Jordan Brand continues to build on its history of pioneering innovation and craftsmanship with the 29th iteration of the successful Air Jordan model.

Since 1985, the launch of the brand’s most premium performance product has debuted innovations such as Visible Air in the AJ 3, carbon-fiber materials in the AJ XI, and most recently, Flight Plate technology in the Air Jordan XX8. Now, the Air Jordan XX9 introduced an evolved Flight Plate, coupled with the first-ever performance-woven upper.

The new design made to feel and play as if it were tailored specifically to each athlete’s foot.

Finding inspiration in Italy, the Jordan design team created an upper that provides structure, support, interior comfort and exterior abrasion resistance. Using state-of-the-art weaving machines, the team learned they could provide all four major elements of the shoe in a single layer of material.

The absence of numerous layers and adhesion technologies creates an incredibly comfortable, sock-like interior lining with superior breathability. Using webbed straps that wrap the foot and integrate with the laces, the Flight Web fit system offers superior mid-foot lockdown that moves with the athlete.

The newest iteration of Jordan’s Flight Plate harnesses the energy of every step for explosive liftoff and optimal energy return. It maximizes the responsiveness of the Nike Zoom Air units in the forefoot through the use of a Pebax moderator plate, which provides managed compression and deflection of the Nike Zoom Air cushioning units, creating a larger sweet spot for optimal performance.

The Air Jordan XX9 drops in “Team Orange” on Saturday (Sept. 6) at Jordan retailers for $225 USD.