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Ushering in a new decade in 1990, Nike introduced the fifth model in Michael Jordan’s iconic signature sneaker series — the Air Jordan V. The shoe’s design was inspired by the Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII, a World War II era British fighter jet. Crafted by the legendary Tinker Hatfield, the Air Jordan V was the first basketball shoe to feature 3M reflective material, a clear sole and was the first Air Jordan to come equipped with lacelocks.
The Air Jordan V was also largely identifiable by its graphics. ‘AIR JORDAN’ was featured on the backside of the tongue, while ’23’ was embroidered on the heel. Those same two graphics are printed on the Jordan Brand’s new Retro 5 23 Archive T-Shirts.
Available in White, Black and Cement, these Jordan T-Shirts come complete with screen printed graphics, including a classic elephant print backdrop. Complement your recent Jordan pickup by grabbing one of these tees here today.
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Without a doubt one of the most popular Jordan shoes in the entire Air Jordan line, the “Metallic” Air Jordan V will make a return to retail tonight. Worn by Michael Jordan during the 1989-1990 NBA season, the highly coveted shoe features a black nubuck upper, clear netted side paneling, 3M reflective tongue, metallic silver “teeth” detailing on the midsole and a translucent rubber outsole. Additionally, just like when the shoe last re-released in 2007, the shoes have been embroidered with MJ’s number “23” on the heels like his original Player Exclusives.
What exactly did Michael Jordan accomplish in the Air Jordan V? While we may remember the 1989-1990 season as his last without a championship under his belt, he continued to excel as an individual. Michael won his fourth of seven-straight scoring titles, averaging 33.6 points per game. Additionally, his “Airness” recorded 6.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists and a league leading 2.8 steals per outing. Jordan was named to the NBA All-Star team, First Team All-NBA and First Team All-Defense. Not a bad year of work for the greatest to ever do it.
In preparation for tonight’s big release, Sole Shots takes a trip down memory lane, showcasing some of the best photos of the “Metallic” Air Jordan V from members of the Sole Collector forum and sneaker enthusiasts from around the world. Check out the flicks below and pick up your “Metallic” Air Jordan Retro 5 from Eastbay at midnight.
Air Butchie Productions, Pasadena, California
Uncle aka UnclesFoto, Toronto Canada
Piotrek Lakowski aka Laq, Warsaw Poland
ILLESTMF, Stockton, California
Alvan Cheng, Hong Kong, China
LSean, Toronto, Canada
Pat Lauder aka quickster, Gilroy, California
baktrak15, Rio Grande Valley, Texas
If you’re interested in submitting your photos for Sole Shots, e-mail us at email@example.com. Please include your name and location with your submissions. You also have the option of providing us with a link to your online photo album or website to link back to when we post your work. You do not have to be a registered member of Sole Collector to participate.
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Get yourself geared up for our nation’s 235th Independence Day by picking up this patriotic pair of Retro 5s from the Jordan Brand this weekend. Featuring a mix of white full-grain and patent leather on the upper, the shoe is accented by very American varsity red and midnight navy hits on the tongue, inner liner, branding and midsole. Adding the finishing touch below is a blue-tinted translucent outsole.
You can pick up this new Air Jordan Retro 5 and other new Jordan shoes today over at Eastbay.
Check out the latest shots of the AJF5 Grape below.
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With the football season coming soon, it makes sense for this version of Eastbay Memory Lane to go back a decade to check out the May 2000 “Get Out There” catalog. In the 10 years since this catalog, cleated footwear has come a long, long way. They are more light weight, more stable and much more flashy with tons of different colors and materials. This particular football themed cover features the Nike Air Zoom Apocalypse in Black and Silver.
Flipping to Page 3 you’ll see the cover cleat along with 3 Eastbay Exclusive colors. You’ll also see Heisman Trophy winner and former Oakland Raider Charles Woodson next to the Nike Super Speed D Low & 3/4 which Eastbay had 6 Exclusive colors of. It’s a reoccurring theme for Eastbay to have Exclusive colors as the Zoom Twitch D came in 3 like the Apocalypse.
Page 7 was the Reebok Cleat page that “The Freak” Jevon Kearse was featured below the Reebok Pro Shroud DMX cleat. Eastbay had 7 colors of this cleat with 5 being Exclusive. Kearse won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award and was a Reebok front man for a some years after. Also featured on page 7 was stud WR Joey Galloway by the Reebok Slipper D II cleat. Again Eastbay had 6 Exclusives.
The Jordan gear took up page 17. Take a look at those bucket hats, the TWO3 Stivale boot, five variations of the AJ XV and the Jordan V in Black/Silver. This was before the Retro craze really exploded.
Last but not least is Page 41, the Race Day footwear. I’ll just let the page speak for itself but look at all that Neon.