April 30, 2014 BY Aaron Kr. / 39
The other intriguing application of the XX9’s performance-woven upper is its ability to render graphics and patterns at photo-level quality. At the unveiling event, Jordan Brand showed off graphic swatches and tapestries that from a distance appeared to be screen printed, but turned out to actually be the same woven material that makes up the XX9 upper. While the first few colorways we’ve seen all take advantage of those possibilities in
different ways, it seems safe to assume that we’ll see them push the limits of graphic treatments over the course of the model’s run. Also of note is the way the texture, weave, and to some degree, structure, can drastically differ from one version to the next. With the clean one-piece palette as a starting point, the possibilities for how each colorway takes shape are pretty much infinite and it should be fun to see how creative JB can get with it.