Nike is somewhat known for dropping sneakers in “Wheat” colorways, albeit not too frequently. Perhaps the most noteworthy “Wheat” sneaker iteration from Nike in recent times was that of the LeBron 12, which hit the shelves on April 4th, 2005 and retailed for a whopping $250. The inspiration behind the sneaker was apparently the Air Zoom Generation “Wheat” that LeBron James had worn on February 13th, 2004 when he and Carmelo Anthony had participated in the Rising Stars Challenge. This time around, it is not a Nike silhouette but the Air Jordan 4 that is receiving the “Wheat” treatment and it looks almost like a Timberland boot.
In the past there has even a pair of Timberland boots that looked almost like Air Jordan sneakers. Later in April last year, English rapper Skepta shared a photo of some custom Timberland boots that had apparently been painted on to resemble the Air Jordan 3 “Black/Cement.” He had apparently come across the pair in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles. However, the upcoming Air Jordan 4 featured here is not intentionally mimicking Timblerland boots, but still many online sneaker blogs have started to refer to this “Wheat” colorway as the “Timberland.”
Multiple Instagram users, including @first_pair, @clyde_cc and @2muchsol, had recent posted the very first photos of the Air Jordan 4 “Wheat.” Judging from those and the more recent photos, the uppers appear to be made up of smooth leather with perforated side panels and tongues, all of which completely dressed up in the Wheat hue. The sneaker’s branding, inner linings and midsoles are all tonal, covered in the same Wheat hue, while it is also equipped with Gum Rubber outsoles that add the finish touch.
Along with resembling Timberland boots, the Air Jordan 4 “Wheat” also looks quite premium and is rather fitting for the coming Fall season. Jordan Brand has yet to announce when this sneaker will make its retail debut, so keep checking back.