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A Look Back at Air Jordan 4 Grails Ahead of the “Infrared” Drop

The Air Jordan 4 “Infrared” is almost here. Over the years, numerous iterations of the silhouette have remixed the mesh lining and plastic molding, refreshing the lineup and driving excitement for each colorway. Ahead of the “Infrared” release, HYPEBEAST visits a selection of striking AJ4 colorways that have cemented Michael Jordan’s signature line as one of the most experimental, boundary-pushing franchises around. Take a closer look at each style on GOAT and stay tuned for the “Infrared” drop on June 15.

Air Jordan 4 Retro “Infrared”

GOAT Air Jordan 4 Retro Models Recap
Release Date: June 15, 2022
Lowest Price: $363 USD available at GOAT

Launching June 15, “Infrared” has already drawn comparisons to the paneled color-blocking of 2013’s “Green Glow.” With the exception of fiery red hardware, the silhouette dons a similar smooth charcoal nubuck upper, with black detailing on the support wings, heels, laces, midsole and mesh netting. Red hits accent the oversize tongue and molded eyelets. Visible Air cushioning arrives underfoot.

Union LA x Air Jordan 4 Retro “Guava Ice"

GOAT Air Jordan 4 Retro Models Recap
Release Date: June 15, 2020
Lowest Price: $720 USD available at GOAT

The tropical “Guava Ice” is one of the most vibrant colorways within the Jumpman arsenal. Pops of creamsicle yellow, pink and blue highlight the structural and colorblocked mesh lining. The collaborative model features a subdued pink suede upper to offset its color story. Periwinkle and fuchsia accents at the counter lining and textured heel tab lend an additional dose of brightness with oversized Nike branding on the heel. Two years since its release, “Guava Ice” continues to influence summer-inspired palettes dominated by soft pastels.

Air Jordan 4 Retro OG “Fire Red”

GOAT Air Jordan 4 Retro Models Recap
Release Date: November 27, 2020
Lowest Price: $314 USD available at GOAT

“Fire Red” pairs a blinding white nubuck upper against vermilion webbed eyelets and black wings. The colorblocked outsole accentuates the many components of the silhouette and its intricate paneling, while the ribbed heel tab displays an oversize Nike Swoosh and “AIR” lettering. A reissue of a classic colorway first released in 1989, the 2020 edition of “Fire Red” introduces an iconic color story to a new generation of basketball and sneaker fans.

Off-White x Wmns Air Jordan 4 SP “Sail”

GOAT Air Jordan 4 Retro Models Recap
Release Date: July 25, 2020
Lowest Price: $1,359 USD available at GOAT

“Sail” showcases a creamy off-white monochrome theme with tonal variations. One of the more restrained Jumpman offerings, the line’s signature stenciling and topstitching are more pronounced against the minimalist leather build, a refined and distinguished departure from its colorblocked predecessors. The late Virgil Abloh added a custom maker’s mark inside the netting, denoting mutual branding and the model’s manufacturing location. A semi-translucent bubbled heel tab hugs the counter lining. Small embellishments like the Air Jordan patch cloth retain the overall clean, soft-washed execution.

Air Jordan 4 Retro “Black Cat”

GOAT Air Jordan 4 Retro Models Recap
Release Date: January 22, 2020
Lowest Price: $750 USD available at GOAT

“Black Cat” honors its 2006 predecessor and retains the original blacked-out paneling and hardware. Inspired by one of MJ’s many nicknames, the revamped 2020 silhouette introduces metal-gray eyelets and Jumpman branding to contrast the all-black webbing, matte-finished nubuck and rubber constructions at the outsole. Today, the all-black colorway is considered among the silhouette’s most versatile.

Air Jordan 4 Retro “Cool Grey”

GOAT Air Jordan 4 Retro Models Recap
Release Date: August 1, 2019
Lowest Price: $300 USD available at GOAT

The 2019 release of “Cool Grey” dons a monochromatic gray unit—from the wings to the laces — offset by jet black hardware in a glossy finish. Aside from the black and white structuring on the sole unit, the colorway strictly adheres to the tone-on-tone smokey charcoal theme. A metallic Jumpman at the heel tab provides a note of contrast, as does the punchy yellow cloth patch sewn to the tongue.

Air Jordan 4 Retro OG “Bred”

GOAT Air Jordan 4 Retro Models Recap
Release Date: May 4, 2019
Lowest Price: $376 USD available at GOAT

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Air Jordan 4, the 2019 version of “Bred” is clad in stealthy black nubuck with matching lace locks. The monochromatic model features light gray wings and an over-molded mesh lining that extends up to the tongue. A custom “FLIGHT” patch and Jumpman branding harness the cultural impact of the silhouette and its ever-evolving legacy in the streetwear space. Bright red accents punctuate the exposed Air unit and gray molding at the outsole and toe box.

Air Jordan 4 Retro OG “White Cement”

GOAT Air Jordan 4 Retro Models Recap
Release Date: February 13, 2016
Lowest Price: $435 USD available at GOAT

Defined by an icy white nubuck upper, “White Cement" features textural ink blotches speckled across the lace locks, toe box and outer heel. The theme continues through to the all-white webbing on the medial panel, while a red Jumpman logo decorates the tongue and black Nike Air lettering arrives on the heel.

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