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Sneaker Talk: Air Jordan 4 Doernbecher

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The Air Jordan 4 Doernbecher was designed by Doernbecher Hospital cancer patient, Isaiah Scott and released on November 5th, 2011. The shoe was centered around a Superman theme, which was the nickname given to Isaiah during his cancer treatment. Featuring a Black upper with an up and down arrow pattern to represent life’s ups and downs as well as a picture of Isaiah on the outer heel. Green accents throughout the shoe represent Kryptonite and has the Superman logo on the tongue. To finished off the design, this Air Jordan 4 sits atop a translucent outsole that has a comic book theme.

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Following this year’s Air Jordan 8 Doernbecher debut and while we add those to the list of Air Jordan Doernbecher releases, which has been your favorite to date? When do you think Jordan Brand should retro their Air Jordan Doernbecher releases? Leave your thoughts and comments below and check out the full description behind the Air Jordan 4 Doernbecher.

Isaiah is a lot like most 11-year-old boys. He loves basketball, videogames, cooking and watching TV. However, he’s also spent extended time as a patient at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. We teamed up with Doernbecher to let Isaiah bring his own creative vision for a Jordan shoe to life.

While at Doernbecher, Isaiah became known for is stoic approach to treatment – never complaining. His mom would call him “Superman” because he was “strong as steel”. Young Isaiah embraced his newfound strongman reputation in the design of the Air Jordan 4 DB.

Unlike any Jordan to come before it, the first thing that draws your attention is the Superman ‘S’ shield woven label on the tongue. Warner Brothers was touched by Isaiah’s story, and gave us permission to use the logo on his behalf.

Neon green laces and pops throughout represent Isaiah’s favorite color, and are reminiscent of Superman’s Kryptonite. Blue mesh and stitching on the upper, and red in the heel cushioning system and sockliner pay tribute to Superman’s suit.

If you look closer at the upper, you’ll see subtle arrows that can be interpereted as the ever-changing directions thatlife takes us in, including the ups and the downs. You’ll also notice an image of Isaiah himself peeking up on the outer heel.

The three colors from the Superman logo appear on the sole. Underneath the transluscent portions, you’ll notice comic-book-style word bubbles including the word “SEVEN” which is Isaiah’s favorite number.

Air Jordan 4 Doernbecher
Black/Old Royal-Electric Green-White
Release Date: November 5, 2011
Retail Price: $175

Air Jordan 4 Doernbecher 2011

Air Jordan 4 Doernbecher




Mario Briguglio
Mario Briguglio
Founder and Editor in Chief. My passion for sneakers started at age 6 and now I've turned my passion into a profession. Favorite Kicks - Air Jordan 3 "Black Cement"

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