AIR JORDAN XXIV - Released 2009

The Air Jordan 2009 honored the most underrated aspect of MJ’s game: his defense. Inspired by fencing and MJ’s ability to control his opponents every move through spacing, the Air Jordan 2009 incorporated a pleated-silk upper, metallic mesh breathability ports and sword-slash traction pattern. Its panache leather took cues from the design of the AJXI.

Unlike other Air Jordans, the AJ 2009 is the first in the series to use its release year in the name, symbolizing the brand’s commitment to performance innovation. It was also the second shoe in the series — behind the AJXIII — to become part of the Nike Considered category for its use of environmentally-friendly materials.