Air Jordan 9

A basketball shoe inspired by
a minor-league baseball player.

Fin? The Air Jordan 9 released in November 1993 as the world was coping with the idea of the NBA sans Michael Jordan, who retired from basketball to pursue a career in baseball. According to Tinker Hatfield, the shoe represented the “globalization of the Air Jordan brand name,” because Jordan was the most popular athlete in the world. The AJ 9 is also the only signature sneaker that MJ never laced up in-game during its initial release.

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