The Jordan CP3.IX is Officially Unveiled

Jordan Brand officially unveiled Chris Paul’s 9th signature shoe today, featuring improved stability and a new Zoom Air setup.

A bungee-lacing system returns from the CP3.VIII, a feature that provides a superior fit. Another feature that helps contain the foot is the internal bootie, which has appeared in the CP3 line on every shoe since the CP3.II.

The mesh material looks similar to the CP3.VIII AE, although there are now synthetic leathers used on the CP3.IX. This leather will provide more support on the upper foot near the lacing system. Another feature providing extra stability is the protruding outrigger, which protects you from tipping over during sharp cuts.

In terms of tooling, the shoe features injected Phylon in the midsole and an articulated Zoom Air unit in the forefoot. The forefoot Zoom Air is a big change from previous CP3 models, as the unit looks larger than the unit on the Cp3.VIII and is now segmented into nine chambers to provide targeted responsiveness.

The traction pattern is mostly herringbone, with storytelling aspects on the lateral heel and medial toe areas. This pattern is made up of chevrons to honor Paul’s late grandma.

The launch colorways will feature the ‘Yellow Dragon’ and ‘Emerald’ versions. The former of the two highlights the parallels between Paul’s intelligence and movement, with that of the yellow dragon from Chinese mythology.

The Jordan CP3.IX ‘Emerald’ will release on Thursday, October 1 in North America and China for $130 USD, and on Saturday, November 1 in other countries. The ‘Yellow Dragon’ colorway will drop on October 1 for the same price and is a China exclusive.

Let us know how you think the Jordan CP3.IX will perform in the comments below.

Chris Paul wearing the Jordan CP3.IX yellow dragon Jordan CP3.IX yellow dragon Jordan CP3.IX yellow dragon up close Jordan CP3.IX tongue yellow dragon Jordan CP3.IX yellow dragon heel logo Jordan CP3.IX yellow dragon sole bottoms traction outsole Chris Paul wearing the Jordan CP3.IX Emerald Jordan CP3.IX emerald Jordan CP3.IX emerald up close Jordan CP3.IX emerald tongue Jordan CP3.IX emerald traction bottoms sole

Via Nike.


  1. Had the III and the IVs, the way the Zoom is implemented sounds like how it was used in the Melo M9, except this is articulated Zoom.

    1. For me, impact protection is visible zoom, like in the heel of the KD7. I have the kd 7 and the impact absorption is incredible.

  2. Lunarlon foam; articulated-nine piece zoom in forefoot; leather collar/heel; bungee lacing system; and cp3 8 ae – like materials… ?gonna iD these

  3. articulated zoom finally.
    articulated zoom should be widely used much much much earlier , considering Zoom is 20 years old tech.
    for the record , using the thin strip rectangle of zoom on forefoot is so so so behind of what technology could of bring us to. The lower end models should be all equipped with articulated zoom now a day.

  4. i’m skeptical of articulated zoom because this unit looks like the AJ 2012 midsole insert and I couldn’t feel any zoom from it. I do like the CP3 line because it’s not hyped and has been good performer so hopefully I’m wrong about the cushioning.

    1. I think you’re right, the Zoom will be on the outside of the mid-sole, so it’ll ‘crack’ the impact, but you most likely won’t feel it.

      Also the ‘harmonica mid-sole’ suggests Lunar, which is good for lighter players, personally I’d really like the Podulon, or Podulite back, it’s much more responsive, more durable, it’s just better overall.

      1. Nene – the heel is the same as last year, foam wise. Not lunar – according to designer and JB reps yesterday

  5. I should’ve looked here first before YouTube. I suppose it can’t be Unlocked Articulated Zoom without the Flight Plate system. What do you guys think, bottom loaded at best?

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