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 sale racks.
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. The Air Jordan 4 featured many new design concepts, including rubber wings for added ankle support and speckled cement print for flair.
The 1999 return the Air Jordan 4 is known more for its Nike Air branding, but the 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-OG 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.
23. Air Jordan 4 “Cavs”
Landing at number 23, this colorway celebrates MJ’s unforgettable, series-clinching shot over Craig Ehlo and the Cleveland Cavaliers.