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The Air Jordan 4 Retro 'Red Thunder' Recalls a Familiar Color Palette

The story of 'Thunder' continues in early 2022—with a twist.

WRITER: BROCK CARDINER UPDATED ON: MAY 4, 2023
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In 1989, Michael Jordan was on his way to becoming the greatest basketball player of all time, averaging 32.5 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists per game. Along for the ride was his fourth signature shoe. The Air Jordan 4 built on the success of its predecessor, with Tinker Hatfield reprising his role as the model’s lead designer.

Featuring a shape reminiscent of the Air Jordan 3, MJ’s fourth signature shoe became the line’s first global sneaker release and introduced a number of technical details to the franchise, including a wing lace structure, herringbone-pattern traction, an extended heel tab, and mesh netting on the side panels and tongue.

What shoes are similar to the Air Jordan 4 ‘Red Thunder’ release?

The 'Red Thunder' colorway, along with its yellow sibling colorway, 'Thunder', have been used on other releases across Air Jordan and Nike silhouettes. Recent and upcoming releases in the Thunder colorway family include: