Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan IV

Today in Performance Sneaker History: Michael Jordan Hits “The Shot” in the Air Jordan IV

On May 7, 1989, the Chicago Bulls were pitted against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Playoffs First Round. After four games in the series, they met for a fifth and final game, which the Cavs were winning as the game came to a close. With seconds left, Chicago’s Brad Sellers inbounded the ball to an open Michael Jordan, who drove to towards the hoop and put up a eighteen-foot jump shot over Craig Ehlo. The shot was good, the Bulls won, and the rest is history.

For “The Shot” and a majority of the ’88-89 NBA season, Jordan wore the Black/Red/Cement Grey colorway of the Air Jordan IV. This classic Legacy model features visible Air cushioning, ventilation netting, and midfoot wings for a lockdown fit. In 2012, Jordan Brand re-released the iconic original colorways of the Air Jordan IV, as well as a Cavs themed colorway inspired by “The Shot”.

Keep an eye out for brand new colorways of the Air Jordan IV releasing this fall.

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