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Air Jordan 4 Buyers Guide

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Everything you need to know about the Air Jordan 4.

Air Jordan 4 Buyers Guide

Jordan 4 history and background.

There’s nothing out there quite like the Air Jordan 4. Following the release of the AJ 1, 2, and 3, Tinker Hatfield and his talented team needed to design something that would blow everything out of the water - and that’s exactly what they set out to do. First teased in the OG “Bred” and “White Cement” flavors in Sports Illustrated’s November 1988 issue, the basketball silhouette made its hotly-anticipated debut a few months later during the NBA All-Star Game in February 1989.

Completely dominating the court, Michael Jordan’s fourth signature shoe very quickly became one of the most sought-after models in Nike history. Despite its relatively steep starting price at $110 (which would be over $260 in today’s money), sneakerheads and b-ball enthusiasts gobbled it up like it was nobody’s business.

Even now, a whole 33 years later, we’re still talking about the AJ 4 like it was introduced yesterday. You’d be hard pressed to find a sneaker that has made as much impact on the industry as this, so if you’re thinking of adding a pair to your collection, Sole Retriever’s Air Jordan 4 Buyer’s Guide should be the first place to look!

Michael Jordan Wearing The Air Jordan 4 Fire Red

What are the best Air Jordan 4 colorways?

The Air Jordan 4 has seen some truly legendary colorways in its time. From the “Military Blue” to the “Thunder,” we’ve lost count of how many iconic palettes there are. Most recently, the Jumpman has absolutely smashed it with releases like the “University Blue,” “White Oreo,” and even the Jordan 4 “What The” that pays homage to the original AJ 4 colorways by combining the “Fire Red,” “White Cement,” “Bred” and “Military Blue.” While these are quite new, there’s no doubt that they’ll go down in history and sit amongst the greats. 

Of course, you can’t talk about the AJ 4 without mentioning some of the ultra hyped collaborations that have been in the works over the past decade. From Virgil Abloh’s Off-White to Union LA, this silhouette has acted as the canvas to some of the industry’s best masterpieces. More colorways are coming very soon, so make sure you follow us on Twitter and download our Mobile app for your best chance to cop!

What materials is the Air Jordan 4 made from?

It really depends on the colorway, but the majority of Jordan 4s feature mesh paneling across the lateral and medial side panels with a rubber badge around the heel. In terms of the upper, most pairs boast all-leather constructions with suede accents throughout. With that said, you will get releases like the “Blank Canvas” and “Zen Master” that are made from hard-wearing canvas and even some AJ4’s outfitted in patent leather or suede. 

How does the Air Jordan 4 fit?

Without beating around the bush too much, the Air Jordan 4 fits true to size. You wouldn’t want to go even half a size up or down, so make sure you buy TTS (true-to-size) for the best and most comfortable fit possible. Speaking of comfort, the Jordan 4 is one of the more comfortable Retro Jordans out there with its Air Unit equipped midsole. If you still have a few more questions, then hit us up on Twitter and we’ll do our best to help!

Air Jordan 4 Original Sketch

How much does the Air Jordan 4 cost?

As mentioned in the introduction, the Air Jordan 4 had an original price tag of $110, whereas today’s GRs usually cost $200. Thankfully though, pairs like the GS exclusive “Where The Wild Things Are” begin at just $140. However, more exclusive collaborations such as the A Ma Maniere project will set you back $225. You’d rarely have to spend over $225 on a pair at retail, so if you want to cop the latest and greatest colorways, make sure you download the latest version of our Mobile app today!

Where do I buy the Air Jordan 4?

Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, you’d be able to drop into any shoe and sports store and bag yourself a pair of Air Jordan 4s, but these days, it’s a little more difficult. While our Twitter and Mobile app make it easier than ever to cop, you’ll still need to enter raffles via Nike, the SNKRS app, and online and in-store retailers to secure a pair. You’ll rarely see AJ 4s like the “Lightning” and “Taupe Haze” sitting on shelves these days considering just how sought-after they are.

Are there Air Jordan 4 Golf shoes? 

Jordan’s golf division has recently doubled down on its efforts by releasing golf versions of classic Air Jordan Retro colorways. One of the sneakers that has got the golf treatment is the Air Jordan 4 with releases of the Military Blue (G), White Cement (G), and even a Black Cat (G) version. 

Given that many of the Jordan 4 Golf shoes are sought after, many sneakerheads have done sole swaps to get street ready AJ 4’s. While this is possible, we suggest you keep these for the golf green! 

Air Jordan 4 Retro Golf

What’s the hot take?

Sole Retriever has always believed that the Nike Air Jordan 4 is one of the best Jumpman sneakers ever made. Whether you’re an old school sneakerhead or a new school one, you 100% need a pair in your collection. For your best chance to secure your size, make sure you connect with us over on Twitter and get the latest version of our Mobile app today. We’ll keep you updated with the latest news and release info as well as any new raffles that may pop up!

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