Originally released in 1989, the AJ4 saw Hatfield continue with the design language that he brought forth with MJ's previous signature silhouette, but it took things to a whole new level. While details like bold sculpted tooling, visible Air cushioning, and the unmistakable Jumpman remained, the AJ4 added breathable mesh netting on the upper and tongue, as well as 'wings' and moulded additions to the eyestay that allowed for multiple lacing options. Add to that yet another memorable Mars Blackmon–led ad campaign, a scene-stealing appearance in a Spike Lee joint, an All-Star Game debut, and 'The Shot', and you have the perfect recipe for an icon.
So, as a nod to one of the all-timers, we're taking a look back at the best Air Jordan 4s to ever take flight.
Check out 10 of our favourites below, and then stay tuned for the second part of the retrospective.