12/18/2019 ~ erik anson

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With 2019 coming to a close and being fully immersed in the winter season, we have a brand new, cozy Jordan 4 to talk about.

FYI: If you’re here for release details, like the release date and a sitelist of where to buy, you can scroll straight down to the end of the article.

The unmistakable model from 1989 gets a wintry upgrade with the Air Jordan 4 Retro Winter, stylized as WNTR. It’s got all the original flavor, with fleece-lined areas for warmth and the iconic quarter-panel grid made with perforated synthetic material.

For it’s 30th anniversary, this year was filled with Jordan 4 retros that we’ll talk about including our most recent addition. 2018 was the Jordan 3, and 2020 will be the Jordan 5 (along with the Air Max 90, expect some heaters).

Detailed Look

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Taking a closer peek at the shoes, Jordan Brand truly did their thing on these with a perfect balance of iteration and timelessness. Personally speaking, I’m a massive fan of the materials on these. The fleece/sherpa interior and sockliner is the obvious selling point.

The upper is mostly constructed of what is said to be a waterproof leather material which looks promising. Another curious choice was to put a ballistik style material on the tongue and netting panels. This should hold up super well in the elements.

I’m happy that this pair of sneakers was crafted. Winterized shoes have NOT been executed well in the past (looking at you Jordan 9s and 12s along with various Air Maxes and Ultraboosts). However these 4s had a talented team working on them.

The color coding on these are loyal blue, habanero red, white, and black. After many Shoetubers have taken an early look at the Winter 4s, they’ve gotten stellar reviews. We’ll let the photos try to do the justice.

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Benefits

Here’s a couple specs given from the manufacturers

  • Leather upper offers durability and support with OG design lines.
  • Visible Nike Air technology provides lightweight, resilient cushioning.
  • A rubber outsole gives you traction on a variety of surfaces.
  • The tongue, collar and sockliner are fleece-lined for warmth.

4s in 2019

It’s important to discuss all the other Jordan 4’s to hit the shelves this year in honor of the 30th anniversary. Let’s dig in.

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One of the more influential and hyped releases this year had to be the Bred 4 returning after a 7 year hiatus. It was everything we expected along with Nike Air branding that replaced a more recent jumpman.

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My personal favorite to drop this year was another classic, the cool grey 4. To me this was a super sought after pair that released ONLY in 2004 previously.

When I first was getting into sneakers and looking back at the Jordan catalog, I immediately gravitated towards these (was only 10 years old when they dropped, gimme a break).

Tried getting some on eBay, failed massively in terms of condition so I was happy to add these to my collection this year.

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Besides being a big year for the 4, it was a huge year for Drake and the Toronto Raptors winning their first NBA title.

To celebrate, this Raptors colorway dropped along with an almost identical version additionally donning Champagne Papi’s signature on the tongue.

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This “Mushroom” 4 flew under the radar being that it comes in women’s sizing. Fellas if you’re a mens 10.5 or under, you can go scoop these for close to retail. Super clean color way.

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Keeping it recent, the “What The” 4s were more on the outlandish side from a design standpoint. For those unaware, this pair mixed coloring inspiration from 4 classics – bred, fire red, white cement, and military blue.

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While these released a while ago, we can’t NOT mention the Eminem “Encore” 4s that resell for 10’s of thousands of dollars. People are already calling the Winters the “poor man’s Eminems”. To be honest, from a pure aesthetics standpoint, I’d rather have the Winters but that’s just my opinion.

Release Info

The Winter Jordan 4’s will be available at 10am EST this Saturday, December 21, 2019.

The price tag is $200.

Resale

Now for one of the more important puzzle pieces of this release. Will it resell?

The answer to this question may not be super clear and dry right now. Will certain sizes make some money, especially shortly following the release? Perhaps. Right now, early sales indicate payouts just over the retail price.

Early reviewers say these should be fairly available which translates to a lower demand on the resale market. We can probably infer this from the large amount of footsites on the list above. $200 isn’t bad, but it’s not the best price point to have a good profit margin. To be fair, it’s only $10 more than a normal pair of AJ 4s so I would say it’s a fair tradeoff for the premium materials.

Stay tuned in the morning on Saturday, see how quick they’re flying and pay attention to what people are saying on Twitter.

As mentioned before, it’s an awesome shoe to begin with so I don’t think anyone would be disappointed if they are going out to buy for immediate wearing purposes.

That’s it for this model.

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Thanks y’all.

– Erik