Air Jordan IV.
His Airness. 23. Take Flight. Tinker Hatfield designed the Jordan IV for the '88/89 season.
- Nike Air Jordan
- White Tumbled Leather Upper
- Red urethane-coated Mesh Sidewall Cage
- White Midsole
- White Wing Flaps
- Red Square Eyelet System
- Red Interior Lining/li>
- Nike Air Branding on Heel Tab
- Red Panel at Air Window & Air Cushioning
Introduced in 2016, the Alternate 89 colourway is a celebration of Michael Jordan's historic performances on the court. The alternate concept behind the silhouette is a reference to the potential Player Exclusives that would have been made for MJ during his career. Dressed in the home colours of the Bulls, the Alternate 89 adds red accents to the urethane-coated mesh sidewall, the square eyelet system and panels above the midsole around the heel and towards the front portion of each of the shoe. The remaining portion of the tumbled leather upper is white. The heel counter features a Jumpman logo rather than the classic Nike Air branding in black, whilst the tongue tab features a black Jumpman logo with Flight text in red.
The 4 originals: White Cement, Black Cement (Bred), Military Blue & Fire Red. Explore the Air Jordan IV on Shoe Shelf.
Silhouette Explored — History
The Air Jordan IV was released as the follow up silhouette to the Air Jordan III in 1989, the silhouette was designed by Tinker Hatfield and built on the foundation of the Air Jordan III by making it more streamlined. The AJ4 was worn throughout the '88-89 season as the Bulls reached their first Eastern Conference Finals, but would ultimately lose to Isiah Thomas' Detroit Pistons. The design was the first to incorporate a series of aesthetic improvements such as urethane-coated mesh caging on the sidewalls and the lace panel to elevate breathability, in addition to exposed triangular ankle straps that housed a distinctive 3-by-3 square set eyelet lacing system. The lacing system opened up customisation options through the various permutations that were now on offer. The upper was segmented into 3 sections, with 2 panels above the midsole that housed a visible Air unit in the heel. The tongue tab would introduce the Jumpman logo, whilst the heel counter would feature Nike Air branding, the heel collar incorporated a large tab in order to make breaking into the silhouette easy as possible. The Bred colourway introduced a softer leather across the upper, when introduced it was dressed in Durabuck.
Silhouette Explored — History
During the 90's the shoe would become a favourite of a number of TV personalities such as Will Smith (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and Dwayne Wayne (A Different World), in addition to making a marquee appearance in Spike Lee's film, Do The Right Thing. Of Jordan's many iconic moments, none come bigger than the Shot, in game 5 of the EC First Round, he hit a clutch series winning-shot over Craig Ehlo, whilst wearing the Jordan IV Bred. The Jordan IV was the first Jordan silhouette to be modified by an external brand or fashion house, with Jordan teaming up with UNDFTD on a military inspired deep green edition in 2005.
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