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The Air Jordan XX9 Basketball Kicks Are Designed for Explosive Leaps

 - May 1, 2014
References: nikeinc & sneakernews
The Air Jordan XX9 basketball shoes are the 29th iteration of the Air Jordan series, and are dubbed as being the first basketball shoes designed for flight. The shoes feature an evolved Flight Plate design paired with the first-ever performance-woven upper, for a fit that feels like it's tailored specifically to the wearer.

The Air Jordan XX9's Flight Plate harnesses the energy of every step, directing it towards producing explosive liftoff and optimal energy return. The plate provides balanced compression and deflection of the special Nike Zoom Air cushioning units, creating a larger sweet spot for improved performance.

The shoes' forefoot and heel are linked by a tendril -- a small outsole bridge -- to provide a perfectly smooth heel-to-toe transition, further increasing athlete comfort levels and performance.