Original Release: 1994
Maybe it was strange timing, what with Mike retired and all, but the Air Jordan IX was meant to celebrate his rise to global icon. Messages were spelled out in multiple languages on the outsole, and the Jumpman over a globe on the heel left little to the imagination. The shoe itself was simple, harkening back to the days of the Air Jordan II, with a basic black and white upper with red accents. Do what works.