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Air Jordan 5 Low 'Alternate'

Inspired by the World War II fighter plane, the Mustang, Tinker Hatfield took a lot of design from these legendary planes for the Air Jordan 5, and minimal features from the previous four Air Jordans. Most evident in the “teeth” on the midsole, Hatfield thought Jordan’s playstyle was similar to how a fighter plane strikes. He said like the fighter, Jordan was known for “floating around the edges of the game and comes out of nowhere to attack.”

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The Air Jordan 5 is a classic Jordan silhouette, and Nike released an off court colorway as well. Nike released the ‘Grape’ colorway so Jordan fans could stunt on the streets as well. Arguably it was Will Smith who made the AJ 5 ‘Grape’ popular by rocking them on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The AJ 5 was first retroed in 2000, and now it is coming around again in a Low version in 2016.

Unique flairs pepper the design of the Air Jordan 5, as stated the “teeth” borrowed from P-51 Mustang fighter adds intrigue to the silhouette. The sneaker features mesh netting on the tongue and side panels and a unique lace lock. Tinker Hatfield added 3M reflective material to the tongue to catch camera flashes during epic Jordan moments on court. The AJ 5 was the first Jordan silhouette to have a clear outsole.

Constructed with black nubuck, the AJ 5 Low ‘Alternate’ rocks the Chicago Bulls’ signature hues of black on the upper and red on the liner, midsole, Jumpman logos, lace locks, and translucent outsole. The grey tongue on this sneaker bears the reflective material of the AJ 5’s of the past. This colorway would have been worn by Michael Jordan, if Nike had been making alternate colorways when it originally released.

The Air Jordan 5 Low ‘Alternate’ drops on Saturday, January 30th, in stores only, and will be available at all stores. These kicks will be in Men’s for $175, grade schoolers’ for $120, preschoolers’ for $75, and toddlers’ for $55, so contact your local City Gear for details.