Jordan Brand never stops pushing the boundaries, for better or worse. With the newly unveiled Air Jordan XX9, they’re running headfirst once again in their never-ending attempt to create the best on-court footwear available.
For the latest in the series, JB joined performance-woven technology with Flight Plate. And, as usually what’s always the case, the end product is a lightweight silhouette that’s geared to withstand the rigors of high energy play on the court. Obviously, the most amazing, eye-catching aspect here is the Fligthweave construction, i.e. the one-piece, one layer woven upper.
While it looks like Flyknit, it isn’t. Where Flyknit is knit together like a sock, Flightweave is woven. Without getting to technical, the overall is not one buyers aren’t accustomed to seeing since parent company Nike has been implementing Flyknit tech on so many models in the past few years. The question is how players react to the design shift will be interesting to say the least, since JB has really hammered home the idea that they make shoes for the hardword first and everything else comes secondary.
The Air Jordan XX9 will officially launch in September and the fall release coincides with the start of many basketball league seasons. The first two colorways will be Black/White-Gym Red and Black/Team Orange-Dark Grey. Official imagery below and additional details can be found at Nike.com.
“The Air Jordan XX9 features the world’s first performance-woven upper. Finding inspiration in Italy, the home of some of the world’s greatest craftsmen, the Jordan design team created an upper that provides structure, support, interior comfort and exterior abrasion resistance. Using state-of-the-art weaving machines, the team learned they could provide all four major elements of the shoe in a single layer of material.
“The performance-woven upper delivers superior abrasion resistance, along with an entirely new look on the outside of the shoe. The structure and fit of the shoe are engineered through Flight Web tunnels, and strategic panels of stiffer and softer flex to enhance natural motion. The absence of numerous layers and adhesion technologies creates an incredibly comfortable, sock-like interior lining with superior breathability. Using webbed straps that wrap the foot and integrate with the laces, the Flight Web fit system offers superior mid-foot lockdown that moves with the athlete. Woven channels in the upper enhance the Flight Web fit system, while a double-lasted heel helps dampen the impact on hard landings. Articulated padding in the collar adds to the premium, signature feel of the shoe and helps prevent the heel from slipping.
“The Air Jordan XX9 also features the newest iteration of Flight Plate. Harnessing the energy of every step for explosive liftoff and optimal energy return, the evolved Flight Plate maximizes the responsiveness of the Nike Zoom Air units in the forefoot and heel through the use of a Pebax® moderator plate. The plate provides managed compression and deflection of the Nike Zoom Air cushioning units, creating a larger sweet spot for optimal performance. In this year’s shoe, the forefoot and heel are linked by a tendril – a small bridge of outsole – providing a smoother heel-to-toe transition.