Nevermind the fact that the Jordan 4 Retro Kaws are ranked as Nike's 22nd best model ever created. They're amazing specialty shoes created for amateur through professional basketball players and they're engineered to provide the wearer with all the right stuff for high performance on the court. Not everyone has heard of the model, but then again, not everyone plays serious basketball. For those of you who want to know more about this highly desired model, here are 10 things you didn't know about the Jordan 4 Retro Kaws.
1. The Kaws designer is a famous Brooklyn artist
The Nike Kaws basketball shoe is designed by the world-famous Brooklyn, NY artist Brian Donnelly. He goes by the professional name of Kaws. The artist/designer is known for his 2D and 3D paintings and sculptures which are displayed in museums and galleries. He works with a variety of materials which include bronze, wood, aluminum, and fiberglass in addition to his painted medium and design creations. His work has been featured in several illustrated publications.
2. A genuine pair of Jordan 4 Retro Kaws is expensive
When we say that the current resell value is high, we're talking about nearly $2,000. A pair of these rare and valuable basketball shoes was recently offered for $1,995. With this in mind, it pays to make sure that you know what you're getting because a knock-off won't be worth a tenth of the value.
3. Beware of replicas
As with any designer shoe or accessory, there are counterfeiters out there who are trying to pass off fakes as the genuine article. This amounts to no more than a scam. The rule of thumb when buying a pair of Jordan 4 Retro Kaws is to make sure that it's authentic before you buy.
4. There is a website dedicated to identifying fake Jordan 4 Retro Kaws
To make sure that you know how to tell the difference between an authentic pair of Jordan 4 Retro Kaws and a cheap imitation, an Instagram user has set up a sit that you can visit to learn how to tell the difference between them. This will make you somewhat of an expert on the subject. If you're considering the purchase of a pair of Jordan 4 Retro Kaws, then investing a little time in discovering how to make sure you're not getting duped will be well worth your effort. You can find this valuable information at Instagram user @fake_education. This is a guide that compares an authentic Kaws with a fake and it shows the shoes side by side, providing you with a complete break down of the small differences that are likely to go unnoticed to the untrained eye.
5. The sole glows in the dark
As if this Nike model was not already impressive enough with its attractive suede uppers and the unique design imprinted within the material, the design team added an extra feature. The soles are made of materials that glow in the dark. in fact, one of the ways that you can and should check the authenticity of a pair is to use an ultraviolet light to shine on the soles. It should glow, and if it doesn't, you don't have a real pair.
6. The Nike Jordan 4 Retro Kaws model is a 3 party collaboration
We've talked about the brilliance of artist and designer Brian Donnelly already, but we've not yet given due credit to the other two parties in this fantastic collaboration. Michael Jordan, who is a top notch athlete who is an expert advisor on what it takes to design and produce the ideal basketball shoe. Of course, the third member is the Nike corporation itself and their talented team of researchers, designers and engineers who bring the concepts for each model produced to life.
7. Jordan and Donnelly share a common connection
There is something unique about the partnership that Kaws and Michael Jordan have formed. First of all, both of them are from Brooklyn. They share the same hometown, but this isn't their only similarity. Both are internationally known professionals in their fields of expertise. Nike has spared no expense nor effort in bringing the best and the brightest together to create the Jordan 4 Retro Kaws.
8. An apparel line was created for the shoe
The Jordan 4 Retro Kaws is such a big deal in the Nike world that they decided to create a line of clothing to go with them. There's something about this model that is inspirational and it isn't the price, but rather the way that they look. The textured and patterned suede uppers are made of premium materials and the shoes needed to be paired with sports clothing and accessories that would go with them, not the other way around. The collection includes a saatin coach's jacket, a five panel cap, a t-shirt , and a hoodie.
9. Jordan 4 Retro Kaws are distinct
This model has its own distinct look and it doesn't resemble any other Nike on the market. It's a one of a kind design. You can pick it out easily from the collection of basketball shoes in the Nike lineup.
10. Owning a pair of Jordan 4 Retro Kaws will set you apart
Not just anyone can or will buy a pair of these shoes. For starters, they're very expensive and they don't fit into everyone's budget. Anyone wearing them will make two major statements. It's not about being wealthy or financially secure. Admirers of this shoe have impeccable taste and believe in paying extra for the comfort and performance that this amazing and attractive shoe delivers.
Written by Garrett Parker
Read more posts by Garrett Parker