Air Jordan IV.
His Airness. 23. Take Flight. Tinker Hatfield designed the Jordan IV for the '88/89 season.
- Nike Air Jordan
- White Leather Upper
- White urethane-coated Mesh Sidewall Cage
- Black & Red Midsole
- Black Wing Flaps
- Red Square Eyelet System
- Nike Air Branding on Heel Tab
- Air Window & Air Cushioning
One of the 4 original Jordan IV colourways, the Fire Red dresses the Air Jordan in the iconic Chicago Bulls red, white and black. The leather upper is completely white, the mesh cage on the sidewalls is also in white, with the unique square eyelet system dressed in red and the wing flaps finished in black. The forefoot which houses the Air unit is white whilst the remainder of the midsole comes in red and black. The tongue features a red Jumpman logo with the Flight text in black. The black leather heel counter and tab complete the silhouette with classic Nike Air branding in red extruding from them.
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 lacing 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 Air Jordan teaming up with UNDFTD on a military inspired 'Deep Green' edition in 2005 (limited to 72 pairs).
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