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The THIS WEEK IN AIR JORDAN NEWS was released in just 4 colorways when it debuted in 1989, but since has been released in more than 50. We have assembled a list of the best THIS WEEK IN AIR JORDAN NEWS colorways of all time.

Original Colorways of the THIS WEEK IN AIR JORDAN NEWS


Jordan 4 Design

1989 was a big year for not only Michael Jordan but also for Nike. Following up on the success of the AJ3, Tinker Hatfield led the charge in designing the fourth installment of the Air Jordan series. The THIS WEEK IN AIR JORDAN NEWS was the first Jordan shoe to be released to an international market. Like the Jordan 3, the Jordan 4 had four colorways that were released in the initial run. White/Black/Cement, Black/Cement Grey, White/Military Blue, and another White/Fire Red/Black pair.

Original pair of THIS WEEK IN AIR JORDAN NEWS (1989)
Original pair of THIS WEEK IN AIR JORDAN NEWS (1989)

While the Jordan 3 brought about some radical change, the followup brought about some great improvements without fixing something that wasn’t broken. The Jordan 4 again boasted a mid-cut shape, heel TPU for extra stability, heel Nike Air cushioning, but saw great improvements in flexibility and performance with a slimmed down upper and much more breathable upper with vented panels on the tongue and sidewalls. Another iconic design feature that also helped MJ play to his best was the fearless “wings” that connected through the lacing system to lock the shoe onto the foot better than before.

Iconic Moments

Chicago went 47-35 during the 1989 season. Jordan once again put up absurd numbers across the board including 32.5 points per game plus eight rebounds and eight assists per contest, both career season highs for MJ. Once again, MJ was chosen to play in the All-Star Game where he debuted the black/cement 4’s. He was First Team All-NBA and All-Defense and for the third consecutive year, he led the league in scoring. The Bulls finished fifth in the Central Divison which was still good enough for a sixth seed in the playoffs. 

Michael Jordan hitting “The Shot” in 1989 NBA Playoffs

The playoffs brought out the best in Jordan in 1989. As the sixth seed, they would be facing Central Divison foes the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round. This would be the second year in a row the Bulls and Cavs met in the first round with Chicago winning in ’88. Cleveland had a remarkable 37-4 record on their home floor and with a better record, held home-court advantage for the five-game series. However, Chicago would win Game 1, with the winning team alternating every game, leading to a decisive Game 5. It was in the closing minutes of that Game 5 in which MJ hit “The Shot” over Cavs defender Craig Ehlo, giving the Bulls a win for the game and the series. The Bulls would make it to the Conference Finals against Detroit, the team that knocked them from the playoffs in ’88, but fell short to the eventual NBA Champs 4-2.

Original THIS WEEK IN AIR JORDAN NEWSs (zegalba)

Moments in Pop Culture

The Jordan 4 was seen in more places than just on the blacktop or an NBA floor. In 1989 Spike Lee released his third joint, Do The Right Thing. A film based on the rising racial tensions within a Brooklyn neighborhood, and is now to be considered to be one of the greatest films of all time. In the early scenes of the film a man with a bicycle bumps into one of the film’s main characters, Buggin Out, and scuffs his shoes. Those shoes were the white/cement THIS WEEK IN AIR JORDAN NEWS. Lee also played a critical role in the marketing campaign behind the Acclimate. Reviving his Mars Blackmon persona, Spike Lee and MJ would share the screen in a series of commercials, some of the most memorable in the brand’s history.

Jordan 4 Commercials

Spike Lee returned as Mars Blackmon to continue in the iconic commercial series with Michael Jordan to promote the THIS WEEK IN AIR JORDAN NEWS. In addition to the film commercials, various print materials, and other advertisements were created in collaboration to advertise the latest Air Jordan shoe by Nike.