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Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Nike Air Penny IV History
Unveiled to basketball sneaker fans more than 15 years after it was first released, the retro Nike Air Penny IV had its fitting comeback in 2013. The shoe is the last of the Nike collaborations with Penny Hardaway when he was with the Orlando Magic.
Originally released in 1998, the Hardway collaboration was the fourth installment and the most memorable for the Orlando Magic star who donned this sneaker at the peak of his career. The shoe was designed by Eric Avar, the same creative genius also behind basketball kicks such as the famous Kobe Bryant line, the Nike Foamposite, and the original Hyperdunk.
With the original Orlando colorway representing the team’s black and blue colors. The shoe feature tumbled leather with synthetic nubuck overlays on its ankle strap. The shoe is also equipped still with a reliable Air Max unit as heel cushioning but missing in action is the forefoot Zoom Air unit that has been present in the 1998 release.
After its re-issue, other colorways that pay tribute to Hardaway’s heydays in Orlando came out that include the Black Blue color variation. Another variation of the Nike Air Penny IV was released in April 2017 that includes the True Red colorway representing the time when Penny Hardaway spent his time playing for the Miami Heat.
Nike Air Penny IV Style
With noticeable 1-Cent logo badges, details at the tongue, side panel and the bottom that serve as a fitting symbol of a Penny Hardaway presence, the style of the Nike Air Penny IV was inspired by another classic, the Air Jordans by designer Tinker Hatfield, that is often seen offering retro releases.
The original Black and Blue colorway representing the Orlando Magic’s colors are further highlighted by the unique collar strap and visible Max Air cushioning at the heel back. All premium leather upper material is accented by parallel stitching while popular soles with herringbone patterns complete the look of this 1990s retro sneaker that does not only look pretty dominating on the court but also on the streets as it transitions into a lifestyle basketball sneaker.
Fit & Sizing
The Nike Air Max Penny IV runs true to size with a perfect fitting on the feet. The snug fit is maintained by a one-piece all-leather upper and hidden lacing system secured by a wide adjustable ankle strap to secure the feet and support various court movements. The basketball shoe is in standard medium width – D issued for men. Size ranges from US size 7 to 13.
Aside from its retro sneaker looks, the Nike Air Penny IV’s most notable features are the visible Max Air heel cushioning, the Phylon midsole, and the adjustable ankle straps. All these together with the premium leather upper material make the shoe a solid and reliable sneaker on and off the court.
- As early as 2013, other colorways of the Nike Air Penny have released aside from the Black-blue “Orlando” colorway. These are the “Copper” and “True Red or Chicago” colorways.
- Among celebrities spotted wearing Nike Air Penny silhouettes include T.I., Earl Clark. Bow Wow, DJ Kast One, Victor Cruz, and Eminem.