April 17th, 2014 by Aaron Hope
Jordan Brand introduced a new performance-woven upper technology in today’s unveiling of the Air Jordan XX9. The highly anticipated successor to the XX8 was shown for the first time at a media event in New York, billed with the tagline ‘Tailored for Flight’. Russell Westbrook described the Jordan 29 as feeling extremely comfortable the instant he put them on, and that’s no coincidence. A team of legendary Jordan Brand designers, which include Tinker Hatfield, Mark Smith, and Tiffany Beers, created a revolutionary new flagship that combines the heralded Flight Plate with a one-piece upper carefully crafted to mold to your foot.
Moving from a more traditionally layered if unconventional design like the Jordan 28 to the 29 is a huge leap. It required extensive collaboration with the master craftsmen in the Italian factory responsible for the game-changing upper. This is a shoe whose material allows for it to surpass old school layering while simultaneously providing a more precise expression of prints and patterns than any other; quite simply the most advanced upper ever seen in the Air Jordan line. There’s a lot to take in from Jordan Brand’s latest foray into the Air Jordan, so let’s examine this next generation masterpiece in greater detail: