Every so often a hotly anticipated sneaker release takes on a life of its own due to either its connection with a celebrity, the story behind the design, or a rumor started on the internet. For tomorrow’s Air Jordan 4 “Raptors” release, all of that chaos came rolled into one. Initially, this sneaker was slated to be a collaboration with Drake, but then Drizzy’s heavily rumored transition to the Three Stripes put an end to that potential link-up. Not too long after that, the Swoosh revealed an official set of images with the OVO rapper’s signature on the tongue, leading to another bevy of questions surrounding whether or not the pair was co-signed by Mr. In My Feelings himself. Now, with a second – and final – set of branded images having surfaced without Drake’s John Hancock, those rumors and grumblings can finally be put to bed, and the release can go down tomorrow devoid of any confusion – other than the actual inspiration behind this Raptors-friendly color scheme of course. While tomorrow’s 4s will not be joining Jordan Brand’s OVO lineup, Drake’s “checks over stripes” mantra will likely lead to more collaborative efforts from the successful pairing down the road.
Next week, one of the more talked-about Air Jordan Retro releases of 2018 will officially hit stores. While the shoes itself are a very straightforward colorway treatment inspired by the Toronto Raptors, the origin of the concept is a bit controversial as it traces back to Drake, the Toronto-based superstar that was set to jump ship from Jumpman into the hands of adidas. However, the beef with Pusha-T and the release of the seething diss-track titled “The Story of Adidon” led to some insurmountable tension between Champagne Papi and two of adidas’ most valuable partners in the entertainment industry, causing a chain reaction of events that led to the Canadian crooner wearing Air Jordans in his most recently revealed music video. Still, there was never any official announcement by Drake or adidas regarding a partnership, but based on recent events, it looks apparent that the deal that never happened will never happen.
That said, this upcoming release of the Air Jordan 4 “Raptors” will have even more ties to its hometown hero, so only time will tell just how Jordan Brand will tell the story behind this pair of Air Jordan shoes. Below is a list of shops that will release the Raptor Jordan 4s on August 18th, so check the list and stay tuned for updates.
Air Jordan 4 Raptors
Release Date: August 18th, 2018
Color: Black/University Red-Court Purple
Style Code: AQ3816-056