Air Jordan 4 sneakers debuted in February 1989 during the NBA All-Start Game. They are the fourth installment of the signature shoes designed for the Bulls' legend Michael Jordan.
Created by Tinker Hatfield, Air Jordan 4 shared many similarities to its predecessor - Air Jordan 3. The shoes featured the classic Air Max cushion, enlarged tongue, and "Nike Air" logo on the heel. It does not mean Tinker did not bring something new to the table, though. Air Jordan 4 introduced plastic lace eyelet wings and netting on the upper. Hatfield introduced this feature to reduce weight, combining a more casual style with utility.
When first released, the price of Air Jordan 4 shoes was $110 and was available in four shades of color -"Black Cement", "White Cement", "Military Blue", and "Fire Red". To no surprise, the fourth Jordans became an instant hit. It's the model worn by MJ during "The Shot" - the infamous buzzer-beater that won Bulls the series over Cleveland Cavaliers.
The shoes returned to stores in 1999, a year after Jordan retired from the Chicago Bulls. The original "White Cement", "Black Cement" colors returned. Nike also introduced two "LS" (Lifestyle) models, which became the first Jordan sneakers to feature the famous Jumpman logo.
In 2005, the Jordan 4 made yet another return with the Laser editions, and then in 2006 with the Jordan "Thunder" and "Lightning" models. The only problem was that the shoes lacked the quality they used to have. Many fans were also displeased by the lack of the "Nike Air" sign, which made a return in the 2016 Jordan 4 White Cement edition.
As of today, Air Jordan 4 remains one of the most popular models in the Nike Air brand. All thanks to its eye-catching design and scarcity. Available in a variety of colorways, Air Jordan 4 is a must-have for any sneaker collector.
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