The (XIX) 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 Black Mamba
The design of the Air Jordan 19 (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 19 (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.
Double stack air
The Air Jordan 19 (XIX) 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 Air Jordan 19 (XIX) box was not nearly as nice as the one for the, 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 and had the +’s and the had the .5, the Air Jordan 19 (XIX) would also have a modified version released on the market. Again a simplier design, but just as high a price tag.