Lavin-der time of our lives! – Air Jordan 4 Lavender

Continuing our recent run of flower-inspired colorways, have a look at our latest take on the Air Jordan 4, which is influenced by lavender flowers. Bringing a brand-new color scheme to the Air Jordan 4, that strays from the traditional team-based colors of 80’s basketball shoes, we present to you our latest concept, the Air Jordan 4 Lavender. Check it out above and read more about our thought process below.

First off, our concept comes predominantly in a light purple leather upper, with a darker purple accenting the highlights of the shoe, such as the wings, crown eyelets, lining, laces, and the TPU tab on the heel. The Jumpman branding on the tongue comes in black atop a dark purple background, and the netting is dressed in a light purple over a dark purple background. This upper is then paired with both shades of purple on the midsole, and the outsole coated in light purple. Lastly, the TPU eyelets are coated in a metallic finish, which is fitting given their crown shape. 

When thinking about flower-themed sneakers, the shoes that come to mind the quickest are covered in cherry blossom or rose designs, but lavender is a surprisingly popular source of inspiration. Thanks to its soft pastel-colored purples, popular artists like Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and Tyler the Creator have all implemented a lavender design on their respective shoe ventures. Well, now you can add us to that star-studded list, albeit using a darker purple than is common for this kind of inspiration, but we think it fits best for the silhouette we have chosen. 

By sticking mostly to a two-tone colorway, we were able to get the simplistic look that we hoped to achieve, whilst also emphasizing details such as the netting and the wings, that give the Air Jordan 4 its unique identity. This also allowed us to remain truer to the original nature of the Air Jordan 4, a silhouette that was built for shows of colors, and it would be a disservice to simplify it to just a monochromatic look, although we know that would still look great. Our shoe is already revolutionary enough as it is, we wonder what Michael Jordan would’ve thought if Nike showed him this concept back in 1989. These days, however, such colors on basketball shoes are much more common, so we wanted to use our concept-making to see what such colorways would look like on an older style.