First released in 1990, the AIR JORDAN 5 is known as the fifth signature performance shoe of Michael Jordan. At that time the Chicago Bulls were exposed to the utter dominance from the Detroit Pistons. Not even 47 points from MJ were enough to knock them down – too little, too late. That also meant they had to face elimination the third time straight on hand of the Bad Boys featuring Isiah Thomas and Dennis Rodman. The final stop: Eastern Conference Finals. But they would get their redemption eventually. Six times to be exact.
Inspired by the „Mustang“ combat aircraft, innovative features particularly in style along with performance ability debuted. Designed by Nike-designing legend Tinker Hatfield, a lot of hints deliberately featured, especially on the midsole's „teeth“. Mesh windows on the shoe's side provide for an amazing breathability while the AJ V's tongue is reflective. Furthermore the transparent rubber outsole had its first appearance on a Jordan shoe. Also debuting, the lace lock-system awarded the Jordan signature its unique and recognizable look. Apart from the outward appearance, the lock-system also fulfilled functional purposes. Through lace fixation a stable footing is ensured.
All these attributes are parts of the successful story the Air Jordan 5 wrote. Successful, but not finished in any means – that always has been a MJ certified attitude. To work beyond perfection. That is why the JORDAN BRAND keeps releasing new collections, new colorways, paired with new ideas. The latest one: „Dunk From Above“! Once again inspired by the one and only Michael Jordan. Based on his seemingly endless hangtime and thunderous dunks this collection wisely selects appropriate color shades and materials, connected to its name. In the AJ V's case the white leather upper along with blue highlights on the sidepanel, tongue and outsole refers to the sky. A golden lace-lock and the midsole's, as well, golden shark teeth put the icing on the cake. Jumpman, Jumpman, that boy's up to something!
Michael Jordan 1990: 47 points vs Pistons (Game 3)
Spike Lee as Mars Blackmon Nike Air Jordan 5 Commercial