Michael Jordan made some incredible memories in the Air Jordan V. From hitting Cleveland for his best game ever in the V to scoring 89 points in back-to-back games against the Detroit “Bad Boys” in the Eastern Conference Finals, the V represents a unique time in Jordan’s legacy. It was a sneaker that hit just before the storm, just as MJ was on the cusp of becoming a legend, an icon.
Available this Saturday at Champs Sports, the Jordan V Low “Alternate ’90” features the legendary Chicago Bulls colors, complete with a Black upper, Metallic Hematite tongue, and Gym Red accents. The shoe’s most striking aspect might be those loud teeth, especially with the speckles you see here. It’s a part of the silhouette that’s always stood out, incorporating the inspiration that was originally conceived by designer Tinker Hatfield: World War II fighter plane to represent Jordan’s grace and style in the air.
The sneaker is also a part of the Air Jordan Retro “Alternate” collection, which is releasing specific Jordans in colorways that could’ve been Mike’s had the player actually had player exclusives back in the day. It’s also one of the most important sneaker releases of the month, the rare low-top that actually draws hype during the cold winter.
This “Alternate ’90” Air Jordan V Low never released back in the day, but judging by this new “Alternate” collection (that also included a killer Jordan IV colorway), it appears Jordan Brand wishes it had.
Oh, what could have been.