One of the most iconic shoes of Michael Jordan’s career were released recently. The Jordan IV “Bred” shoe is so coveted due to Jordan making the game winning shot in Game 5 of the NBA playoffs versus the Cavs in 1989. The shoe is also dubbed “The Shot” because of this last second posterizing shot Jordan made.
To get things out of the way we’ll start with the downside to this release. For me the pull tabs on the back are extremely hard and dig into my heels unless I have long socks on. Second, the midsole is white plastic painted black. This means that if you scratch the side on something, the true white midsole will be exposed. Its definitely not a deal breaker for me, only minor downsides to an otherwise solid release.
The shoe is very comfortable and seems to have a wider shape than the III’s have. On this release the tongue is a bit longer than other releases. I’ve worn my pair a handful of times and the shoes seem to be very resistant to creasing which is a major plus. The mesh on the tongue gives the shoe great flexibility to resist creasing. The nubuck outer stays fairly clean as well only requiring a wipe from time to time. Normally I wear a 10.5 but purchased these in a size 11 and they fit nice and snug without lacing them up tightly. I think a 10.5 would have felt too tight in this model. This shoe is a must have for any collection due to its history and classic colorway.