Eastbay Memory Lane // Air Jordan 5 Retro ‘Laney’ April 2000

Eastbay Memory Lane // Air Jordan 5 Retro ‘Laney’ April 2000

words // Brandon Richard

Tomorrow, the ‘Laney’ Air Jordan 5 Retro will return for the first time since its 2000 release. In addition to being a tribute to Michael Jordan’s North Carolina high school, the ‘Laney’ 5 is significant because it was the first ever ‘Retro+’ colorway, meaning a style that was not part of the original lineup. Now, there are more new colorways than originals and you can point to the Bucs-inspired 5 Retro as the starting point for that kind of success.

For Eastbay Memory Lane, we flash back to April 2000, when the yet-to-be-released ‘Laney’ 5 graced the pages of our catalog. The classic retro is joined by the Air Jordan XV, arguably the most polarizing model in the entire Jordan series. You’ll also see the Trunner Mid, Jumpman select and Eddie Jones’ Swift 6.

What do you remember about 2000, when the Jordan Brand moved past MJ’s playing career and started focusing more on the retro market? Did you own a pair of the original ‘Laney’ Jordan shoes?

Eastbay Memory Lane // Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Laney' April 2000

Air Jordan 5 Retro Toddler – ‘Laney’

Air Jordan 5 Retro Toddler – ‘Laney’

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This Saturday marks the highly anticipated return of the ‘Laney’ Air Jordan 5, a blue and gold accented colorway that pays homage to Michael Jordan’s time at Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. At Laney, MJ averaged about 20 points per game in his final two season. In his senior year, Jordan was selected to the McDonald’s All-American Team after averaging a triple-double: 29.2 points, 11.6 rebounds and 10.1 assists.

With the ‘Laney’ 5 being a tribute to a younger Michael Jordan, it’s fitting that we take a look at the popular retro in a size made for his younger fanbase. The toddler retro features a white tumbled leather upper, plastic mesh panels, black on the inner lining and heel Jumpman logo and a kid-friendly grey rubber outsole.

You’ll be able to pick up these Jordan shoes in sizes ranging from men’s to infant here this Saturday, November 2 at 8:00 a.m. EST. Receive release updates and information by following @Eastbay on Twitter and @OfficialEastbay on Instagram.

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