A key piece of Jordan Brand‘s Holiday 2020 retro collection — and one that’s been teased for the better part of the year — the Air Jordan 4 “Sashiko” is finally set to arrive to market. Boasting a quilted patchwork upper with pieces and patterns inspired by heritage Japanese craftsmanship, the “Sashiko” follows up a swath of artisanally-styled “Sashiko” kicks from Nike in months past like the SB Dunk Low, SB Blazer, SB Janoski and even Kyrie Irving’s Kybrid S2.
However, this intricate take on Michael Jordan‘s fourth signature sneaker is unquestionably the most lavish “Sashiko” style of the bunch. It’s mostly covered in patterned navy fabric, but heartily plays up its patchwork ethos with patches of red on the right shoe’s toebox and left shoe’s medial heel. There’s also some sail-based pieces on the right shoe’s lateral mudguard and medial collar plus the left shoe’s lateral eyestays. More than a half dozen patterns in total are present across the build.
Moving to the heel, Jumpman-equipped tabs are done up in semi-translucent blue TPU to match the signature midfoot “wings.” The Air Jordan 4’s quarter and tongue would typically boast three-dimensional “netting,” but here that familiar embellishment is cleverly represented by embroidered details. Laces are split between navy on the left foot and red on the right foot. Down below, the look is finalized by crisp three-tone midsoles with a richly-colored heel Air Max unit.
The Air Jordan 4 “Sashiko” is set to release via Nike SNKRS Japan on November 30, and is then slated for a global arrival December 5. The MSRP is set at ¥25,850 JPY (approximately $248 USD).
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