There have been so many unique and standout Jordan 4s released as of late that putting together a list of the best Jordan 4 colorways isn't as straightforward as it sounds.
In terms of its history, the Jordan 4 was originally one of the most expensive and best basketball shoes around in 1989, but quickly became a huge fan favourite due to Michael Jordan achieving his overall best statistical season that year wearing the 4s on his feet.
For our list though, we've focused on some of the more recently released and readily available Jordan 4s around right now, and have based our selection on their designs as well as any historical meaning or influence behind them.
Let's get into it...
Best Jordan 4 colorways
- Air Jordan 4 "Midnight Navy"
- Air Jordan 4 "Infrared"
- Air Jordan 4 "Military Black"
- Air Jordan 4 "Blank Canvas"
- Air Jordan 4 "Zen Master"
Air Jordan 4 "Midnight Navy"
Like the OGs, the colorway combines white leather with blue accents. However, the shoes also take design cues from the "White Cement" 4s by featuring the iconic grey and black speckled paneling along the sides.
Moreover, you get the signature exposed air bubbles in the midsoles to contrast the relatively simplistic design, whilst also providing an extra layer of comfort between your feet and the ground.
Ultimately, we feel these 4s are a great example of what can be done with the excellent Jordan 4 silhouette, hence why we feel they're some of the best Air Jordans around.
Air Jordan 4 "Infrared"
If it's retro you're looking for though, then these "Infrared" 4s could be the sneakers for you.
The color scheme definitely has a vintage look to it, combining two different shades of grey with red and black accents atop the bright white midsoles.
To contrast the old-school theme, Nike constructs the uppers out of Durabuck leather to give something of a suede-like feel to the design.
On the whole, we're a fan of how the neutral tones are contrasted by bright red lace hooks and logos, which we feel helps make these Jordans stand out from the crowd.
Air Jordan 4 "Military Black"
The "Military Black" 4s look to be an excellent addition to any sneaker collection thanks to their neutral color scheme that should work with almost any outfit.
Again, Nike has drawn inspiration from the "Military Blue" 4s by using the same color blocking to construct these sneakers.
However, the key difference with these shoes is that black comes in to replace the previous blue, while light grey Durabuck panels wrap the toe boxes and netted TPU inserts.
The result is a fairly monochromatic design which we believe makes these 4s ideal for everyday wear.
Air Jordan 4 "Blank Canvas"
Nike took the design of the "Blank Canvas" 4s back to basics by creating a pair of shoes dressed almost entirely in sail-colored canvas, hence their title.
While it may seem like Nike has oversimplified things a little too far, the result is actually more impressive than you might think.
The sneakers give off an almost unfinished look that's perfectly poised for customization if you're looking to create your own completely unique design.
That said, the "Blank Canvas" 4s aren't void of color as hits of red and blue can be found across the outsoles that run up towards the top of the midsoles. Overall though, the mostly blank aesthetic is what we like most about these particular Air Jordan sneakers.
Air Jordan 4 "Zen Master"
What makes a sneaker look good is subjective; however, we feel Nike's bold approach to the "Zen Master" 4's design has paid off massively.
The uppers feature an Amethyst Wave print across almost every panel as a nod to Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson's nickname at the time of the Jordan 4 release.
The calming color palette is then added to by the inclusion of black mesh, midsoles, and laces like the "Zen Master" 1s from our list of the best Jordan 1 Mids. You also get the usual red and black Jumpman tab on the tongues.
These 4s may not be to everyone's taste, but we still feel they're some of the best-looking Jordans around right now.
Frequently asked questions about Air Jordan 4s
With so many different styles of Jordan 4s available, you may have a number of questions about them. Don't worry though, because we're here to clear up a few of the most common queries.
Are the Jordan 4s better than the 1s?
If you're looking for a pair of Jordans on a budget, the Jordan 4 would probably be advantageous because it's, typically speaking, slightly cheaper than the Jordan 1, as mentioned in our comparison of the two.
However, which out of the two is the best will ultimately come down to personal preference.
Both feature classic silhouettes, although the Jordan 1 does edge the 4 in terms of history; however, if you're after a pair of Jordans to play in, then the slightly improved technology included with the 4 should mean they're better to use on the court.
Do Jordan 4s run big?
Generally speaking, Jordans should fit true to size for everyday use and to wear on the court no matter what model you choose.
With that being said, you may find going a size up to be beneficial for playing in if you've got slightly wider feet as this should ensure your feet remain comfortable and supported, without feeling too restrictive.
If you're still unsure, then Nike often has a handy size guide to help you determine which is the right size to go with.
Are Jordan 4s comfortable?
We've previously discussed whether Jordan's are comfortable in general, but we didn't go into too much detail about the Jordan 4.
To start with, it's worth mentioning all Jordan 4s include Nike's Air technology in the midsole which should provide you with a strong starting point for comfort.
However, one of the most important aspects of making sure your Jordan 4s are comfortable is to make sure you get the right fit which we've covered briefly above.
We'd recommend leaving about a finger's width of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe as this will make sure your sneakers are bending in the correct place as it should align to the natural bend of your foot.
How do you lace Jordan 4s?
One of the most commonly used methods of lacing Jordan 4s is one we've actually covered before in our guide to lacing Jordan 1s.
To begin, feed the two ends of your shoelace underneath each of the first eyelets.
Then, begin to weave the laces from inside to out, making sure the aglets go over the top of the sneakers each time whilst crossing them in the center.
Make sure you keep the laces flat as you go, and tighten them along the way to remove any excess slack.
Once you reach the top, leave enough shoelace left to tie the two ends together and you should be good to go.
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