Looking back at the biggest sneaker releases of 2023, Nike SB and Jordan Brand’s collaborative “Pine Green” iteration of the Air Jordan 4 still stands out. Upgrading the build of the retro silhouette to suit skating, it serves as a true fusion of the two brands’ identities. However, before the teams arrived at the “Pine Green” arrangement, an all-black wear test sample was created for skaters such as Paul Rodriguez and Eric Koston to test out.

Now, the team at English Sole has obtained one of these not-for-release pairs and has offered a detailed visual breakdown of its unique build. Covered in black, this version of the Nike SB x Air Jordan 4 notably features suede throughout its stealthy upper. As a result, it showcases wear from skating much easier than its “Pine Green” counterpart.

At the time of writing, this Nike SB x Air Jordan 4 wear test sample is not rumored to be releasing in the future. Check out additional looks at the samples below and stay tuned as the overwhelming success of last year’s “Pine Green” pair may lead to future projects between the two divisions.

Paul Rodriguez and Eric Koston skating the Nike SB x Air Jordan 4 “Black” wear test pair pic.twitter.com/OTGLQoHh4t

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