Air Jordan V ‘Red Tails’

February 25, 2012 BY / 22

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Earlier this week, Nike held a Black History Month event in Portland where a few rare sneaker and art gems were auctioned off for a good cause. From the initial pics that have leaked, it’s looking like the pick of the litter was a special never before seen Air Jordan V sample. We’re all familiar with the Air Jordan V’s original fighter plane inspiration, but this 1 of 1 edition takes an appropriate BHM spin on the concept by paying tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen and specifically the “Red Tail Angels”, who’s story was detailed in the recent George Lucas film. The Red Tails were a daring escort unit back in World War II who got their name from the red paint that covered the tail end of their silver planes.

As you can see, Jordan Brand has paid homage by translating the idea into sneaker form with this Air Jordan V, featuring a silver upper and midsole with only the rear heel panel showing off a vibrant splash of red. A tonal RT-A logo is stitched into the heel with a gold Jumpman on the tongue and an ice outsole beneath offering nice some additional touches. No word on the “Red Tail” SFB Boot seen behind it in these pics, but according to NarcelX who snapped this pic, the Air Jordan V’s went for $5,000 at the auction and are the only pair in existence, so who knows if we’ll ever get another look. For now, you can check them out here, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted if more images surface.

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22 comments
Eddi
Eddi

I customise sneakers. And many others do it aswell. And i think i can make just the smae. I wish the person who made this much of succes. But I would never buy this for so much because its only part of the sneaker what is paintend. If I get a chance like this to make something simple and that I will get allot of it i would do the same. But this is not really a question of customizing skills.

10_X_V's
10_X_V's

The idea is great, very honoring, which is awesome. But the Vs as a whole are just not on the ball. I dig the details & materials but overall, they're just shy of hideous. I own 10 pairs of V's so I'm obviously a fan but the only reason these would be liked is due to their rarity. Did the RT-A even fly P-51 Mustangs??

Aeropooch
Aeropooch

This release would of made sense! THis or he the Jordan 7, as it relates to African art- c'mon JB.

Golgo13
Golgo13

Didn't they come out with some Fusion 5's that had the Tuskegee Airmen theme already?

jumpfan23
jumpfan23

These are incredible im in love

Your Padre
Your Padre

If someone paid $5000 for it must be bc that's like $50 to that person plus it was for a good cause

DOPEMAN2978
DOPEMAN2978

NICE SHOE TO HONOR BLK HISTORY MONTH. PROPS ON THESE BUT THAT PRICE TAG IS SERIOUS.

Stu
Stu

Someone payed $500 for wolf greys with a red back panel? Wow

smds
smds

These look great because they dont have that stupid 23 on the heel.

hayuardo
hayuardo

Oh My gosh this are gorgeous.

Big D
Big D

those r unique colorway interesting sexy imo

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