words // Brandon Richard

With Michael Jordan's shocking retirement in October 1993, the Air Jordan IX was worn by him more on the diamond than the court.

The Tinker Hatfield designed sneaker served as a reminder of everything we loved about MJ in his absence. Inner bootie construction and a newly developed speed-lacing system made the Japanese-inspired model a performance standout. An outsole with Michael's accomplishments inscribed in six different languages spoke to his status as a global icon.

Day 9 of the XX8 Days of Flight brings us a look at the IX in tumbled black leather with green highlights on the inner lining and outsole.

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