Sneakerheads have likely not forgotten the Air Jordan 5 iteration that Jordan Brand recently dropped, which drew inspiration from the Rio 2015 Summer Olympics. The pair seen here kind of looks nothing like it and sneakerheads probably do not recognize it, but it is actually an Air Jordan 5 “Olympic” pair that has been customized. Astrotorf Customs, who is known for collecting, customizing, selling and trading retro Air Jordan sneakers, is the one responsible for customizing this Air Jordan 5 iteration. This is not even the first time Astrotorf has customized an Air Jordan 5 pair, but he does not exclusively work on Air Jordan colorways.
The individual behind Astrotorf Customs is Brad Torf. Back in 2013, he had customized an Air Jordan 5 pair to resemble Air Jordan 4 “White Cement,” which returned in 2016 in its OG ’89 version. Jordan Brand has never dropped the Air Jordan 5 in a “White Cement” colorway, so apparently Brad decided to take matters into his own hands. Drawing inspiration from Air Jordan 4 “White Cement,” his earlier Air Jordan 5 custom featured all-White uppers that had been dressed up in a combination of Black- and Grey-colored detailing. He has once again coupled this Air Jordan 5 with borrowed elements from another Air Jordan.
It turns out that his time Brad Torf got inspired by the limited Air Jordan 12 Retro “Wings” that Jordan Brand had dropped back in April. The collar and heel areas, and a portion of the toe boxes have been covered in the same Black- and Gold-colored “Wings” accent that was meant to become visible on the Air Jordan 12 once its overlays would wear out. It seems that he left the signature Metallic Gold-colored tongue of this pair intact, which makes it obvious that it is the “Olympic (Gold Medal)” rendition. However, the rest of its uppers are also mostly covered in Black, with the exception of side meshing, and it also has the icy, translucent outsoles.
Air Jordan 5 Olympic (Gold Medal)