Apr 18 2014, 12:38am CDT | by Gene Ryan Briones
For basketball fans, it's hard to forget Michael Jordan's signature basketball shoes: the Air Jordan. Considered to be most popular basketball shoe in the world, Nike sold an estimated $2.5 billion worth of Air Jordans last year in the U.S alone.
On Thursday this week, Nike and Michael Jordan revealed the latest model and the 29th iteration of the iconic shoe.
The Air Jordan XX9, as it called, is designed by Tinker Hatfield. The shoe is inspired by a unique design Hatfield discovered in Italy. Basically the upper part of the shoe will be made in Italy, while the rest will be in Asia.
The Air Jordan XX9 features a woven upper and a load-bearing flight plate.
Hatfield said that the goal is make the shoes fit like a glove and feel like the player is wearing nothing at all. It took Hatfield and his team of 20 people two years to design the shoe.
There will be two versions: one bearing the classic Chicago Bulls color and the other sporting blue and orange colors. The latter will be worn by Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook.
Nike will begin selling the Air Jordan XX9 later this year. It will retail for $225.
Gene Ryan Briones
Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.
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