Air Jordan 9 Particle Grey: How this silhouette remained popular despite Mike’s (temporary) retirement

The Air Jordan 9 is the first silhouette that Michael Jordan didn’t wear on the court. Before its launch in 1993, Michael Jordan was at the peak of his career. The Chicago Bulls just won their third consecutive NBA title. However, Michael was shocked when his dad James Jordan was murdered on July 23, 1993. Mike was devastated by the loss, he went on to make a shock retirement from the NBA 3 months later in October 1993. In early February next year, he make another stunning announcement- he had signed a Minor League baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox. The main reason was his father’s dream of seeing Mike play baseball.

Anyways, despite the shift, Tinker Hatfield, Nike’s principal shoe designer, went ahead and designed the Air Jordan 9. Tinker took inspiration from Japanese designs for these Air Jordan sneakers for men. Considering Mike’s flourishing international popularity, Tinker and the design team at Nike realized they needed a design that relates to the whole world, so they came up with the idea of adding words in different languages that best represents Mike’s personality.

The result: A silhouette that became a worldwide sensation, breaking all sales records. To keep up with demand, Nike re-released the silhouette many times after the first drop. To date, there are many sneakerheads who’d go to any lengths to add to their Air Jordan 9 collection.

What’s new in this latest colorway?

This Air Jordan 9 Particle Grey colorway comes in a black and grey upper with the Air Jordan 9’s signature design format. The midsole comes with a unique pattern, with its lower levels with a white hue that then covers the sole. The shoes come with standard Air Jordan 9 black lacing and other design elements in red, such as the Jumpman logo in the insole and the rising sun insignia at the back. Those who want to buy Air Jordan 9 Particle Grey can buy them in men's and school sizing.

How did the Air Jordan 9 become so popular despite Mike not using them on the court?

One reason is his immense popularity and magic on the court. By the 1990s, Michael Jordan had become an international basketball sensation. The Air Jordan shoes, too, piggybacked on his popularity. Despite him moving away from the court at the peak of his popularity, his aura and goodwill amongst his fans made sure the AJ9 received the most popularity from hardcore Air Jordan sneakerheads.

Where to buy the Air Jordan 9 Particle Grey?

The Air Jordan 9 Particle Grey colorway is scheduled to be dropped on June 21, 2022, at select retailers and online on Nike’s website. For many who consider buying these kicks to be an achievement, getting hold of these may not be that simple, considering the almost certain immense demand and low supplies. Many who do not get their shoes during the drop tend to turn to the grey market, where the shoes are resold for more than twice their original price.

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