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Air Jordan IV White/Cement – 1999 vs. 2012 Comparison

November 14, 2011 BY / 94

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Whenever an original colorway of the Air Jordan re-issues, the comparisons are bound to happen. Thanks to YungDrSeuss, we have a nice side-by-side of the Air Jordan IV White/Cement – 1999 Retro vs. the upcoming 2012 edition. The tone of grey is obviously different (Tech Grey being a much darker shade) and of course, how do you not notice the difference in the branding on the heel? That just goes to show how long it’s actually been since the Air Jordan IV White/Cement last graced the planet, and this February 18th, 2012, the newer generation will have the opportunity to enjoy one of the greatest OG Air Jordans of all time. Check out the full video as well as the highlights of the comparison below and let us know what you think.

Air Jordan IV
White/Black-Tech Grey
308497-103
02/18/12
$160

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QueensKid
QueensKid

Had the 89's and the 99's and i have to say that the 89's were darker than the 99's. i still like the 99's allot more. the differences are not so bad though ithat i would avoid buying these several times over. it is better than not having them at all. i may even add bigger black spots on them to make them similar to the speckle(sp?) on the 99's. aside from even doing htat-Legit shoe. wear it till it falls apart!!

bigguy301
bigguy301

damn this post reminds me how the 4s r one pair of js that actually need tha nike air on the back.....still them joints cray.....

Mr. B
Mr. B

I had the originals (not the 99 retros) and these really sadden me. These are such a let down to me personally. I am glad that a new generation gets to experience the style, but for those that don't understand why some of us are mad it is because we feel taken for granted. We made Jordan rich and the only thing he has done is lessen the quality of the shoes and charge more for them. It's insulting! I personally have just accepted you can't go back and now refuse to buy any more Nike products!

Jae Jelks
Jae Jelks

I will own 2pairs...........

rebelmindz
rebelmindz

does the nike air on the back really matter uhhhhhh yep!

erik
erik

Here's a simple souloution: STOP BUYING THESE RETROS AND MAYBE THEY'D MAKE WHAT WE WANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jerry24
jerry24

Can't believe anyone would support this crap Jordans putting out. They're not even the right color! They look like shit. But you guys keep coppin' so they'll keep puttin out crap! JB sucks!!!

@MaxDrowed
@MaxDrowed

Still copping. I could have gone witout the comparison tho

hozezae
hozezae

People hate to see a new retro outdue an old one. Even in his video he didnt mention that the speckles varies on each shoe. Some are big some are small some come with alot or less, he didnt say nobe of that. Thats what I mean people favor older retros like there OG's. C'mon man you kno by now that speckles come in different shapes and sizes and counts like they always did, no 99 retro speckles are exactly like yours. Even the bordeaux 7 's have different tongues on them none are the same even the metallic 5 speckles are different get it together

Tony Johnson
Tony Johnson

These are not the OGs. I remember when i had the 1989 OG pair , got them for 110 . Now we're spening 160 + tax for lesser quaility. But we all know we still going to buy the new retros. But this has been one of the best retros i've seen so far. Hopefully all the 4s that come out in 2012.

Josh
Josh

What the hell happened to leather in the past 10 years? Step it up JB. If this is how the leather on the 10s looks I am going to save a lot of cash next year.

T3aBaG
T3aBaG

Fuck these 4's, they look cheap as fuck....bring on them 12 Playoffs.

jdub55
jdub55

well and truly moved on from this JB trash. one disappointing retro after another. concords are the only retro threatening to get my cash, even that's not a lock. damn shame

OG J
OG J

I'ma call any Retro's from 2011 upwards....THE RECESSION PACK! PERIOD!!!

Clarence
Clarence

yall can keep bitching and complaining while I go wait in line at footlocker like a happy camper and cop me a pair like the fan that I am.

@DonnieGenaro
@DonnieGenaro

I had the '99 in high school... and i will cop these... though i am disapointed in the grey but i'll i get over it... i won't cop two because of the grey...

junior-sole less
junior-sole less

Quality Is Seen Mad Heavy The Mesh On 99s Are Thicker And Sticking Is Thicker Only Quality On The 2012s Is The Word Flight Is SPelld Better And The Logo Stiching Is A Little Better But Beside That I Know The 99s Quality Is Built Better Had Fun With My Pair

junior-sole less
junior-sole less

Its Sad To Say But The Retro Colors We All Grew Up With Has Now Gone Downhill Like Stated Above These Arent Cements They Arer Tech-Grey 4s FOr The Simple Fact Cements Come WIth That Faded Grey New Or Not These Are Just A Pair Of Upgraded 4s With A New Color Scheme As Seen WIth The 6s In Bulls Red Insted Of Infer i Know We Will Be Coppin Regaurdless Of Color Lets Just Hope Every Other Release Next Year Will Be Close To The Retros Cuse We Know OG Colors Arent coming Back The Same Way

collector
collector

fakes win real lose all day....big up to to all fake sellers overseas,, nike hire cheap labor overseas to cheap retros...never again never wiil be dam

Anthony Savoy
Anthony Savoy

Hope they are better than the shitty mars i got. one wear and that cheap ass leather creased the fuck up

DATKIDFELIX
DATKIDFELIX

No need to complain like JB is going to magically change something overnight. Might as well get a pair or two because them 99's are crumble city.

Rick "rosay" Ross
Rick "rosay" Ross

Please daddy, please daddy give me these! I love the interior of these shoes. MJ was a bitch but these were the only good things about him. plus i can get some for my kids!!!!! BOOMSHAKALAKALAKALAKA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!--------> keep it muther f*cking 100<--------- all the fuck ways! P.S - I will go on my knees for these babies

Skillz...
Skillz...

who gives a fuck bout the 99's retro 4's get over it ppl some yal neva had a pair so shut the fuck they look the fuckin same jus different color...jus be fuckin happy its out again and then yal can talk 12 years later...Be i know for such im cop one of these bitches NO DOUBT BOUT THAT

pdinero
pdinero

Im feeling the new grey the darker makes the shoe details look better

Spacejammer23
Spacejammer23

Different shading. Suprised nobody's complained about that. Oh well it's close enough. Long as they get retroed! :D I call these the "Buggin Outs" (If you've watched 'Do The Right Thing' you know what Im talking about)

King_Of_Sole
King_Of_Sole

Get the hell outta here u fake ass purists...the darker shade of grey looks way better than the OG's, all respect due to those who actually HAVE a pair of originals simply for the "Nike" logos on em but I'm definitely feelin the new joints.. CAN'T WAIT TIL FEBUARY!!

OG J
OG J

The 2012 4's looks like knockoff's!

Zay
Zay

They Look Like shit compared to the 99 its a freaking shame like JB needs to me slapped ill cop 2012s but im sure looking for a 99 pair

da_man
da_man

ahhhh yeahhhh....the fat lady is singing!!

Spontane
Spontane

The OG's are way better, but I'll still be getting the 2012's when they drop...

dertyderty
dertyderty

ummmm is it rocket science that the colors will always fade? if you come back to check the 2012 release in 2025, the grey on the 2012 would likely to fade a few shades too...

Omar
Omar

Besides the logo on the heel....how about the price as well?! First let me say that I actually like the jumpman instead. It sets apart who's had the older joints and how they kept them up. For everyone saying the grey dont match or jb messed, this "tech grey" is actually closer to the og's so no complaints from me. The 99s were way lighter than the og's so I'm happy they darken up the grey

dertyderty
dertyderty

ummmm is it rocket science that the colors will always fade? if you come back to check the 2012 release in 2025, the grey on the 2012 would likely to fade a few shades too... other than the colors, the difference in quality also shows that "made in taiwan" > "made in china"

Malone
Malone

dude no one is hating a new retro outdoing an older release because it has never happened (except the 2011 metallic v's probably) nor are we pissed about the speckle pattern although the 2012s look very very very patterned unlike the 99's which are completely random......... wtf are you talking about?

jahbeez
jahbeez

This isn't leather. It never was for the white/cement IVs. Synthetics have always been used for the uppers of this colorway.

benny siegel
benny siegel

Lmao, I can tell you definitely never had a pair of 99s. Also I don't need to be happy about them releasing, they're just shoes, and very shitty remakes to add.

djteereckz
djteereckz

one of the best parts of the flick when Buggin Out was "buggin out" on the cat wearing the Larry Bird Jersey...."he paid a $100, a $100 american dollars, a $108 w/ tax"---> from Martin Lawrence and the rest of the peanut gallery

yoooo
yoooo

dude i bitched about it when the OG pics dropped and i got like 20 thumbs down lol

Khan23
Khan23

I agree, the darker "tech grey" is better and more like the OG's and NOT the 99's. You could also compare this situation with people bitching over the blue tinted icey soles on the 2011 concord XI's because the OG''s on those also had a blue-ish tinted sole too.

David
David

i agree with you man. people act like they're gonna play basketball in these. ohhh wow is me the quality is different!! your wearing them to walk around and look good for a few hours then back in the box they go.

t-rock
t-rock

" It sets apart who's had the older joints and how they kept them up." How would the "older joints" be set apart when you can't even wear them on the street? Gentry been blowing smoke up your ass or what? p.s. I got a pair of 1999s that are cracked now.

Nigel Hill
Nigel Hill

No, that pale grey was the color of the OG in 89 and the color of the retros in 99. And the retros sitting in my closet worn once are still the same grey there were in 99. These 2012 retros are just flat out different. -Air Elijah

Martin
Martin

not when it has a glossy thin layer of protection over it. and the 99s were always that color hence why they are called cement's and the 2012 are tech grey. nice try but fail

hozezae
hozezae

People r hating u must have not read the comments. And it has happen where retros shadowed over others. Remember quality is based on performance my guy. Everybody looks at a shoe and say these garbage og's rule but in this case the 99's do. The 99's r like all the others they crack and fold up just as bad as the new ones. Great quality won't be like that son and u can't judge the 2012's with out wearing them for awhile.

criket
criket

Kind of a bummer, when even wearing them for casual use hurts my feet.



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