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The Birth of the PE: The 1994 Air Jordan IX Player Editions

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words // Zack Schlemmer
images via NBAE/Getty Images
as published in Sole Collector Magazine Issue 46 - The PE Issue (still available HERE)
Twenty years ago, player exclusive shoes were rare on NBA courts. Now each season, seemingly every player hits the hardwood with a dizzying array of personalized models—to the point where it’s almost impossible to keep track of them all. During the 1993-94 season the number of players with their own personalized editions of shoes was much less: Six, to be exact. Though SMU (special make up) versions of shoes have been on the court since the likes of the very first Nike basketball shoe, when George Gervin had “ICEMAN” at the heels of his Blazers, the true birth of the PE as we know it came when personalized pairs of the Air Jordan IX were created for Penny Hardaway, Latrell Sprewell, B.J. Armstrong, Kendall Gill, Mitch Richmond and Harold Miner.

Unlike the often-loud PEs of today (LaMarcus Aldridge’s metallic silver Air Max Hyperposites from the 2012-13 season come to mind), the original Jordan IX player exclusives were subtle. Of the six players, only Richmond’s all-black-outsoled pair deviated from the White/Black or Black/Charcoal color blocks of the original Air J...
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