Union x Air Jordan 4 “Desert Moss”
Color: Desert Moss/Turquoise Blue-Dark Iris
Style Code: DJ5718-300
Release Date: June 2021
Union LA is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021, and the Chris Gibbs-helmed outfit has tapped some of its biggest collaborative partners to aid in the festivities. None, however have made more noise than Jordan Brand, and after a first Union LA x Air Jordan 4 was revealed in April we now have a look at a second collaboration: the Union LA x Air Jordan 4 “Desert Moss.”
Thanks to its unique material construction and unexampled stitched-down tongue, Union LA’s Air Jordan 4 has always garnered a healthy amount of interest and conversation. The “Desert Moss” is sure to further that ethos, as it’s easily Union’s most wildly-colored AJ4 yet. The eponymous “Desert Moss” hue, a rich yellow, is used on the suede mudguards and eyestays. It’s quickly contrasted by “Dark Iris” mesh toeboxes, quarters and collars.
The quarter panel serves as a base for some of the shoe’s most interesting details, namely white midfoot netting and filled-in “wings,” done up in translucent plastic. “Turquoise Blue” is introduced into the mix on the bottom eyelets, tongue badge and heels. On the last of these pieces, it’s equipped with a purple Nike Air hit for classic style.
Rounding off the look is the aforementioned folded-down tongue itself, done up in a natural tone to match the midsoles. Aqua Air Max units, two sets of flecked laces and a duo of unique hangtags — one of which repurposes Union LA’s OG logo — add a sprinkle of shoe-finalizing flair.