Eminem IV / UNDFTD IV Relationship
The Eminem "Encore" IV's are arguably one of most sought after AirJordans of all time. They were made in limited numbers over a decade ago, and they helped promote the Eminem's Encore album through the Very Shady XMas Sweepstakes. Random winners were chosen, and they were gifted with a pair of these beauties. For all the Eminem IV fans out there, here's an interesting tidbit on why the colorway was chosen...
Eminem didn't even put this colorway together. Word on the street is, Em stumbled across an old Sample at the Nike WHQ and instantly fell in love. Eddie Cruz from Undefeated was actually the one who helped design these IV's. He said that this color combination was inspired by the colors of his Blackberry phone of all things! These must have been Sampled during the design process of his infamous Undefeated Air Jordan IV.
Maybe Em was drawn to these because of a possibly Detroit influence? Who knows. This is all speculation, but it's definitely an interesting take on how an obscure influence can potentially go under the radar. Maybe we'll see a Retro pack of both IV's in the near future?