Air Jordan IX
After the bloated maximalism of the Jordan VIII, the brand did a complete 180, borrowing inspiration from Japanese design and abandoning superfluous flourishes. The Air Jordan IX was intended to be a global shoe for an increasingly global player, and it marked a shift in the way Jordans were designed, ushering in an era of clean, orderly models that translated easily across cultures. The IX was the Helvetica of basketball sneakers — a sans-serif shoe distinguished by its neutral clarity.
Retail Price: $125
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