The Air Jordan 4 ‘Lightning 2021’ is a modern re-issue of the desirable colorway of Michael Jordan’s fourth signature shoe that was originally released in August 2006. Without question one of the most sought-after non-original Air Jordan shoes ever, the first ‘Lightning’ was released in hyper-limited quantities exclusively on Jumpman23.com (the former Jordan Brand website) alongside a “reverse” black and yellow ‘Thunder’ Jordan 4, together creating the ‘Thunder & Lightning’ pack. The ‘Lightning’ was accompanied by an Air Jordan ‘Flight’ T-shirt and the ‘Thunder’ was paired with a varsity jacket. In 2012, Jordan Brand brought back the ‘Thunder,’ but curiously decided against releasing the ‘Lightning.’ 15 years after its debut, the ‘Lightning’ returned in near true-to-original fashion. Like the OG, the modern incarnation of the ‘Lightning’ features Tour Yellow nubuck on its upper with black mesh on the tongue and mid-panel. Grey ‘wings’ and black eyelets contrast the yellow look. Elsewhere, white Jumpman branding appears on the nylon tongue tag and a black Jumpman graces the back of the shoe. Jordan Brand opts for a slightly lighter grey rubber outsole than that of the unit found on the original ‘Lightning’ from 2006. Release date: August 28, 2021
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