First time around we took a crack at the AJ I, which was my all time favorite. For our sophomore album... we pivot to my 2nd favorite; the AJ IV.
The vision here was to mix suede and mesh fabrics so we worked really hard to find the right materials. For the suede we took hints from the really thick but plush suede's like whats found on Birkenstock sandals. For the mesh we wanted an old school mesh like the OG sneakers of the 80's.
For the colors we wanted to continue the narrative we started with the AJ 1’s; black, white, red and blue, while at the same time offering something new. So we used muted versions of these colors.
Back in the day, I had always liked to wear my IV's with a short tongue, so I would fold them over themselves and tie them down. So we decided to fold the tongue over and stitch it down with the same stitch pattern that we used on the 1’s. The good news here is that the stitch can be easily removed to reveal a normal tongue size if that's your preference. Another fun detail is that with the tongue folded over the original “AIR JORDAN” interior branding now becomes external.
The other major thing we did was that we edited the paneling of the shoes to create a slightly different shape to the shoe. You might not catch this at first, but when you compare our design to the OG AJ IV's, you can tell we added an extra panel. We did this for 2 reasons; first off, it created a dope toe vamp view when you look down... my favorite view is when you look right down at kicks; the “birds-eye view”. Secondly, It allows for a more balanced ratio of mesh to suede, which is something I was trying to achieve as well.
Lastly, we added a yellowed out sole to give a kind of antiqued look, like our AJ I.