Kilroy is here
It has been 20 years since Michael Jordan first retired from basketball and Nike had the challenge of coming up with something - or someone - to take his place when advertising his popular Air Jordans following his announcement. Insert Kilroy, a fictional character/alias Nike created for the Air Jordan IX kicks to replace the legendary baller.
The sneakers came out in 1993 and were one of the most popular pairs of Air Jordan's made, according to TheBleacherReport.com. The marketing department went into overdrive to try and keep the sneaker line in business without its star athlete and they certainly achieved the goal. First, Nike created an iconic commercial starring funnyman Steve Martin who played an investigative journalist looking for Jordan and instead finding Kilroy to be his alter ego. The commercial had so much success that Kilroy even got his own basketball card.
Fans of the shoes or the story can pick up a pair now. The classic white soles, black body and pops of red make them perfect for all occasions while the embroidered number four on the heel of the shoe and "Kilroy Kicks Butt" sewn in on the tongue make them a conversation starter as well.
Do you like the style of the Air Jordan IX?