Ranking the Greatest Air Jordan 5 Colorways Ever Released

  • Air Jordan 5 Green Bean
    10. "Green Bean"

    One of the few sneaker purchases that I’ve made over the years that I immediately regretted. Why? I’m not sure — I just think they were too far removed from something I could see Jordan himself rocking. But now looking back on it, these are classics simply for that reason. The 3M ain’t too shabby, either.

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  • Air Jordan 5 Laney
    9. "Laney"

    Even if it wasn’t such a hot colorway, the Laney version of the Air Jordan V would still be a beloved sneaker simply because it’s the only one from Jordan Brand that honors Mike before he ever made the big time. Taking its name and color scheme from Jordan’s high school, these are the ultimate reminder that hard work can pay off.

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  • Air Jordan 5 Burgundy
    8. "Burgundy"

    During the Jordan V’s unbelievable run in 2006 and 2007, these actually sat on the shelves in many places for weeks. (So did the “Olives.”) That doesn’t even make sense. A weird and unique take on this amazing silhouette, the “Burgundy” joints will always be standouts.

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  • Air Jordan 5 3LAB5 Metallic
    7. "3LAB5 Metallic"

    As part of the “Element” collection, I’ve always loved these joints. In most cases, too much of a good thing — in this case I’m talking elephant print — can wreck any sneaker. However, most likely because of the way the print here only added texture to the upper rather than completely overshadowing it, this 3LAB5 shoe was a masterpiece.

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  • Air Jordan 5 Midnight Navy
    6. "Pre-Grape"

    The newest Jordan V colorway that’s dropping this weekend, the “Midnight Navy” edition (officially now called the “Pre-Grape”) is continuing the V’s history with unique colorways. This shoe works no matter what…no matter if it’s the Green Bean or the Grapes or the Laneys or even the Midnight Navy. Rock these with some light-colored jeans and have the whole game on lock.

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  • Air Jordan 5 Bin 23
    5. "Bin 23"

    Jordan actually laced up a pair of Vs during the 1989-90 season with white laces on. That idea helped inspire this Bin 23 collection. Add in the incredible tumbled leather utilized here, as well as the historical ties to Cincinnati and the Bearcats’ own sneaker history and we’re talking about a legend.

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  • 4. "Raging Bull"

    As part of the exceptional “Raging Bull” pack from 2009 that featured two unique colorways of the Air Jordan V, this red suede edition is easily one of my favorite colorways of any Jordan, ever. Add in clear mesh on the side panels, black details, a perfect 3M reflective tongue, and an icy outsole and this is the type of sneaker you rock when you really want to standout. There are rumors this one is making a comeback this year. I can’t wait.

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  • Air Jordan 5 Grape
    3. "Grape"

    What can be said about the Grapes that hasn’t already been said? One of the most iconic lifestyle sneakers from the Air Jordan line, this colorway first dropped with a collection of apparel beside it. It’s the only original Jordan V colorway that the man never wore on the court.

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  • Air Jordan 5 Fire Red
    2. "Fire Red"

    One of my all-time favorite Jordans sporting my all-time favorite tongue. These have dropped in a number of different color variations over the years but I’ll always be partial to the 2006 release that highlighted a barrage of ridiculous Jordan V retros.

    There is another original colorway that is very similar, though it sports a reflective tongue and reversed black and red colors on the midsole. If we had decided to include that as a different colorway all together–certainly feasible–there’s no doubt it would’ve made this list too.

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  • Air Jordan 5
    1. "Metallic"

    You can’t beat the original, especially when the original looks like this. Throw these on with some jeans and you’ll be looking super lit. The tongue, the webbing, the speckled teeth…it doesn’t get any better.

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  • Air Jordan 5 Green Bean
  • Air Jordan 5 Laney
  • Air Jordan 5 Burgundy
  • Air Jordan 5 3LAB5 Metallic
  • Air Jordan 5 Midnight Navy
  • Air Jordan 5 Bin 23
  • Air Jordan 5 Grape
  • Air Jordan 5 Fire Red
  • Air Jordan 5 "Metallic"

The Air Jordan V might not hold the same esteemed status as classics like the III and XI, but you know what? I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that disliked this silhouette. The inspiration coming together in those awesome teeth along the midsole. The lacelocks. The 3M tongue. Everything Michael Jordan did in them, from scoring a career-high 69 points against Cleveland to coming within one game of his first trip to the NBA Finals during Phil Jackson‘s first year as head coach. All of that makes a great shoe.

When Tinker Hatfield first set out to design this shoe, he compared MJ’s ability to seemingly come from out of nowhere on the court to World War II P-40 Warhawk fighter jets. That became the base for a sneaker that ended up as the perfect balance between on-court performance and off-court style. I don’t think there’s any Jordan that looks better with jeans than the V. Winter, spring, summer or fall, and the Jordan V still looks as incredible and unique as it did when it first released 25 years ago. I love the silhouette so much that I bought seven different pairs during my sophomore year in college in 2006-07, two years that the Jordan V owned.

This Saturday, we’ll see a new “Midnight Navy” colorway of the Jordan V dropping at Champs Sports, proving once again that this shoe can literally look good in any colors. Cop, stunt for the ‘gram, and know the Jordan Brand is only just gearing up for a huge 2015 schedule. The “Midnight Navy” V might not be a classic or original colorway, but as you’ll see here many of the best Air Jordan Vs ever don’t necessarily have strong historical ties. They are just super, super dope.

Today, we’re Ranking the Greatest Air Jordan 5 Colorways Ever Released.

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