Not all Jordanheads may agree that Air Jordan 5 is the “Greatest Air Jordan of All Time” but Tinker Hatfield certainly seems to believe that it is the best silhouette he has designed for Jordan Brand. Tinker began designing for Jordan Brand with the Air Jordan 3 and while the Air Jordan 5 is regarded as a modified version of the Air Jordan 4, the fifth model is far advanced. Not only the silhouette of the Air Jordan 5, but its embroidered NIKE AIR logos, reflective tongues and translucent rubber outsoles make this fact quite obvious. The last time the Air Jordan 5 hit the shelves was back in 1999 and now it is scheduled to jordan releases this month too.
Apparently, Tinker had not known Michael Jordan very well when he began designing the Air Jordan 3. With the Air Jordan 4, Tinker apparently wanted to see if he could use his fresh experience with Jordan Brand and take things a step further with the next model. It was when he started working on the Air Jordan 5 that Tinker had grown to know the G.O.A.T. quite well and a relationship had developed between the two, which kind of polished his own design process. The fighter plane-influence and -inspiration for the Air Jordan 5 came from an old World War II movie that Tinker had watched at that time.
The P-51 Mustang fighter planes from the World War II era used to feature “Flying Tiger” nose art. That artwork served as the source of inspiration for the aggressive-looking “teeth” pattern that has become a signature addition on the midsoles of the Air Jordan 5. Although rather subtle, the Air Jordan 5 also happens to be much sleeker than its predecessors because of its distinctive asymmetrical ankle collar. This is also intentional since Tinker had designed the silhouette to actually have an airplane-shape, without being too obvious.
Everyone reading this post may not have guessed or known this but the reflective tongues of the Air Jordan 5 are the model’s center of attention. Not only did Tinker do something unexpected and unique by using 3M material for the tongues, they also sported embroidered Jumpman logos. Thus, the Air Jordan 5 had made its debut 26 years ago in a “Black/Metallic” colorway and it was 17 years ago when its retro version still featured the Nike Air logo. Now, the Air Jordan 5 “Black/Metallic” is set to return once again in OG form on June 23rd and it will retail at a price of $220.