Nike Brought Back Penny Hardaway’s Sneakers From the Late ’90s

Nike Sportswear’s nostalgic retro sneaker releases continue beyond the holiday season with the launch of a Penny Hardaway classic.

The Nike Air Penny 4 debuted in 1998 and was last seen in 2006, making it a full decade since the Hardaway-endorsed sneakers were available. Today, Nike released a new Orlando Magic-inspired colorway that’s sure to drum up some memories of the former NBA standout.

Nike Air Penny 4
The Nike Air Penny 4 is back for the first time since 2006.
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Although this is not an exact replica of Penny’s 1998 Orlando Magic “Away” colorway, it’s arguably even better than the original. The 2017 iteration features an icy translucent outsole, a first for the retro hoops sneaker. It’s also been given some added color with royal blue underlays reminiscent of Hardaway’s iconic Air Foamposite One, a sneaker that’s also due for a retro run in 2017.

Nike Air Penny 4
This Nike Air Penny 4 “Dark Neon Royal” colorway features piping reminiscent of the Air Foamposite One.
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While sneakerheads will have to wait a little bit longer for a chance at the 20th anniversary Air Foamposite One release, these Penny 4s are available now. Nike dropped the “Dark Neon Royal” colorway with little warning today on SNKRS, where a full run of adult sizes are still available.

Nike Air Penny 4 “Dark Neon Royal,” $160, nike.com

Nike Air Penny 4
An aerial view of the Nike Air Penny 4.
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Nike Air Penny 4
The Nike Air Penny 4 “Dark Neon Royal” features a translucent outsole.
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