Air Jordan IV ‘Raptors’

The fourth issue of Michael Jordan’s legendary signature series was originally released in February 1989 and was the franchises first global release. A premium performance shoe, the Jordan IV transcended basketball, winning admiration globally for its groundbreaking design, alongside supreme comfort on and off the court. An interesting side note, the Jordan IV featured heavily in Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right Thing’ on the feet of character Buggin Out.

Sharing similar characteristics to the previous year’s AJIII, the Jordan IV featured visible Air in the sole unit as well as a sculpted midsole. New additions would include never-seen-before plastic coated mesh on the sides of the upper, designed to shed weight & increase breathability, alongside distinctive ‘winged’ side straps, which added support and allowed you to adjust the positioning of the laces. To help the brands global marketing spin, Tinker Hatfield decided to include the now famous ‘Flight’ logo on the tongue of the AJIV, to give the impression you could fly in a pair of Air Jordan’s.

Familiar to the Jumpman aficionado’s, the Raptor colourway was originally featured previously on the Jordan VII model of the same name, one of the first five colourways released back in 1992. Constructed from premium materials, the 2018 iteration features a premium debossed Jumpan on the tongue, a black nubuck and breathable mesh upper, accented by flashes of purple on the midsole and red side straps on the sidewall.

The Air Jordan IV ‘Raptors’ will be available via the size? previews app and in selected size? stores on Saturday 18th August, priced at £170.

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