Nike looked to capitalize on the popularity of the AJ3 with another Tinker Hatfield designed silhouette in the Air Jordan 4. The fourth model in the line took many inspirations from the third, including the visible Air unit as well as the star pattern on the front toe part of the outsole. The eye-catching differences between the 3 and the 4 include the triangular wings near the midfoot that combined with the nine-hole lace locks to help provide a tailored fit. The AJ4 also notably features mesh on the sides and tongue area for breathability, with an extra layer of plastic-covered netting to give off a premium look, according to Tinker.
The Air Jordan 4 debuted in 1989 and had off-court love while being included in the Spike Lee film, Do The Right Thing – with character Buggin’ Out reacting by his namesake when someone scruffs up his brand new Air Jordan 4s:
The AJ4 was even more relevant on the court, with the new “Flight” font below the Jumpman logo applying to one of Michael’s greatest moments. Michael Jordan hung in the air for what must have felt like an eternity for opposing Cavaliers defender Craig Ehlo in the series-clinching jumper that is now known as “The Shot.”