Release Date: April 28
For many hardcore Air Jordan collectors, there is nothing more coveted than player exclusives. These pairs are noted for their extremely limited nature and special markings that nod to certain players or schools. While most people will never get to acquire a PE of their own, Jordan Brand has decided to start giving fans the next best thing by releasing colorways mimicking PEs for universities like Oregon, Michigan, and more, sans their official team logos, in recent years.
One of the most popular iterations thus far has been the “University Blue” Air Jordan 4 released this past April, which was modeled after a pair made for the Tar Heels football team in 2019. Some owners even decided to customize theirs by chopping the jersey-inspired tongue tag off so that it more closely resembled the 4’s usual look. Like most colorways inspired by Michael Jordan’s alma mater, these flew off the shelves. Some might refer to them as “poverty PEs,” but if the flip is any indication, plenty of people view these blue suede 4s as a formidable alternative. In a sneaker climate dominated by big-name collaborations, these are proof that not everything needs to be attached to a marquee name to be a hit. —Mike DeStefano