The Flight Plate was first introduced on the Air Jordan XX8. This year, the Flight Plate has been upgraded through the use of a Pebax moderator plate, which, in turn, makes Zoom Air cushioning more responsive. The heel-to-toe transition will become smoother than the XX8.

"The flight plate for the XX8 was a new concept, it worked well. But once it's out at the market a while, you see ways to improve it. The transition from heel to toe wasn't as smooth," Hatfield said.