Jordan 4s or Jordan 1s?

Jordan 4s or Jordan 1s?

"Jordan 4's or Jordan 1's, Rolexes, got more than one/ My AP cost thirty-one, millimetre's forty-one" - Clash (Dave & Stormzy)


Air Jordan 4 Retro's and Air Jordan 1 Retro's. Both trainers are very hard to obtain, selling out each time they are released.

The rapper then mentions the Royal Oak model of expensive Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet in this line. He claims he paid a staggering £31,000 for it! The watch face is 41mm in diameter, which is the model's largest size.

Now look! At Treleven, we do not stock Rolexes or APs...

That's why we've opted to bring you the most sought-after Jordan 4s and Jordan 1s at the best prices instead!

Your only task is to choose either, or if you're feeling like Santan - simply get both!

To help you come to an informed decision on which of the two most popular models in the history of the Air Jordan range is best for you, we'll start by covering how these two "goated" sneakers came into existence...


Michael Jordan, still a rookie, was taken third overall in the NBA draft for the Chicago Bulls in 1984, and he quickly became the best player in the world.

While big manufacturers like as Adidas and Converse were concentrating their efforts elsewhere, Nike swooped in and signed the young rookie, prompting him to design his own distinctive shoes.

By 1985, the world had seen the first Air Jordan 1, created by the great Peter Moore, and it had gone on to become one of the most popular sneakers of all time, with new models, such as the Jordan 1 Mid "Inside Out," still being produced to this day!

Fast forward to 1989, and the Nike and Jordan collaboration had already produced three highly popular sneakers; now it was Tinker Hatfield's turn to develop a fourth successful model.

The Jordan 4 was a big success, despite being one of the most costly basketball sneakers at the time, thanks in part to Michael Jordan having his finest statistical season to date.

While the Jordan 1 used basic yet effective colour blocks, the Jordan 4 featured a more unique appearance while maintaining many of the features that made the Jordan 3 so popular, such as the mid-top collar and visible Air chamber in the midsole.


If you look at some of the most expensive Jordans ever sold on the resale market, you'll often find a Jordan 1 near the top of the list.

We currently have both pairs of the Jordan 4s and 1s on the featured image of this article! Both pairs are on special for the same ridiculously low price of 3299 ZAR, allowing you to have your pick without denting your pockets! 

  • Get your Air Jordan 4 Retro 'Bred'



  • Get your Air Jordan 1 Retro 'Dark Mocha' here:

It's worth noting that Nike has been producing a lot more

Jordan 1s recently, which could mean they're a little easier to get right now.

Performance & Fit 

If you're attempting to decide which of the two will help you perform better on the court, we'd say the Jordan 4 has a slight advantage.

This is primarily owing to the breathable mesh upper rather than all-over leather, as well as the mid-top collar, which should be significantly less restricting during a game while still giving plenty of ankle support.

In fact, it was originally rumoured that Michael Jordan thought the Jordan 1 and 2 to be too tall and tight, so when the Jordan 3 was released, he requested mid-tops.

They should be very evenly matched in terms of comfort, since they both include Nike Air units in the midsoles for increased shock absorption and padding. When it comes to the fit, it would seem both fit true-to-size.

Which Should You Buy? 

It's difficult to choose between the two because they're both amazing designs with their own sense of nostalgia.

If you're searching for a shoe to play in, we believe the Jordan 4 is the best option; nevertheless, for everyday wear, the Jordan 1 is hard to beat, considering its rich history as the first signature shoe of one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

That being said, the final decision will be based on personal preference and which you believe will be more suitable for you and your intended usage.

Share Tweet Pin it
Back to blog