The Nike Air Jordan 5 first graced the court in 1990, at a time when Michael Jordan was still yet to claim an NBA championship. The shoe, designed by long-time Jordan Brand collaborator Tinker Hatfield, was originally released via four colorways, getting its first retro at the start of the new Millenium.
Tinker drew inspiration from a World War II fighter plane for the shoe’s design, taking note of a particular edition of the jet that featured shark-like teeth graphic work. You’ll find that reference point on the midsole of Jordan 5 sneakers past and present.
Since 1990, we’ve been treated to a host of Jordan 5 drops, including a number of collabs with the likes of Supreme and more recently, Off-White™. While rumors of new Virgil-involved and Travis Scott collab editions continue to keep us up at night, there are still plenty of Air Jordan 5 sneakers available at resale to make the wait more bearable.
The aforementioned Off-White™ spin on the Jordan 5 dropped during All-Star Weekend earlier this month. First getting a glimpse of it at Paris Fashion Week, this piece takes on the deconstructed aesthetic oft-favored by Virgil Abloh.
An ultra-hyped sneaker, the Supreme take on the silhouette became an instant grail when it dropped back in 2015. One of three joint-effort colorways released, the desert camo edition is by far the most striking.
The “Laney” colorway, one of the four originals, was inspired by the team colors of Michael Jordan’s high school in Wilmington, North Carolina. It first saw its release in 2000 and was retro’d in 2013. An all-time classic.
Continuing the theme of the shoe above, the “Laney Varsity Royal” remixed the OG colorway with reflective silver tongues and a blue upper.
Marking the first time that Jordan Brand has collaborated with a soccer team, the PSG x Air Jordan 5 dropped in 2018. Combining the Jumpman branding with that of the French team, the collab project also saw PSG play in Jordan Brand jerseys.
The Michigan Wolverines are one of the top college basketball teams sponsored by Jordan Brand, and this sneaker, released in 2019, is an homage to the team.
A true Jordan icon, the “Grape” is another one of the original four 1990 Air Jordan 5 colorways, and this version dropped in 2013. Might be a while before we see another one.
Like the “Grape” this was also part of the OG 1990 lineup and received a retro release in 2016.
Putting a luxe spin on the “Bred” colorway that’s intertwined with the brand and the Chicago Bulls, this sneaker is decked out in shiny black satin across its upper and features reflective tongues.
Like the “Bred” colorway, “Cement” is an important part of Jordan history. Making its way to this Jordan 5 release that dropped in 2017, this piece also comes with a 3M-featuring tongue and icy blue outsole.
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