was at the peak of popularity, Michael was widely recognized, and everyone was always excited to wear the same shoes as he did.
The Air Jordan 9 was released right after Michael Jordan announced his retirement from basketball in 1993. It was a shocking moment for everyone to hear Michael stepping away at such a young age. The big question for Nike was whether there should be a future line of Air Jordans without the NBA All-Star participating in any seasons. But his legacy lives on.
The Air Jordan was designed by Tinker Hatfield and Mark Smith. Initially, only four colorways were released: black and white, "Olive," "Powder Blue," and "Charcoal." On the sole of the shoe, there are words "Dedicates," "Intense," and "Sport," which were translated and carved in various languages. The only innovation of this pair of sneakers is that they are easier to tighten and loosen. The rest is similar to the previous models, meaning cushioning and other features. Since Michael decided to retire, the Air Jordan 9 were specially designed for other players, for example, Penny Hardaway, BJ Armstrong, Latrell Sprewell, and others.
Another interesting fact about the Air Jordan 9 is that they are a part of a statue of Michael Jordan gifted by the Chicago Bulls. That gave a creative idea to create bronze-colored Air Jordan 9 sneakers.
Since Jordan decided to retire, he took up baseball, and Nike quickly created a special baseball version of AJ 9 footwear in black and white colors. Later followed the retro editions that presented the original version in various colors.
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