With the anticipation of this weekend’s retro releases and restocks building exponentially, the demand for retro Air Jordans seems to be near its peak. Would you believe re-releases of Air Jordan signatures have not always been as coveted as they are today? Back in ’94, Nike attempted their first run of retros during Michael Jordan’s first retirement, with lackluster success, as many of these releases hit Nike outlets. Five years later, we saw MJ retire again, and more attempts to revive legendary Jordan silhouettes began again. This time, Nike started with the Air Jordan 4, a Tinker Hatfield-designed shoe, that took the world by storm in 1989. Soon after, Jordan delivered a career season wearing the AJ 4, adding to its legacy. The Air Jordan 4 featured many new design concepts. First, the straps on the side for increased ankle support. It was also the first shoe to incorporate a unique design element that we all have come to know and love as “Cement” print. The 1999 return the Air Jordan 4 is known more for its Nike Air branding, but thei shoe’s impact on sneaker culture is un-matched by any other Air Jordan silhouette. The return of the Air Jordan 4 proved that retros could sell in a modern market, and paved the way for future retro releases in non-O.G colors. To pay homage to the iconic sneaker, we ranked our 23 favorite Air Jordan 4 releases of all time. Skim through our list and let us know if you agree with our rankings in the comments.
Air Jordan 4
The Air Jordan 4 is widely considered as one of the best Air Jordans. This Michael Jordan signature was designed by Tinker Hatfield and features a popular design. Visible Air is carried over from the Air Jordan 3 with mesh and plastic wings popping up. Embraced original colorways include the Black/Grey, "Fire Red", "Military Blue", and White/Cement, while the "Cool Grey" and "Laser" colorways rank high among retros from Jordan Brand.
Air Jordan 4s for sale
The Air Jordan 4s are not set to release any time soon, but that doesn't mean that you can't find Air Jordan 4s for sale. Below are a few links where you can find some Jordan 4s for sale.
Air Jordan 4s for sale at eBay
Air Jordan 4s for sale at Flight Club
Mache has spun one of his webs and produced a new Air Jordan 4 “Spider-Man” Custom. Going for a more casual, wearable look in the classic comic theme, the current king of kick customization used the more modern Spider-Man tones to keep the prints as subtle as possible. A dark red provides the base with a webbing design for detail, while a deep blue overlays on the toe box and along the mudguard. Silver provides another up-to-date tone for contrast on the heel panels and Air Jordan 4 eyelets, which contain a natural web appearance of their own. Get a better look at this new Mache makeup below, and then drop a line of your feedback in the comment space underneath.
The Air Jordan 4 “Oregon” Custom for Juwan Howard finds Dank Customs rekindling some of that Duck magic. This one-of-one creation for the Fab Five favorite features his logo and nickname tagging both sides of the tongue, with metallic green gracing the leather wings and trademark midsole. Yellow eyelets add intrigue as does speckling on the heels. Follow Dank Customs on IG for more heat.
The Air Jordan 4 “Python Green Glow” Custom sticks to the script, seeing JBF Customs’ popular aesthetic applied to last year’s well-liked retro release. Grey python panels the majority of the upper, with black sueded python taking to the toe box and tongue. Green glow hits remain on the eyelets, lining and outsole, while ‘Incomparable’ tongue tagging denotes the designer. Check out detailed images of the Air Jordan 4 “Python Green Glow” Custom below and let us know where these rank among JBF’s other awesome python creations.
Although a “Knicks” colorway of the Air Jordan 4 has already been seen, Fuda Customs took the liberty of crafting an alternate, utilizing the recognizable hues of Madison Square Garden. Remixing the “Military Blue” colorway, the silhouette adheres to protocol with an orange base accented by touches of blue. Grey comes into play on the toecap and inner lining, with the midsole contrasting the colorful upper in white. What’s your take on this Knicks-themed kick? Drop your thoughts in the comments section.
Finding itself subject to customization quite often, the Air Jordan 4 is re-imagined by Ecentrik Customs with patriotic pride on the “American Flag” custom. Stars and stripes adorn the hoops retro, as both trade panels on the layered upper. Stepping away from the traditional blue of Old Glory, a lighter tint of the hue is applied, giving the shoe a more summer-appropriate vibe. Since this custom is 1-of-1, you won’t be able to commission these for yourself, but feel free to chime in with your take on this Jordan 4 design in the comments section.