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Performance Teaser: Air Jordan IX (9) Retro

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I typically don’t post teasers so soon after playing in a shoe but I will make an exception for the AJIX.

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Traction is better than I expected. The rubber used feels slightly stickier than the rubber used on the other flat surfaced Jordan models.

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This is the first Retro model where the lack in material quality finally shows within their overall performance. I know the original and first round Retros weren’t ‘ideal’ for on-court use but the leather on these just doesn’t offer the support you’d need. For all I know it could just be the model/ design itself but there were times when I felt as if the shoe was going to fall apart… the leather is literally crumpling from the pressure of playing which is disconcerting.

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Remember when I said I wanted to wear a ½ size larger than my true size within the First Impression… yeah…

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The Air Jordan IX isn’t a horrible model but doesn’t seem to be the best either. This is definitely a shoe that will come down to someone’s personal preferences… for example; if it weren’t for the cheap leather and the fact that I now have a hole in my foot, I actually enjoyed playing in them.

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17 comments
  1. Damn that looks painful. I’m still trying to break in my hyperdunks 2011 lows. I kinda hate em. I have a narrow foot and my pinky toe still screams at me when i put these on after hours of playing.

    1. I like my HD 2011 lows for the most part. I have narrow feet and they fit me perfectly fine, you may not have as narrow of a foot as the last they used on those. The heel lockdown is what bugs me on them. Traction isnt good outdoors either and thats a bummer as well.

      1. You’re probably right. The funny thing is, I think it may just be my right foot. The other one was fine after a few hours of playing in them. My toe on the right foot is just shaped awkwardly. I think that in combination with the shape of the shoe causes problems. I haven’t tried em outside yet tho but I do agree about the heel. I play in the Fly Wade 2 most of the time and wearing the hyperdunk lows feels like a major step down in alot of ways in comparison.

  2. Yaa i play with the ajIX, not my kind of shoes to hoop in. I was disappointed with the material quality as nightwing2303 discribe. I thought it was a good shoes to play with. but its still one of my favorite AJ shoe to wear out in town.

  3. Damn Nightwing, committed to the cause to ball!!

    I got AJIX for my birthday and haven’t worn them yet (waiting for the right moment) but with the injury to your foot, I’m a bit worried.

    Also do you know if they are going to re-release the AJ18.5??? Aa long shot, I know, but I tried them on, wanted to get them, didn’t (went with the AJ1) and been trying to find them without any luck.

  4. Just wearing these casually, i knew they were not to be used on court. They feel so bad and unconfortable. I would say Jordan 1s are more comfortable. And give about the same cushion level. And they are about to put these out in more colorways. Everytime i see someone playing in these i ask myself,” How can they put up with them?”

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