Nike Air Jordan Retro 4 X Travis Scott Cactus Jack Review

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What does exactly Cactus Jack mean in the Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style sneakers?

Well, there’s an elaborate meaning behind that actually. It’s a nod to Travis Scott’s childhood nickname and his record label of the same name- Cactus Jack records. Yup you’ve probably heard of Travis Scott. He’s a successful rapper, musician, designer and boyfriend to the reality star Kylie Jenner, and the Air Jordan 4 “Cactus Jack” sneakers are the product of his collaboration with Jordan Brand.

These Nike retro shoes inspired by Travis Scott’s favorite childhood football NFL team Houston Oilers, now also known as the Tennessee Titans. Born and raised in Huston, Scott became a fan of the Oilers while they played in Houston until the late 90’s. The color that you see on the sneakers was a dominant color on the Oiler’s jerseys. Since then, they’ve relocated to Tennessee, but these sneakers a nice tribute to a childhood memory.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Air bubble at the heel

Dual-branding

Limited edition sneakers

Cons

Expensive 

Outsole

Outsole

One might say that the outsole is quite interesting, but that very statement can be said about the rest of the Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers as well. The outsole is black, made entirely from rubber and it has a different level of thickness and dimensions on different parts of the shoe. At the toe box and in the middle of the sneaker, the outsole is most prominent and more visible, white it becomes thinner and barely noticeable at the back to the shoe. It surely makes one hell of a stylish look, but the precise design on the outsole has to do with the practical effects of the midsole too.
Midsole

Midsole

In the theme of the color blocking, while the outsole was made from black leather, the midsole is white and features the model’s signature air bubble at the heel. Air-Sole technology is one of the most recognizable features in Jordan’s sneakers, and the Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers have it too. It provides a great deal of bounce, amortization, and your feet don’t feel the strain of walking and jumping as much they would when the sneaker would be without that air bubble.
The Air bubble unit is visible on both sides of the sneaker and it’s positioned near the end of the midsole, there the arches end, and the heel of the feet begins. The air bubble will become one of your favorite features in this shoe, as it both provides comfort and stylish effect.
Upper

Upper

It’s blue. If you’re a big fan of the color blue, this is the sneaker just for you. Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers are made with a lighter shade of blue suede on the upper, while black accents with a dash of paint splatter detailing and red liner can be found on different parts of the upper. The red liner is visible on the inside of the sneaker, and it’s precisely there where you can find on the of the 2 recognizable Air Jordan logos. The red lining goes all the way to the opening of the shoe, but the black accents are centered at the sides of the sneaker, and at the back, near the Achilles’ arch. The Jumpman Ai Jordan branding can be found on the tongue of the sneaker, while Cactus Jack branding is more dominant at heel counter. And you know what else can be found on the upper? A delicate black mesh that hugs the tongue and the sides of the Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers. The black laces sit comfortably on the black mesh, and they look great too. The dominant color works well with the black and red, and they don’t overpower the delicate shade of blue that this sneaker has on the entire surface of the upper.
Comfort

Comfort

Comfort is Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers' middle name. Seriously. The outsole, the air bubble in the midsole and the strong and structured upper all contribute to the comfort of the sneaker. The outsole and the air bubble technology midsole support the arch and the heel, while the sturdy upper hugs the rest of the feet. The well made upper takes good care of the foot and fives your feet enough space to breathe and move within the shoe structure. Your foot will become fixated and tightly secured in the sneakers and you’ll feel that comfort in the long run. The black accents at the sides and the back of the sneaker also add to the comfort and the overall security of the shoes, and that’s their secondary job here. Their main purpose is to hold the laces and make sure they’re tightly secured at the top of the sneakers. The comfort can be felt in several areas of the Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers, not just in one particular.
Support

Support

Comfort and support go hand in hand with the Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers. However, the main support of these shoes comes from the outsole and especially the midsole. The visible air unit is the star in the Cactus Jack style sneakers, and you can thank that particular fine looking and very practical unit for the support that will give you with every step. The gas-filled cushion revolutionized the industry when they were first introduced, and they’ve been perfecting it ever since. They’ll help with the balance, the bounce and the overall support of the feet in your everyday activities. Whether is for a game of basketball or for your casual wear, the Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers.
Durability

Durability

The thick suede upper will make sure that durability in the Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers is on point. Unlike the synthetic material made sneakers that are on the market, the thick and sturdy suede will make them last for a very long time. They’re also suitable to be worn on every type of weather conditions and they’ll not lose their shape or their durability. Durability when you’re buying a great pair of sneakers, and will provide plenty of that for sure.
Flexibility

Flexibility

You might not think that flexibility is one of Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers strong suits but it is. Especially in the outsole and midsole. Because of the fact that the outsole is with different sizes and heights, it provides different types of flexibility in different areas of the shoes. Of course, there’s the recognizable air-filled cushion, centered at a key point of the sneaker, and the touch of mesh at the sides and the tongue of the sneaker. The mesh offers a great deal of flexibility and all of the things combine to make one hell of a flexible shoe.
Stability

Stability

The Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers are bursting with stability and it’s one of those concerns that you scratch of your list when purchasing these sneakers. Most of the stability comes from the thick and comfortable suede outsole. It helps with the grip, stability and it hugs the shoe in the right ways, without being too conforming or rigid on the toe area. The black and equally thick accents on the side of the shoe add to the stability as they help fixate the shoelaces and make the shoe more stable on both sides.
Airflow

Airflow

While the airflow is not prominent as it would be with a textile made sneaker, the Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers do have portions of mesh that helps with the airflow. The airflow comes from the mesh parts of the sneakers, on both sides of the sneaker and from the tongue area too. The airflow will keep your feet filtrated, dry and will help to eradicate the smell too. The mesh structures are precisely located on the area where it would most benefit to have airflow and despite being relatively tiny areas, they’ll get the job done.
Terrain

Terrain

The Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers are designed to be worn on wet and dry surfaces and several types of terrain. The thick outsole and the air-filled cushioning in the midsole will ease the pain while walking of rough surfaces.
Traction

Traction

The bottom of the outsole is designed with special rubbery ridges that help the traction and make your feet more stable on wet surfaces. There’s a mix of black and rubber ridges on the outsole and each of the colors protects one area of the foot. The black ridges, slightly more prominent are positioned to protect the toes and the heel of the soot, while the white and slightly smaller ridges are there to take care of the arches. Oh, and the Jumpman logo can be found on the white part of the bottom too.
Style

Style

The Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers are made with style in the mind, and nostalgia in the heart. Inspired by Travis Scott; childhood team colors, they’re blue all the way through. The dash of black and red just adds to the overall sports style, but not so much to overpower the dominant blue color of the sneaker. The visible midsole filled with the airbags stays true to Jordan’s retro vibe, and it just adds class and familiarity to the millions of fans that grew up with these types of sneakers. The sneakers designed by Travis Scott and made by Air Jordan are the perfect blend of youthful presence mixed with childhood memories. They’re colorful without being off-putting, comfortable without being confining and stylish without being just a celebrity novelty.
Key features

Key features

Designed by Travis Scott
Visible Air unit
Suede upper
Black outsole and white midsole
Bottom line

Bottom line

The Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers are inspired by a team that’s no more. It doesn’t exist in the area in which Travis Scott grew up and it doesn’t exist by the same name in the NFL now. In fact, the team called Huston Oilers hasn’t been in the NFL for the past 2 decades, but one fan who’s now one of the most respected artists in the world remembers that team. Travis Scott still loves the team that he supported as a child, and with The Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers he found a perfect way to bring it back to life. With a pair of sneakers whose design was inspired by the team, he loved so much. He took the team’s color (light blue) and inserted that very same color on the entire upper of the sneaker. The memory will live on The Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers, but now with a dashing and bold design, comfortable outsole and even more recognizable midsole. The speckled pattern on the black accents is a nice break from all the blue that dominates in the outsole, while the red and black just add to the sports feel of the entire shoe. The Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers is once in a lifetime collaboration between one of the greatest lines of sportswear and one of the most in-demand hip hop artists of today. The sneakers are suitable for wearing in outdoor and indoor activities and can be worn in almost every type of weather. They’re durable, comfortable and stable sneakers, and the airbag cushioning in the midsole adds to the grip, balance and the relaxed feel of the feet when you’re wearing them. The airbag cushioning will help your feet to feel a bit relaxed after a prolonged time running or walking, and the very detailed outsole bottom will greatly help with the traction. The Jordan 4 Retro Travis Scott Cactus Jack Style Sneakers are pricey so worth the buy.