Johnny Kilroy lives on in Retro 9s
Let's face it, Michael Jordan is most definitely a better basketball player than he is a baseball player, though his exit from his passion to his hobby sport did make for some interesting advertising. SoleCollector.com reports in October of 1993 Jordan stepped back from basketball to try his hand at baseball and in his absence, Nike came up with his alter ego, Johnny Kilroy, to take over advertising his Air Jordan shoes.
The Kilroy character worked to help push the release of the Air Jordan IX campaign - he even appeared in multiple TV and print ads and had his own basketball trading card made. This fall marks the 20th anniversary of the Air Jordan IX and the brand is ready to let fans have a chance to own the retro kicks again - representing all that was Johnny Kilroy.
The Retro 9s consist of a black body with silver-toned soles that give the kicks a modern touch, while the red upper portion works to provide the shoes with a perfect pop of color. Kilroy is represented on the limited edition sneakers on the tongue. The number "4" is embroidered on the heel and "Kilroy Kicks Butt" is written on the insoles and the backside of the tongues. The shoes are set to be released on October 6 - the anniversary of Jordan's original retirement. Fans can pick up a pair for a cool $160.