The Air Jordan V was always one of my favorite sneakers. It was just perfect. You had that reflective tongue, that monster of a thing that allowed you to wear your pants however you wanted to, whether cuffing them behind it or leaving them over the top. There were also the lace locks and even the translucent rubber soles, which did yellow over time but still did the job. Finally, there were those teeth, reportedly inspired by World War II fighter planes.
Said designer Tinker Hatfield, “He [Michael Jordan] would be floating around the edges of the game and come out of nowhere and attack…As I worked through the design of the shoe, I thought I’d make it look a little bit like a fighter plane.”
Available today at Champs Sports is the classic “Metallic Silver” colorway, a retro that hasn’t released in 15 years. It’s coming at the perfect time, too, with the nice weather here. An all-white sneaker, particularly one like this that’ll most likely have you walking like a duck to protect it from taking too much damage too soon, is tough to wear in the winter. But now? You’re golden.
Originally released in February of 1990, a little over a year before Michael Jordan would win his first championship and change the entire landscape forever, the V was the sneaker No. 23 wore during the ’89-90 season when he led the NBA with a ridiculous 2.8 steals per game and an equally ridiculous 33.6 points per game. This was also the sneaker he wore during the greatest individual game of his career, scoring 69 points against Cleveland.
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