Jordan 4 Retro 2012 Ultraviolet

Jordan 4 Retro 2012 Ultraviolet


Neutral Gray / Ultraviolet / White
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Release Date
April 14, 2012
Air Jordan 4

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About the Jordan 4 Retro 2012 Ultraviolet

Tinker Hatfield changed up the game on his second of many Air Jordan designs by amping up the performance and breathability. He kept the AJ 3's mid-cut height, the visible Air unit in the heel and the "Nike Air" emblem on the back. Hatfield also retained the signature Jumpman logo on the tongue.

The Air Jordan 4 implemented a more utilitarian approach. Here's what made it stand apart:

  • Cost-effective Durabuck synthetic leather upper that wipes clean with ease
  • An encapsulated Air unit added to the forefoot
  • The word “Flight” incorporated into the Jumpman logo—Air Jordan is meant to fly, after all
  • The addition of “wings,” a multiport lacing system with extra holes for a customized fit and enhanced lateral support
  • A pull tab added to the heel for an easier wearing experience
  • “Over-molded” mesh paneling for increased breathability, the netting was coated with urethane, dipped in soft plastic, then air-blown to remove the plastic from the net’s gaps

History of the Air Jordan 4

On May 7, 1989, the world witnessed "The Shot", an impossible feat for anyone other than His Airness. Michael Jordan pulled off this legendary buzzer-beater with assistance from his Black Cement Air Jordan 4s. It was MJ's fifth year in the league and a brilliant display of his growing dominance as a superstar.

The same could be said for Tinker Hatfield, the lead designer for the Air Jordan line. After the tremendous success of the Air Jordan 3, Hatfield had his work cut out for him. Coming on the heels of one of the most popular sneaker designs ever, did he dare mess with the formula? He opted to keep the overall design similar to its predecessor but boosted the performance features.

If the Air Jordan 3 saved Nike's partnership with Jordan, the Air Jordan 4 cemented it—primarily due to the inspired design efforts of Hatfield.

Jordan 4 Retro 2012 Ultraviolet

The Jordan 4 Retro Ultraviolet was released on April 14, 2012, as a girls' edition of the classic Air Jordan 4. The sneakers feature a style that is specific for kids while still keeping the specifications seen on the adult version. The Air Jordan 4 Ultraviolet features a white leather upper with a white mesh underlay. The sneakers also have black leather winged supports across the ankle and a grey leather mudguard at the front. Purple accents can be seen on the upper and lower lace tabs, textile lining inside, and the "Jumpman" branding on the tongue and heel. The midsole also features Ultraviolet purple with black specks, and the outsole is white.