words // Brandon Richard
On October 6, 1993, Michael Jordan shocked the world when he stepped away from the game of basketball to career in baseball. With Michael absent from the NBA, Nike decided to playfully have His Airness take on a disguised alter-ego by the name of Johnny Kilroy for the Air Jordan IX campaign. The Kilroy character appeared in various TV and print ads, and even had his own 1993-1994 Upper Deck SE basketball card. This fall, Jordan Brand gets an early start on the 20th Anniversary of the IX with a lineup of original and new colorways, including a pair that pays tribute to Kilroy.
Black nubuck and platinum tumbled leather do the job on the upper of the "Kilroy" Retro 9, while red works the inner lining, pull-tab and globe. Kilroy personalization comes int the form of a custom tongue tag, number "4" embroidery on the heel and "Kilroy Kicks Butt" on the insoles and backside of the tongues.
The release date for the "Johnny Kilroy" Air Jordan Retro 9 falls on the day of MJ's original retirement - October 6. Retail will be $160.
10/06/12 Air Jordan Retro 9
302370-012 Black/Gym Red-Metallic Platinum