Michael Jordan loves the finer things in life, and this has always been integrated into his signature sneakers. The XX9's upper is inspired by Italian craftsmen and "provides structure, support, interior comfort and exterior abrasion resistance."

"This year, our inspiration and challenge to ourselves was to create the best performance basketball shoe ever—and I think the XX9 and the performance-woven upper pay that off," Tinker Hatfield said.

But it's not just about looks with the XX9. The upper is designed to "enhance natural motion" for the wearer—and fit like a sock—all while becoming more durable.