Sneaker News Top 30 Sneakers of 2011

December 29th, 2011 by | 42 comments



#12 – AIR JORDAN V RETROS

In any other year, such a heaping helping of Air Jordan V Retros probably would have ended up quite a bit higher on this list, but 2011 was no ordinary year for Air Jordan Retro releases. Especially with the Air Jordan III being so well represented, the V’s took the backseat a little bit – still receiving a warm reception from consumers, but without the hoopla you might expect to see for the fan-favorite from the classic Air Jordan era. That’s not to say that Jordan Brand wasn’t coming with the heat, fearlessly trotting out this 1990 classic in a group of new colorways, as well as a quick revisit to one of the most endearing OG looks.

The latest wave of AJV retros also brought a bit of light to what may become a permanent modification on retro releases, the bluer shade of the translucent outsoles that was quite the topic of debate among the sneaker community this past year. After the Cool Grey XI’s came with the wet look last year, the Air Jordan V’s of 2011 seem to suggest that we should expect the tinted treatment going forward. Despite the minor changes to the materials and finer details of the OG Black/Metallic Silver version, the year was filled with an eclectic slew of Air Jordan V variations that gave fans of the model plenty to sink their teeth into in the last twelve months.

The lineup we saw this year was split down the middle between general release models and a set of exclusive drops that required a bit of work and cash if you wanted to get your hands on a pair. Anchoring the pack was August’s OG Black Air Jordan V, an original colorway that last popped up in 2007. Even heads who still owned a pair from the last go-around went back to the well on these, looking for a re-up on the aforementioned icy soles. Prior to those no-brainers, we saw the ‘Wolf Grey’ back in May, a versatile get-up that went a few shades off the beaten path, switching up the ‘Cool Grey’ formula for a different approach on the smooth nubuck body. The Independence Day flavored joints came in early July with a patriotic color scheme applied to the shoe with traditional AJV colorblocking.

Then there was the upper echelon of Air Jordan V releases, including the black leather Premio version that served as the latest chapter in the high end Bin 23 series and the Quai 54 colorway that never made its way stateside; that is, except for the super limited black version that made its way to only VIP members of the Jordan Brand friends and family circle. The list doesn’t even stop there, with the gone-in-a-flash Tokyo 23 drop, featuring a stunning yellow nubuck upper reminiscent of the Air Jordan IV ‘Lightning’. All in all, we’d say that’s a pretty good way to celebrate your 21st birthday, so hats off to this set of Air Jordan V retros which comes in, perhaps unfairly underrated, at number 12.





40 comments
gump
gump

yall niqqas hella wack imma have to go wit da pewter foamposites or the electric blue foams very nice shoes bitches haha

Freshh
Freshh

Come on, banned one was crazy honestly a AJ 1 retro with nike tag and premium leather! thats always a good shoe in my book

fps167
fps167

the Pine pros imo...

GERM$
GERM$

Jeremy scott adidas should not have ever made this list!

SMH
SMH

MJ don't need your p*ssy b!tch he on his own d!ck

Da Kang
Da Kang

pretty proud of my self this yr as a rookie sneakerhead... i allways had freash kicks but not this many.. my list goes 1.concords 2.bordeauxs 3.white cement,true blue,black cement,black history month (bhm),black flip retro 3s 4.space jam dunk lows 5.wolf grey,black metalic retro 5s 6.retro blue foamposite pro 7.air jordan 2011 black /black "the sleeper of the yr" many more cops but they didnt make the list tell me if i need to up my game or am i holdin us sneakerheads down...

Dribblezthagod
Dribblezthagod

I was the firsy person on youtube to review lebron 9 chinas miami night and the concords!

DWadeMVP
DWadeMVP

electric blue foams, cannon 9s, KD weatherman, pine greens, black cement

csole
csole

NIKE AIR MAG #1

truth
truth

sb's shit on all of these. thats gonna be the shoe of the decade

SoCalFresh619
SoCalFresh619

My number 1 sneaker would have to be the wolf grey 5's fuck all that concord hype

Yeah
Yeah

Please don't put Concords as number 1, Concords deserve to be in the list but I feel as though they shouldn't even make the top 5, and remember Jordan Brand isn't the only brand that makes sneakers.

Kenny
Kenny

it was a great year, tooo bad it hurt money wise

@JayFresh704
@JayFresh704

i got Pewters, Pines, Black Cements, CONCORDS (OF COURSE)

Reggie
Reggie

Awesome pics and a great list. Nice job!!

@DCoffey23
@DCoffey23

Best list I've seen so far... Number 1 and 2 is a toss up tho. Let's do 1a, 1b.

Nick Nvz
Nick Nvz

well i cant choose so im just going to choose the Nike Air MAGS , jordans retro 1 banned , lebron miami nights .

Ant
Ant

Concords

GERM$
GERM$

Oh yah, and you paid like $400 for the fake concords that Deftronic called you out on.

donadamsky
donadamsky

congrats, go tell someone who cares

sneakerme24
sneakerme24

yes but Jordan and Nike are the most hyped/popular brands in the world, why would you do a top 30 on shoes that won't get the attention and ratings that these shoes do

Jay
Jay

must be a mexican

mrELsenor
mrELsenor

lol...thanks for that laugh bro.

123
123

this guy rides rick ross' dick so hard its scary gay

gump
gump

hell yeh dude got da fakea$$ concords alot of ther cords is fake foreal cnt tell unless u know watchu lookin for like me bruh hahahaha

Dribblezthagod
Dribblezthagod

I CANT WAIT FOR THE JUST BLAZE SUPRAS TO DROP!!! IM COPPIN !!

GERM$
GERM$

NerfHandlez? Is that you?

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