Nice Kicks presents a new column, Everything You Need to Know, profiling the biggest releases prior to drop date. Get the basics on the shoe’s original launch, historical importance, and where you can get them. Without further ado, the Air Jordan 9 “Cool Grey”.
Release HistoryAir Jordan 9 “Cool Grey” 2002
The Air Jordan 9 “Cool Grey” released for the first time on October 25, 2002. Preceded by re-releases of the original White/Black-Red, “Olive”, and also-new “French Blue” colorway, this shoe marked the last midtop launch of the AJ9 in ’02.
Due in part to a lack of retro popularity and a down economy, the “Cool Grey” 9s were not a sellout the first time around, though not despised. The “Cool Grey” colorway served as a follow up to the smash hit AJ11s that debuted the previous year.