For a sneaker so loved by just about everyone within the sneaker community, the Air Jordan V is often overshadowed by its more famous brothers. It’s surrounded by classics. The Air Jordan VI was the sneaker Michael Jordan wore when he won his very first NBA championship, and the Infrared colorway is considered one of the 5-7 greatest sneakers ever in the signature line. The Air Jordan IV and III were both classics that not only saved the Air Jordan line, they did things no basketball sneakers had ever done before, pushing the shoes toward all-time status.
The Air Jordan V? It was a step in the right direction for both the player and the brand, but Mike didn’t win a title in it and the sneaker’s most defining characteristic — becoming the first basketball sneaker to ever use reflective 3M technology — is something that’s developed sort of a love/hate relationship with the sneaker culture due to its rampant use at times over the last few years.
However, the one thing the V has going for it is that it’s arguably the most safe Air Jordan, in the sense that no matter what colorway JB decides to release, it always comes out looking fresh. Very rarely will you see a pair come out and not draw interest. One of the few times I saw that happen was during the sneaker’s big 2006-07 run. Both the Olive and Burgundy colorways sat on shelves for weeks…and yet now they’re considered two of the sneaker’s best colorways ever.
This weekend, we’ll be seeing the new “Midnight Navy” colorway of the Air Jordan V dropping at Champs Sports. We’re betting you’re planning to cop but if you don’t know your history, you’ll just look stupid.
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