Every Jordan sneaker is steeped in a storied history, whether it’s part of an in-game run by “la cabra” himself or, as is the case with the latest Air Jordan IX retro colorway, aptly dubbed “Statue” because it was memorialized on the foot of Michael Jordan‘s statue outside the United Center. The statue, first unveiled back on November 1, 1994, after Jordan led the Bulls to their first three-peat together, was commissioned outside the United Center to honor Jordan and also (why not?) for a good hearty display of posterization to be the thing to first greet fans outside the arena.
The Air Jordan IX Retro “Statue” release includes a re-mastering, in terms of quality, with militia green/copper accents all new to this silhouette. Notable features include a full white leather base with a black leather mesh tongue, inner bootie, and back pull-tab, green accents running along the interior, eyelets and Jumpman logos, a speckled sole, and a neat stitched-on label with the date November 1, 1994, reading across it.
The Air Jordan IX, who saw a lot of time as cleats during Jordan’s forgettable run at professional baseball, saw their first on-court action on the feet of Penny Hardaway amongst a couple of other NBA players and–with a bit of movie trivia here–comically on the feet of “Butch” from The Little Rascals when he was busy son-ing dudes on the playground. Jordan would later wear them on the hardwood during his time in Washington.
Releasing at Champs Sports now, this pair of Jordans is the perfect addition to your Back to School rotation.