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Air Jordan IV “Bred” 1999 Retro – Dissolved

August 21, 2012 BY / 43

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Warning: Sneaker Gore

Clearly, the only thing immortal about an Air Jordan is its spirit. This gorgeous Retro release of the Air Jordan IV ‘Black/Cement’ from 1999 (considered by many to be the greatest Retro release of all-time) couldn’t withstand the test of time as the earthly elements have zeroed in on the midsole, reducing the once solid piece of Foam into grated parmesan crumbles. Not to say that all ’99 Air Jordans have a shelf-life of thirteen years, but this particular pair ate the dust hard. In fact, the owner was able the excavate the entire midsole, leaving the shoe upper sitting above the rubber outsole with empty space in between (literally, Air). Well, replacements are soon to follow because this Black Friday, Jordan Brand will let you retire your ’99 problems with a crisp new pair of 2012 Retros. Anyone else have ’99 Air Jordan IVs that are still rockable today? Check out the images of this dissolved Air Jordan IV below and let us know if you plan on copping the Bred IVs this Black Friday.

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KingovNikes
KingovNikes

I have the "ORIGINAL" Air Jordan IV from 1989!  You should see how mine have Dissolved, just like the picts above! Nothing left to do but send them back to the Jordan Brand to see if they will compensate me for my lost of OG HISTORY!

XtianMiranda
XtianMiranda

did he store this in the microwave oven?

MartinD44
MartinD44

This is very concerning. Sneaker news do a piece on sneaker collector care. Do's and don'ts. Find out what this guy did wrong, and find some cat with near perfect '99 retro 4 breds and show us how he stores them. Based on the pics, the one dude might be right. This collector could be from a country or city with a high amount of humidity and that could have caused the break-down. Or, since he's in the part of the world where fakes are created, they could even be fakes no?? I have no way to verify either way, but that better not happen to any of mine

Reikoku
Reikoku

This is humidity damage. This dude lives in either Malaysia or Singapore which is 70-90% humidity on any given day. Whatever foam they used on older Nikes (pre-2002ish), it soaks up moisture over a long period of time. If they soak up enough the foam just crumbles away. My entire collection of Air Max BWs died this way. Even had a pair of ACG hiking shoes do this too.

 

Best way to stop it happening is to use silica gel packs in the boxes and dehumidifiers (the disposable ones you can buy in like packs of 4 from a supermarket) in the place where you store the boxes. Wearing them or just taking them out of the box and letting them sit under the AC for a while helps too. Even if you do all of this the paint on the midsole can still crack, but at least they're still wearable.

 

BlackAndBent
BlackAndBent

If you hold em that long, you gotta wear them once and THEN store them, it tightens them up for long shelf life. And MORE retros? Personally haven't bought any Jordans for a few years now, no nike air, cheaper quality, higher price, nah... ive moved on.

SirRocco
SirRocco

luckily the breds are coming this november so he can do a sole swap

JosephMoreira
JosephMoreira

so thats what happens when they age or was there an accident? this makes me think something like it would happen to my sneakers

Dezfriednutz
Dezfriednutz

Wear your shoes. Lesson learned. As much as I like 99 iv I wouldn't even buy em. Unless I own em since the time they dropped. (which I passed on for last shots the OG joints when I was a freshman is high school)

NiMe89
NiMe89

You might as ruin them by wearing them, this is a waste

Gorila740
Gorila740

I have a buddy who's mocha 3's did the samething. They were DS and they just turned to cottage cheese like these did.

aintnojoke1
aintnojoke1

I'd like to see an article or permenant link on the homepage about the best and/or worst things you can do to preserve the life of your sneakers.  I know there are a lot of collectors on here and they have a lot of proven do's and don'ts.  How about it Sneakernews?

aintnojoke1
aintnojoke1

I'd like to see an article about the best and/or worst things you can do to preserve a shoes life.  There are tons of collectors out there and there have to be some well proven do's and don'ts.  How about it Sneakernews?

deansteven
deansteven

I wore mine. The upper look like a 9 but the sole is cracked and falling part to. I think the material choise was wrong. I got some Spacejams from 2000 and the look like new and still are in grest shape. And I live in Germany so it can´t be the weather.

NickBar
NickBar

how is this possible? i have shoes that lasted over 10 years.....

the only shoe that had its sole destroyed is a pair of air 180 and thats only a small crack after 7 years or something

boodle81
boodle81

We have the technology to rebuild them! Nah soleswap em and rock them bitches!

jrlemons3
jrlemons3

That is the number one reason as to why you wear your shoes.  Why leave in a box and have them end up like this.

Rashard79
Rashard79

I still have mine in great condition @Rashard79 on instagram you can see the pics..its all about how you store them..mine are wearable still

JR_LYON
JR_LYON

That right there is why you wear your shoes. They just aren't meant to withstand the test of time

DreamChaser
DreamChaser

damn looks like a drugdealers pair of shoes

donadamsky
donadamsky

if i look any longer i may shed a tear #RIP

asshoe
asshoe

this is a nightmare now i need to re-think on how many years should i keep my shoes then boom release before it turns to dust.

Lilmr81
Lilmr81

Makes me think I should undeadstock more of my shoe before they crumble apart. I'd like to know how he stores these I'm guessing no where close to properly.

bbudron
bbudron

Time for a sole swap.

Facsimile
Facsimile

 @jrlemons3 The number one reason you wear your shoes is that they're FUCKIN SHOES.

fly li
fly li

wouldnt it defeat the purpose of selling drugs if your shoes look like this u reterard?!

 

donadamsky
donadamsky

 @asshoe just wear em frequently and store em in a cool, dry place. Oh and dont shrinkwrap em or do anything that deprives them of oxygen!!!

 

Phillips
Phillips

@flyguynameli Reterard? Did you type that with your face your illiterate moron?

DreamChaser
DreamChaser

 @flyguynameli You don't get the joke I was trying to say. I guess you don't get it because it is to complicated for you to understand. ooo how ironic of you trying to call me a "retard" when you cant even spell it right.....Dumbass

DwizzyVelasquez
DwizzyVelasquez

@donadamsky @asshoe so putting them in zip lock bags is bad?

The_True_Great
The_True_Great

The comment I made was based to be a joke and previous to commenting i did read the article which makes your comment invalid, so please refrain from commenting things unknown to you.

-Thank You



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