Size and fit

The Nike Air Max Tailwind IV SP is released in men’s and women’s sizing. Like other low-top shoes, it allows adequate ankle mobility. It uses a lacing system to provide a secure and custom fit. 

This lifestyle shoe has a cushioned textile lining that delivers support and comfort. It utilizes Air Max technology on the forefoot and rear areas, providing lightweight cushioning and a responsive ride. 

Nike Air Max Tailwind IV SP Style

The low-top Nike AM Tailwind IV SP is an epitome fashionable style. It provides both a retro vibe and a streetwear look. It is available in colorways like Dark Stucco/Flat Zinc/Dark Stucco/Sandtrap and Sandtrap/Linen/Bamboo.                                    

The upper is made of durable woven fabric while the midsole is speckled. Air bubbles are visible on the rear and forefoot areas of the midsole. It has an outsole with a significantly rippled pattern that delivers excellent traction.

Using the silhouette from the 90s, it offers the limitless possibility of fashionable styles. Whether for going to parties, strolling in the mall, walking around the park, and other casual occasions,  this versatile kick can definitely fit the bill.  

With an undeniable style, the Nike Air Max Tailwind 4 SP can be paired with camo pants, joggers, track pants, distressed denim jeans, and other casual and sporty outfits. Ladies can wear this kick with their miniskirts for a streetwear look with a feminine vibe.

Notable Features

When it comes to quality, the Nike AM Tailwind 4 SP boasts an upper made of durable woven upper. Also, the upper highlights a clean design that brings you back to the 90’s look. 

Aside from the pleasing aesthetics, this lifestyle and retro sneaker features an Air-Sole technology that delivers the lightweight feel and excellent shock absorption. It also provides a soft and responsive ride as well as fantastic underfoot cushioning. 

Nike Air Max Tailwind IV SP History

In 1978, the Nike Tailwind initially debuted in Honolulu Marathon. Eventually, it was released in a large amount the following year. It was the first shoe that was infused with Air-Sole technology. Thanks to Marion Franklin Rudy. He is an aerospace engineer who was behind the brilliant idea of placing a tiny bag of air to the shoe to soften the impact.

Frank Rudy pitched his idea to other 23 shoe companies, but only Phil Knight accepted it. Knight experienced a smooth ride after he took the prototype for a test around the campus of Beaverton. Then, it made a mark on the history of Nike as the Air was born.   

Tailwind has been re-released and reinterpreted several times using different materials in a variety of beautiful colorways. One of its innovative and wonderful models is the low-top Nike Air Max Tailwind IV SP. 

The Nike AM Tailwind 4 SP has a durable woven fabric upper that provides sufficient foot breathability and a fashionable and retro style. The Air-Sole unit is seen on the forefoot and heel areas, providing cushioning and stability. It has flex grooves. 

Nice to know

  • The Nike Air Max Tailwind IV SP comes with two sets of laces, which are the round and flat ones. 
  • Compared to the Nike Air Max Tailwind 4, this iteration has a tonal upper that discarded the plastic overlays on the midfoot area. 
  • It has an EVA footbed that provides underfoot cushioning.
  • SP means Special Project.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Nike Air Max Tailwind IV
Style: Retro, Dad, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Nike Air Max, Nike Air, Nike Air Max Tailwind
Closure: Laces
Material: Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA, Woven / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.