The Air Jordan XIX (19) was released in 2004.
As Michael had retired Jordan Brand turned to players such as Jason Kidd, Gary Payton, Carmelo Anthony and of course Ray Allen, to promote the new Air Jordan. The lightest and most supportive Air Jordan sneaker to date featured an ultimate combination of sport and style.
The design of the Air Jordan XIX was inspired by Inspired by the most dangerous snake on earth, the Black Mamba. Again Tate Kuerbis (Jordan Senior Footwear Designer) was the driving force of the model but he was highly supported by persons such as Jason Mayden, Wilson Smith, Josh Heard and Suzette Henri, so maybe one could say that this was the largest joint effort within Air Jordan design ever.
The joint effort was needed. In Air Jordan XIX a material was used that had never been associated with shoewear design ever before. The industrial braided sleeving (also called tech-flex) that was the main ingredient of the design is a material used in the automotive industry. A superb material that stretches comfortably but has enormous support capabilities.
The XIX’s were equipped with a double stack Air Sole unit in the heel combined with a full length zoom air bag. This made the shoe one of the most comfortable AJ’s ever released. As the shoe was also put together in a very unique way very few seems were felt on the inside – another feature that made them extremely comfortable.
The XIX bx was not nearly as nice as the one for the XVIII, but the cool feature was that it was divided into two slots. In the slots you found your shoes neatly packaged in net shoe-bags.
As XVI and XVII had the +’s and the XVIII had the .5, the XIX would also have a modified version released on the market. Again a simplier design, but just as high a price tag.
White/Varsity Red-Metallic Silver
White/Midnight Navy-Varsity Red
White/White-Black-Cement Grey (low)
Black/Metallic Silver-Varsity Red (low)
Neutral Grey/Black-Light Graphite (low)
Cinder/British Khaki (low)
White/Metallic Gold-Midnight Navy
White/Flint Grey-Deep Red
White/Metallic Gold-Varsity Purple