After saving the Jordan line in 1988 with the Air Jordan III, Tinker Hatfield’s Air Jordan IV permanently positioned the Air Jordan as THE sneaker line of all time. With a little help from Spike Lee/Mars Blackmon and Do the Right Thing, the Air Jordan IV built on the ground work laid out by the III and cemented the Air Jordan legacy for decades to come. With the Air Jordan IV, Tinker introduced several new innovations that would be seen in later models including the mesh netting, the script Flight logo, and for the first time ever, the Air Jordan line received a taste of Nubuck. Though many would complain that the plastic heel tab cut up their ankle, the heel tab and the “wings” made the Air Jordan IV, so much so that when the plastic was replaced in subsequent retros, a huge uproar took place until a couple of years back when the “Mars” IVs and the “Military” IVs brought a rubber heel tab and wings with them.
As part of the upcoming Air Jordan 4/19 Countdown pack, Jordan Brand is set to bring back, for the second time, the beloved “Black/Cement” Air Jordan IV. Faithful to the OG with regards to color blocking and material usage, the “Black Cement” Air Jordan Retro IV from the CDP does feature several alterations from the OG including the rubber heel tab and wings, vertical netting, and a shape akin to the more recent retros. The overall feeling though, remains intact.
The “Black/Cement” Air Jordan Retro IV is set to release this Saturday, July 19th, as part of the Air Jordan 4/19 Countdown Pack.
07/19/2008 Jordan Collezione 4/19
332567-991 Air Jordan Retro 19 Black/Chrome-Varsity Red & Air Jordan 4 Black/Cement Grey-Fire Red
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