When it comes to doing it for the ‘gram, there are legions of wannabes out there trying their hardest to look cool. Filters. Stealing pictures. Making up stories. I’ve seen it all. But sometimes all it takes is one strong sneaker…and if you have a pair of the Air Jordan V, anyone can look good.
One of my favorite pairs of sneakers is still the “Fire Red” retro of the Air Jordan V from 2006. I fell in love with that tongue almost immediately. The red Jumpman on the black was just perfect, especially when contrasted with the white upper. Since then, the shoe has fallen on hard times, the mesh netting yellowing because my mother decided to randomly throw the box out — don’t want to talk about it — but the shoe still holds a special value to me.
And it’s like that with just about every pair of Vs that I own. Whether they’re original colors or not, they always seem to connect. Add in key design factors like the tongue, the mesh netting, the fighter jet teeth on the midsole, the lace locks — all stuff that the Jordan Brand had never done before — and combine them with the shoe’s history on the court and you have something special.
With the new “Midnight Navy” colorway of the Jordan V releasing this weekend at Champs Sports, we already know IG is going to be littered with the shoe. To get you prepared to stunt by giving you a few examples on how to do it, Here Are Instagram’s Hottest Pictures of the Air Jordan 5.
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