The Air Jordan IV was not the first sneaker to be released as a retro. The first re-release run didn’t start until 1999, a full five years after Nike initially went with the idea. But since then, this classic silhouette has come back out so many times, in so many different colorways, that a few of them were bound to fall through the cracks. When you have that many great, great shoes, many of them will inevitably become underrated.
I currently own seven pairs of the Air Jordan IV. I have a pretty solid sneaker collection — over 100 pairs — even if it’s not as crazy as some sneakerhead collections out there. Still, I’m pretty sure that’s the most I own of any single Air Jordan…probably any single shoe silhouette ever. Why? Well, some of it is just luck. The year 2006 was littered with IV releases and at the time I was just starting college. I had money. No bills. No one to support. No loans. No real problems, so I bought basically anything I could get my hands on.
The sneaker is versatile and lends itself well to a number of different colors. It’s a lot like the Air Jordan III in that regard, which makes sense. The IV built in slight improvements to its predecessor but kept many of the same design components, like the same mid-cut, the same sculpted midsole, as well as the visible Air Unit and padded tongue and collar.
With one of the original retroes from 1999 coming back this Saturday at Champs Sports, a remastered edition of the “Tech Grey” colorway, now is as good a time as ever to see where it ranks among the top colorways ever put on this shoe. Today, we’re Ranking the Greatest Air Jordan 4 Colorways Ever Released.
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