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Complex’s 10 Best Air Jordan IVs

February 17, 2012 BY / 57

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Many expert sneakerheads went on record as saying that 2011 was filled with the most heat of any year in history, an assertion bolstered by the Air Jordan III’s 23rd anniversary bringing along with it three of the four original colorways.  Jordan Brand kept the momentum going this year, bringing the Air Jordan IV back in a couple of palettes we haven’t seen since the heels read ‘NIKE AIR’.  And as we approach the ‘White Cement’ Air Jordan 4 Retro release date tomorrow, Complex’s ‘desert island’ division has come up with a list of Fours nobody should do without under any circumstances.  The top five are all OGs with the exception of what might be the most notorious Air Jordan Retro+ of all time, but what about the rest of the list?  Populated with newer palettes, a top 10 including four originals means quite a few were forced out of contention; would you have added something like the groundbreaking ‘Laser’ AJIV or maybe the ‘Columbias’ that first gave us the Jumpman-insigned heel badge?  Oreos or Cool Greys maybe? As with any “best of” list, it’s pretty subjective to personal tastes, so let us know what you think of Complex’s 10 selections and which omissions you would have liked to see crack the list.

Air Jordan IV ‘Eminem Encore’

Air Jordan IV ‘Black Cat’

Air Jordan IV ‘Thunder’

Air Jordan IV ‘Lightning’

Air Jordan IV ‘Motorsports’

Air Jordan IV ‘Military Blue’

Air Jordan IV ‘Fire Red’

Air Jordan IV ‘White/Cement’

Air Jordan IV ‘UNDFTD’

Air Jordan IV ‘Bred’

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57 comments
Ramuno
Ramuno

:There are actually ablseutoly quite a lot of details just like that to take into consideration. Thatb4s a amazing point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly you can find questions like the one you bring up where the most fundamental factor will certainly be working in honest fine faith. I donb4t know if finest practices have emerged around things just like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game.

Rima
Rima

:*There are certainly a lot of dtalies like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a moment's pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

sneaksup
sneaksup

White lasers not on the list? Wow complex is stupid

hayuardo
hayuardo

i hate complex magazine man. who cares sole is so much more accurate.. what about the oreo. tours?

Anton
Anton

No Black Laser IV's? Really? Really? REALLY?

@Koach_CartER
@Koach_CartER

drop the black cats and throw the mist blue 4s those were dope

$teved23
$teved23

Oreo's shoulda made the list. The Encore's are sick, too bad it was Em's worst album.

SnS
SnS

i agree '99 Oreos should've been on here instead of black cats.

ravg
ravg

Them motosports...would kill a bitch for em.

Big Infinite
Big Infinite

Proud to say i got every pair on here.... jordan 4s my favorite

Diggler
Diggler

Black Laser IVs > Black Ops > Black Cat IVs

smLy
smLy

10 black cat 9 cool grey 8 motorsport 7 thunder 6 tour yellow 5 undftd 4 oreo 3 eminem 2 white CEMENT 1 OG fire red i bet you hate my list..

donadamsky
donadamsky

i take it u dont like the breds?

Freakazoid
Freakazoid

Undefeated 4'a should be number 1 over these all in my opinion. I would swoop in like an ice cream bandit for those.

Officer Ro$$
Officer Ro$$

I got that white cement retro four for a sneaker cake. Too bad nobody but me got some. It's just ima fat slob

Sincere
Sincere

Fixed...Needless to say that this is my yea!

JeRz
JeRz

At where are the rest of he Jordan's at? Retro 1,2,3,5-13??!?!? C'mon son l!!!

123
123

I'm getting those 2012 Breds in two months boy ima sale for 500$ easy money get like me son

IV;s
IV;s

Where the DBs at?

Scottie Pippen
Scottie Pippen

where they are supposed to be, in the past and in the trash!!!

IgotthatFIRE
IgotthatFIRE

scottie pippen the name fits a f@g that had corny ass kicks

IgotthatFIRE
IgotthatFIRE

I was thinking the same thing! Blackcats look like dogsh#t Raise up them Dorenbecher 4s

Jays
Jays

complex did it again... no lasers? c'mon now

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan

It's my birthday peeps so pay up so I can get my pay check

Scottie Pippen
Scottie Pippen

happy birthday michael jordan i love you home boy. We had a good six years together with those championships "I WON". you are overrated and i hate that people think youre better than me, when I was doing ALL the work for you. but anyway happy bday bro!

Mr. Atx
Mr. Atx

That you won? Remember your 94/95 season without him.

Qqqq
Qqqq

Who cares you are overrated so much. You couldn't even create your own shot. Scottie had to do all the work

marvin
marvin

good weabsite and i will cop a pair of these

Soulja Boy
Soulja Boy

I got the whole collection! Been had em, ocean gang stay fresh always!

Jimbo Slice
Jimbo Slice

No bitch you been having those fake black/green/yellow ones.

TCL
TCL

Man if only I could get my feet in those Breds there would be nothing I wouldn't do to get em

Dribblezthagod
Dribblezthagod

I'm back people!!!! I got them white cement 4's for sale early release only 200$

Rick "rosay" Ross
Rick "rosay" Ross

Worst Jordan's retro are the retro 4's these just look awful

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan

Shut yo ass up fat boi you still buy them and make me a paycheck.

Wale
Wale

u said it best boss. 4's always sucked. Im into the 5's tho

Kayla
Kayla

the black cats should not be up there

brett
brett

gotta get them all!

javier_tx_teacher
javier_tx_teacher

those Eminems n motorsports r on my wish list i WISH

javier_tx_teacher
javier_tx_teacher

what i meant to say was that I wish I could afford any of these shoes. Unfortunatly i just dont make no bread. sorry sneakernews

@LuneyToonLand
@LuneyToonLand

All of these are pretty dope. I woulda lik to have seen da black cat & thunder colorway this year. I would buy those 4 sure.

brennanizm
brennanizm

I'm still on suicide watch from years ago when I missed out on the Thunder & Lightning pack...I still need the Thunder IV

JManSam
JManSam

I agree. Also think the mist blues deserve a spot on the list



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