Starting the year off with a bang! The Jordan 9 Retro Light Olive

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The Jordan 9 Retro Light Olive shall grace sneaker shelves this January, taking clear inspiration from the Jordan 9 OG Olive. The latter being released in 1993, what better way to celebrate its 30th anniversary than bringing it back with an updated look? Moreover, the last time we saw the model was in 2012, so fans have had plenty of time to get excited for a return.

What you need to know

The colorway comes in a black leather upper with a light brown mudguard circling the base of the upper and scaling up to the collar. The sole also comes in black, whilst Jumpman branding on the sole, heel and tongue comes in royal blue.

Back in the day, collectors used to cover the olive mudguard on the original pair with a black sharpie. In doing so, creating more of a Bred colorway. But these days the light olive detailing suits current trends, with earthy tones in style. In part, thanks to the desert-themed releases from Travis Scott we have seen over the last few years.

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The model differs from the original Air Jordan 9 Olive primarily by swapping the traditional olive mudguard for a lighter olive colour, hence the name. But also, the branding comes in blue as opposed to red on the originals. This is similar to other Jordan colorways, such as the Jordan 14 Retro White Hyper Royal, which also swapped the red detailing on the Jordan 14 Candy Cane for blue detailing.

The silhouette of the Jordan 9 is ultimately a basketball sneaker in line with the other Air Jordans. But it takes on a heavy baseball cleat influence to match Jordan’s career change to minor league baseball at the time. As a result, Penny Hardaway wore the model on the hardcourt whilst MJ wore a pair on the baseball diamond, with the sole swapped out for cleats. Although not to everyone’s taste, the baseball influence gave the Jordan 9 a unique look to other shoes at the time. Immortalizing Jordans career change forever by way of its impact on his sneakers.

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When and where will it be available?

The model will be released on the 7th of January, but check out for the best deals, where they should become available soon after.

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