May 21st, 2013 by Brendan Dunne
The Air Jordan IV “Thunder” and Air Jordan IV “Lightning” pairs were a truly unique set of releases from back in August of 2006. The two shoes were up for grabs exclusively at Jumpman23.com, the official Jordan Brand website that’s now home to official images and updates on Jordan product rather than being any sort of digital storefront. Both came with a pretty sizable price tag thanks to some accompanying apparel, marking them among the highest-priced Air Jordan Retro releases ever.
The Air Jordan IV “Lightning” was packaged with an Air Jordan “Flight” style shirt, which sent the retail price up the $250. The Air Jordan IV “Thunder” managed to top even that high point thanks to the varsity jacket included, weighing in at a total of $500. The already chunky box price on the duo helped drive up the secondary market value, a value obviously also helped out by the fairly small production runs (The “Thunder” for example was just 1 of 500). The aforementioned “Thunder” has since gotten a bit easier to track down thanks to the 2012 retro, but the “Lightning” remains a pretty rare find, although rumors of a Retro release continue to tickle us to this day. For the younger hobbyists who are unaware of the story behind the “Thunder and Lightning” Pack, feast your eyes on an incredibly rare set of both pairs from shoezeum on eBay.
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December 27th, 2012 by John Kim
This past Saturday’s release of the Air Jordan IV ‘Thunder’ made it clear that Jordan Brand will Retro whatever it wants, whenever it wants! One of the most hard-to-obtain Air Jordan Retros of all time released just one day after the Bred XIs dropped, but apparently JB will run the table with the 2006 Thunder/Lightning Pack as the Air Jordan IV in tonal Tour Yellow is headed for a release this March, according to members of the NT community. The tentative release date is March 2nd, 2013, so if you’re looking to complete your Thunder/Lightning Retro set, you won’t have to wait too long (and it does indeed make sense for both pairs to re-release). Thoughts on this projected release? Take a look at the 2006 release version and let us know what your thoughts are in the comments below.
Air Jordan IV “Lightning”
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May 8th, 2012 by John Kim
Kawhi Leonard was recently crowned by Sneaker News as the NBA Feet Rookie of the Year, as he spent the entire season with the Spurs honing his craft at the direction of some of the best of our generation while keeping things stylish on his feet. He has consistently foregone the basic team-based shoe and opted for snazzier Black/White/Grey kicks like the Air Jordan XIV ‘Light Graphite’ and the Nike Zoom Rookie LWP, and he certainly helped the Spurs sweep the Jazz last night while wearing the Air Jordan V ‘Wolf Grey’. However impressive that may be, that NBA Feet crown of the night doesn’t go to him, as 2011 NBA Feet MVP and All-NBA Feet First Team 2012 member Gilbert Arenas wore the Air Jordan IV ‘Lightning’ (despite getting just five minutes of PT). More of Kawhi and Gilbert below, so take a look! Photos: ESPN/coachdavemiller
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