Air Jordan V
Tinker Hatfield's design of the Air Jordan V was inspired by a fighter jet called the Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII, a World War II era British fighter jet. Tinker used “teeth” on the midsole to give the AJ V an aggressive look, making the parallel between the way Jordan played and the way fighter planes maneuvered and attacked the battlefield.
The Air Jordan V had many firsts. It was the first Air Jordan to use a clear (or translucent) outsole, it was the first shoe to make use of molded foam in the shoe's ankle collar, it was also the first to be included with a unique set of lace locks.
A last first for the Air Jordan V, was that it was the first in the signature line to use 3M reflective material as a central part of the shoe's design. It's believed that Tinker featured the 3M material on the shoe's tongue to make the shoes pop for camera flashes as Jordan drove to the basket.
He was of the thought that it was only in snapshots of MJ that he believed the sneaker would really “shine.” What better way to sell his design than to have them literally glaring at you in a poster of Mike dunking on Patrick Ewing? The photographer’s flash would set off the 3M tongue at any moment of Michael Jordan’s brilliance, thus providing a perfect compliment to any poster or Sports Illustrated cover.
White/Grape Ice-New Emerald
White / Black – Fire Red
Black / Black – Metallic Silver
Laney High School White / Varsity Royal – Varsity Maize
White / Metallic Silver – Black
Black / University Blue – White
Green Beans Silver-Green Bean-Flint Grey
Women's - White/Fire Red-Sunset-Dark Cinder
White/Grape Ice-New Emerald
White / Sport Royal / Stealth
Women's - Silver / Shy Pink – Stealth
Undefeated Olive/Oiled Suede-Flight Satin
Deep Burgundy / Flint Grey – White
White / Fire Red – Black
Low White / University Blue – Team Red
Laser White / Army Olive – Solar Orange – Bison
Retro Black / Metallic Silver – Red 23
White / Black – Metallic Silver
White/Dark Cinder-Dark Army-Del Sol
Black/Black-Metallic Silver "Bin 23"
Varsity Maize/Anthracite-Wolf Grey-Black "Tokyo 23"
Light Graphite/White-Wolf Grey
White/Radiant Green-Black-Metallic Silver "Quai 54"
White/Varsity Red-Midnight Navy
Black/Varsity Red-Metallic Silver
White/New Emerald-Grape Ice-Black
Black/New Emerald-Grape Ice-Black
Sequoia/Fire Red-Medium Olive-Black
3LAB5 Cement Grey/Gamma Blue-Black
Black/Varsity Maize-Varsity Royal-Black "Shanghai"
Cool Grey/Club Pink-Court Purple-Game Royal "Fresh Prince"
White/Varsity Maize-Varsity Royal-Black
3LAB5 Black/Infrared 23
3LAB5 Black/Black-Metallic Silver
Midnight Navy/Turquoise Blue-White
White/Infrared 23-Light Poison Green-Black
SUPREME X JORDAN Bamboo/Black-Classic Stone-Chino
SUPREME X JORDAN Black/Fire Red
SUPREME X JORDAN White/Fire Red-Black
Did you know, did you know, did you know?
- The Air Jordan V was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the cover headline: "YOUR SNEAKERS OR YOUR LIFE" regarding the 1989 murder of a 15 year old high school student named Michael Eugene Thomas who was chocked to death by one of his peers for a pair of Air Jordans.
- Michael Jordan scored a career high 69 points on March 28, 1990 versus the Cleveland Cavaliers wearing the White/Black-Fire Red coloway of the Air Jordan V. MJ also had 18 boards, six assists, and four steals. The Bulls won the game by 4 points in Double OT. Less well known is the fact that Jordan got angry at the crowd after they cheered early in the game when he was on the floor recovering from a hard foul from John Williams. Jordan got so angry that he told defender Craig Ehlo, ”Listen man, I’m hitting everything, so I’m gonna tell you what I’m gonna do this time and see if you can stop it. You know you can’t stop it. You know you can’t stop this. You can’t guard me. “I’m gonna catch it on the left elbow, and then I’m gonna drive to the left to the baseline, and then I’m gonna pull up and shoot my fadeaway.” He made it, of course.
- The Air Jordan V was featured on the '90s TV show 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' more than any other sneaker on the show due to the fact that Will Smith was wearing them in the opening credits.