On May 7, 1989, Michael Jordan delivered one of the most famous game-clinching shots of his storied career. With time about to expire and the Bulls trailing by one on the road in the deciding Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round, MJ took the inbounds pass, rose up over the Cavaliers’ Craig Ehlo, and buried the do-or-die jumper with his team’s season on the line. “The Shot” is still considered one of His Airness’ greatest moments in a nearly flawless career. The shoes on his feet at the time? The Air Jordan IV.
Designed by Tinker Hatfield as a performance-based upgrade of the Air Jordan III, the IV has stood the test of time and remained one of the most popular models in the entire Air Jordan line. Since its initial launch in 1989 and first retro in 1999, the IV has been released in numerous colorways and extremely limited editions. It’s been featured in memorable movie scenes of both the fictional and nonfictional variety, and has even been used to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.
No matter what kind of sneakerhead you are, the Air Jordan IVs are an essential part of your collection. They offer a great combination of style and comfort, and can still be regularly seen today in the world of both style and basketball. (The “Oreo” retro from February of 2015 was one of the best releases of the entire year.)
Despite its sneaker fame, the silhouette has been overlooked at times by its predecessor. With the latest release of the Air Jordan IV retro “Alternate ’89” coming this Saturday at Champs Sports, now is the perfect time to take a look at 10 Things You Don’t Know About the Air Jordan 4.
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