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Air Jordan IX

Air Jordan IX

Although Jordan never donned these sneakers on the court, he wore a cleated version on the diamond.

The story goes that Jordan wanted a familiar shoe for his transition to baseball, so Tinker Hatfield turned the Jordan IX into the baseball cleats he wore with the Birmingham Barons.

This sneaker also signified Jordan's growing global brand by incorporating words of many different languages on the shoe's sole.

The French word "dévoué," meaning "dedicated"; the German word "anmutig," meaning "graceful"; and the Spanish word "fuerza," meaning "force," amongst other adjectives describing Michael's game, combined for the Jordan IX to represent fans across the world (via

To top it off, the IX is the shoe worn by MJ's statue outside of the United Center.



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