Air Jordan 9 UNC – A North Carolina Inspiration

air jordan 9 unc

(Updated 2/9/2019)

Name Of Sneaker: Air Jordan 9 UNC

Best Place To Purchase: Ebay.com

Price Range (Doing The Time Of This Review): $99.95-$610.50

Available Sizes: Toddler, Preschool, Grade School, Men

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game is soon to come, and is taking place in Charlotte, North Carolina. Today, an UNC-inspired colorway on the Air Jordan 9s (The College that Michael Jordan has attended) has finally released. The Air Jordan 9 UNC would be perfect to wear during All-Star weekend, and they are available in ALL sizes. What do you think about these sneakers??? You can make a purchase now.

Who Is Michael Jordan?

Michael Jordan is a retired professional basketball player who has played for 15 seasons in NBA for the Chicago Bulls, and the Washington Wizards. During his time at the University of North Carolina in 1982, he played basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels, and was drafted for the Chicago Bulls in 1984. He was able to entertain the crowd with his prolific scoring, defensive plays, and his ability to perform slam dunks from the free throw line at the slam dunk contests, which has earned him the nicknames: Air Jordan and His Airness.

He has won his first NBA Championship with the Bulls in 1991, and also winning again in 1992 and 1993 (three-peat). During the 1993-1994 NBA season, MJ has retired from basketball in order to pursue a minor career in baseball. In March 1995, MJ has announced his return to the NBA, and has led the Bulls to three additional championships during 1996-1998. In 1999, MJ retired from the NBA for the second time, but return again to play for the Washington Wizards during 2001-2003. Currently, MJ is the owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets.

MJ has numerous career highlights and awards:

  • 6 times NBA champion (1991-1993, 1996-1998)
  • 6 times NBA Finals MVP (1991-1993, 1996-1998)
  • 5 times NBA MVP (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
  • 14 times All-Star (1985-1993, 1996-1998, 2002, 2003)
  • 3 times NBA All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998)
  • 10 times All-NBA First Team (1987-1993, 1996, 1998)
  • All-NBA Second Team (1985)
  • NBA Defensive Player Of The Year (1988)
  • 9 times NBA All-Defensive First Team (1988-1993, 1996-1998)
  • NBA Rookie Of The Year (1985)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985)
  • 10 times NBA Scoring Championship (1987-1993, 1996-1998)
  • 3 times NBA Steals Leaders (1988, 1990, 1993)
  • 2 times NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion (1987, 1988)
  • 3 times AP Athlete Of The Year (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • 2 times USA Basketball Male Athlete Of The Year (1983, 1984)
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year (1991)
  • NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-time Team
  • NCAA Champion (1982)
  • Consensus National College Player Of The Year (1984)
  • ACC Player Of The Year (1984)
  • ACC Rookie Of The Year (1982)
  • 2 times Consensus First-Team All-American (1983, 1984)
  • 2 times First-Team All-ACC (1983, 1984)
  • No. 23 Retired by Chicago Bulls
  • N0. 23 Retired by Miami Heat
  • No. 23 Retired by the University Of North Carolina

History Of The Air Jordan Brand

In 1984, Nike was a struggling shoe company looking for ways to appeal to a new segment of the shoe market, and to reinvent themselves. Nike has turned to rookie Michael Jordan to order to make an endorsement deal, but MJ showed no interest at all. MJ had plans to sign a deal with either Adidas or Converse; he loved the brands, and in North Carolina, these were the shoes that wore to play basketball in. Unfortunately, both of the brands rejected him.

Nike was offering to create a brand new line of shoes called Air Jordan, and MJ’s old agent, David Falk, saw this as a wonderful opportunity. MJ flew to the Nike headquarters in Portland, Oregon, after being convinced by his parents , and his agent. During his visit, Nike has shown him a special video presentation of his college career highlights, plus his high-flying Olympics moves with Pointer Sister’s “Jump” playing in the background. Peter Moore, Nike’s Old Head Designer, also shown MJ sketches of the Air Jordan 1, and apparel to go with it. It was featured in Black and Red, and MJ was very interested with these designs. He has stated: “I can’t wear these shoes, those are devil colors”.

MJ has decided to finally make a deal with Nike, and has signed a 5-year deal that was worth $2.5 million. MJ has fueled the success of Nike, and the Air Jordan Brand is still popular today.

The Air Jordan 9 History

The Air Jordan 9 was first introduced way back in 1993. Michael Jordan was in Asia to promote for Nike while Tinker Hatfield and Nike were working on the Air Jordan 9. There are a lot of features on the sneakers that comes from Japanese Culture, in which Hatfield was very influenced by. On the bottom of each shoe, you will notice words in different languages that best represents Michael Jordan:

Left Shoe

  • Uhuru (Swahili) – Independence
  • cbo6oAa (Russian) – Freedom
  • Cnopt (Russian) – Sport
  • Athletisch (German) – Athletic
  • Muundaji (Swahili) – Hope

Right Shoe

  • Intenso (Italian) – Intense
  • Liberte (French) – Freedom
  • Anmutig (German) – Graceful
  • Fuerza (Spanish) – Force
  • Dedie (French) – Dedicated

The Air Jordan 9 is equipped with a dynamic-fit inner bootie, encapsulated air-sole unit (forefoot), large volume air-sole unit (heel), polyurethane midsole and a “one-pull” lace system. The original retail for the sneakers was $125.00.

Features Of The Shoe

The shoe is dressed up in a white, UNC blue, and midnight navy color combination. The upper features a smooth and patent leather. White is applied to the upper of the shoe, while midnight navy covers the midsole, heel areas, mudguard, tongue areas, and inner lining. Finally, hits of UNC blue can be found on the branding, and a white midsole can also be seen.

Release Date

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game doesn’t start until February 17th, but these have dropped today. They are available in ALL sizes. GO AND COP A PAIR NOW!!

Additional Images

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Pros And Cons Of The Sneaker


  • Comfortable
  • Cool Colors
  • Good Ankle Support
  • Stylish
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Runs True To Size
  • Good Traction
  • Easy To Clean
  • Breathable


  • Creases Easily
  • Gets Dirty Fast
  • Does Not Break In Quickly

Video Of The Sneaker



This year of NBA All-Star Weekend should be a moment to remember. You may want to cop these to wear to the special event. What are your thoughts on these?? Leave your comments and questions in the comment section, and I will be happy to help you out. Also, make sure to like, share, and subscribe for more sneaker content. Stay tuned, as there are more updates on the way!!

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  1. Wow, I love your review on this sneaker Air Jordan 9UNC and I also love all the history about MJ.

    I am “old” enough to know him from his early stage and since I am a huge fan of basketball I have observed his career, even though I was living at this time still in Europe.

    However, I am thinking of new sneakers which I can use for running, hopefully starting soon again after the snow has melted. I love the features and it is just what I am looking for.

    Thanks for the link so I can pre-order them right away, appreciated 🙂

    • Hey Sylvia, thanks for the comment. Feel free to come back to my site to see more upcoming sneaker blogs!

  2. Thank you for this lovely wonderful post. Micheal Jordan has been around for almost eternity.  He’s truly an icon. The sneakers of Air Jordan has been out there forever. I could remember how my mum got one for me As birthday gift during my high school days. But reading about this Air Jordan 9 has given me idea on what to get for myself as Valentines gift

    • Hey Kehinde, thanks for the comment. Feel free to always check out my site for more daily sneaker content. 

  3. Hi,

    I have read the whole review about this information.This is really a great information about Air Jordan 9 UNC.I got to know about Air Jordan 9 UNC brand by reading your article.I likes this shoe very well and i will buy this shoe.I will share this article with my friends.I believed they will like this article.Thanks for sharing this informative information with us.

    • Hey Moinul, thanks for the comment. Feel free to always check out my site for more sneaker news!!!

  4. Wow. That is a very interesting pair of shoes.  My wife, who is a big UNC fan, would love those.  Do you think they will be hard to get?  I hear sometimes that people go crazy trying to get limite release shoes like these and people get hurt.  What is th best way to get them while avoiding these situations?

    • Hello Nate, nice to hear from you again. I would recommend going on Ebay to make a purchase, I have the link in the blog. 

  5. I have, of course, known about Michael Jordan for a long time, but I never really realized the huge accomplishments he has had in his career until I read all the accolades on this article.  Wow!  It’s exremely impressive, as are these shoes.  I also didn’t realize he’s been around since 1982?  That’s like 27 years!!  Time sure flies.  I honestly thought the shoes were going to be a lot more after I read all the features of them, but they are actually a lot less expensive than I had anticipated.  Awesome write-up about Michael!  Thanks!

    • Hey Babsie, thanks for the comment. MJ has indeed been around for a long time, and the sneakers continue to be a trend. Feel free to always check out my site for more sneaker news!

  6. I have a couple of friends who love playing basketball and I think they would enjoy reading this review because the tons of information you’ve provided is all that one needs to make an informed decision. I’m also considering starting my basketball training after a long nag from my friends and I hope this sneaker will be good for me to purchase as a beginner? 

    Not only have you provided the relevant information I needed to know about this sneakers but you’ve given highlights of the icon (MJ) behind it which is worth reading. Thanks for the information.

    • Hello DerrAd, thanks for the comment. These will be great for yourself, since you considering basketball training. Feel free to always check out my site for more sneaker news!

  7. Hi Ahmad Ballard,

    This is a fantastic review with all specific information about Air Jordan 9 UNC brand shoes. I love the color and design and I also believe it will be more comfortable than any other shoes. I am planning to buy one of those soon. I believe my other friends will be also interested on this. I am going to share it with my friends and family members. Thanks for wonderful review.

    • Hello Mzakapon, thanks for the comment. Yes, share this with everyone and inform them about my site, they will love it!

  8. I love that color blue! It’s so classic and royal. I don’t know much about the Tar Heels colors as I don’t watch college basketball. But the color reminds me of the Wizards’ jersey when MJ used to play for them. 

    I think you’ve done a great job with this Air Jordan 9 UNC review. I love the fact that you talked about the history of not only Jordans, but the man behind the shoe as well. It’s great for people who don’t know the history.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Hello Brittney, thanks for the comment. A lot of people is unaware of the history behind these Jordan sneakers, so I like to be informative about them. 

  9. Hi Ahmad,

    i soooooooo love love loveee Air Jordans!!!!!!

    When u wear them it feels like u are walking on a cloud, or on Air. I can’t live without a Air Jordan on my feet after wearing these shoes u never want something else anymore.

    U can say i am a A.J. addict. It is the best addiction in the world. There are no sideaffects besides spending money, lol

    Me and my friends are all M.J fans. He is the best of the best of the best. There is no one like him.  Me and my friends can’t wait to buy his shoes for the rest of our lives.

    Thank u for writing this article.

    Much Love,


    • Hello Dahay, thanks for the comment. I am also a huge Jordan fan as well, and have a nice collection of them in my house. Feel free to always check out my site for more sneaker news!

  10. Hi Ahmad, 

    I like the history you added about Michael Jordan and the Air Jordan 9 UNC. I didn’t realize he had so many awards and achievements. I knew he was great. I now realize how truly great he was as a basketball player. Good info. 

    Wow, Air Jordan has been around for over thirty years. This brand has definitely stood the test of time. 

    The different languages on the heals is a cool feature. Will Nike be adding more languages in the future? 

    The visuals of the shoes was a nice touch. Nice looking shoes. Are there other colors available? Like more North Carolina blue. 

    Will you be adding more information where to get the best prices at different stores or online buying other than Ebay?

    Good job, thank your very much, johnny

    • Hey Johnny, thanks for the comment. I don’t believe that they will consider adding more languages. The Air Jordan 9 is available in a variety of colors, go on ebay and type in Air Jordan 9. You can also check on footlocker to see if they got them. 

  11. Hi Ahmad Ballard,

    I have found my perfect choice after reading your article. I love this brand and going to share it with my family. Any how I have to buy one of those. I believe this is very high quality and longer lasting shoes ever I have found. I believe it will be helpful for my relatives also. I am going to share it with my friends and saved this page in my bookmark section. Thank you for writing this excellent review of this Air Jordan 9 UNC brand products.

    • Hello Seofarhan, thanks for the comment. I am looking forward for you to checking out my site again!

  12. Great article and solid history on MJ. I remember when his shoes first came out my family was never able to afford the Nike brand let alone the Air Jordons $65.00 back then bought us three kids 3 pairs of shoes at the low-budget place. Anyway not here to talk about that, the UNC 9’s along with all the other Jordon’s are iconic shoes and it’s great that they are coming back like this, now that I can afford my own stuff I’ll be purchasing them. Thanks for the great article hopefully some youngsters read the history you wrote.

    • Hello Jason, thanks for the comment. Feel free to always check out my site for the latest sneaker news!

  13. Hi; Michael Jordan played a significant roll in the lives of many sports fans as he had implanted a likeness for the Air Jordan footwear by which many people benefit by turning the footwear into a business, making their livelihood while some others gain easy access to the commodity because of the name. Thanks for all those listed dates and times.


    • Hello DorcasW, thanks for the comment. Feel free to always check out my site as I will keep you posted on the latest sneaker info!

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