2002’s ‘Cool Grey’ Air Jordan IX Retro was the first to copy the recipe for success laid out by the AJXI, right down to the patent leather mudguard that was also a first for the Nine. Nearly a decade later, we know all too well how potent the CG colorway remains, evidenced by the fact that despite this newJordan V.9 Grown being cast in Dark Grey, the similarities are too overwhelming to ignore. These V9s go for an all-patent leather upper along with gum rubber on the vulcanized sole to achieve a look that’s neutral from afar but quickly reveals it’s out for attention thanks to the ultra-glossy sheen. Would you want to see a ‘Cool Grey’ Air Jordan Retro with a gum sole? This might be the closest we ever get, and they’re available now from Caliroots.