This Air Jordan 4 Woven Sample Could’ve Been a Luxe ‘Black Cat’
The Air Jordan 4 had something of an experimental era back in the 2010s. It was remixed with a variety of materials and thematic concepts, including the ‘Pinnacle’ editions and pairs remade in Flyknit uppers. This pair pictured above, a scrapped sample from 2016, is a further testament to the out-there concepts that the AJ4 was subjected to.
As shown via English Sole, these luxurious-looking Jordans are a textural treat, showing off an intricate basket weave. This is rendered monochromatically, making for an upscale version of the ‘Black Cat’ retro. The ‘Triple Black’ execution continues with the murdered-out leather tongue, lace ‘wings’, lining and heel tab. It’s all leather everywhere, except for the waxed laces that are only appropriate for a sneaker of this calibre. This all sits atop the classic Air Jordan 4 sole – being a retro edition and obviously not an OG colourway, Jumpman branding is featured on the tread and heel tab instead of the Nike Air variety.
It’s believed that there are fewer than 20 examples of this AJ4 sample, which never made it to mass production – probably because they would’ve been too expensive at retail. Have a gander at the shots above and pray for an extremely unlikely release.