The year of the Air Jordan V represented a turning point for Michael Jordan. MJ donned that shoe during the 1989-90 season, his sixth campaign in the NBA. Even at that time, everyone knew he was a great player–Jordan had already won Rookie of the Year, the Defensive Player of the Year, was named an MVP, and had made the All-Star Game in every season with Chicago–but up until that point, Jordan had won just 14 of 37 career playoff games and only four playoff series overall.
So that season, Jordan let it be known: He wasn’t going to lose in the playoffs again.
Of course, we all know what happened. Jordan and the Bulls forced a Game 7 against the Bad Boy Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals, only to get blown out on the road as Scottie Pippen dealt with a migraine. This was the last season Jordan would ever be called a “loser.”
As for the shoes, well, they were once again extraordinary. Inspired by World War II fighter planes–see the midsole teeth?–the shoe came with unique lace locks and sported a 3M reflective tongue, along with mesh netting. Though the shoe has never truly embraced the low cut, this year we’ve already seen the “Dunk From Above” and “Alternate ’90” colorways, and this “Fire Red” release has a similar color scheme to the iconic “Fire Red” original release.
Available this Saturday at Champs Sports will be the low-top “Fire Red” Air Jordan V, a colorway that, as an original release, is arguably the greatest Air Jordan V ever.
A legendary colorway for the Air Jordan V is now coming for the first time as a low-top. Michael Jordan wasn’t always rocking lows in games, but now you can. For the first time.