The original Air Jordan V was released in February of 1990. Again, this Air Jordan designed by Tinker Hatfield, and like his other designs, this was again truly revolutionary. Some elements were the same from the Air Jordan IV, but the V’s most distinctive feature is arguably its reflective tongue. There was also another new innovation: clear rubber soles, which may or may not have been a good move on Hatfield’s part. The soles gave the shoe a whole new and unique look, but it quickly turned yellow in reaction to water. Collectors’ responses to this was storing the shoes in a cool, dry place with a dessicant at the soles, most commonly silica packs. The Jordan V also came with lacelocks, making strapping on easy.
Hatfield is rumored to have drawn inspiration for the AJV from the World War II Mustang fighter plane; easily seen in the shark teeth shapes on the midsole. The V was retroed in 2000 to great demand, including a new colorway featuring Michael Jordan’s high school (Laney High) colors. It is also schedules for several 2006 re-retros.
White/Grape Ice-New Emerald
White/Varsity Royal-Varsity Maize
White/Black-Fire Red 23
Black/Black-Metallic Silver 23
White/Black-Fire Red (green net)
Black/Black-Metallic Silver (blue net)
Black/Black-Metallic Silver (yellow net)