The Air Jordan IV was the second Air Jordan designed by Tinker Hatfield and, like the III, went on to become one of the most beloved. Hatfield used mesh and nubuck and designed innovative straps for the IV to offer Jordan greater ankle support. Jordan wore IVs when he made “the Shot,” his at-the-buzzer series-winning basket in Game 5 of the 1989 Eastern Conference First Round between the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The sneaker was featured in TV ads with actor and director Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It character Mars Blackmon as well as in Lee’s 1989 film Do the Right Thing.
Nike / Air Jordan IV, 1989 / Kosow Sneaker Museum (Electric Purple Chameleon, LLC) / Photo: Kathy Tarantola