#XX8DaysOfFlight: Air Jordan V Retro Generations

January 25th, 2013 by

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On January 21st, Jordan Brand began the #XX8DaysofFlight campaign, counting down all of the game-changing and history-making Air Jordans leading up to the debut of the Air Jordan XX8. With the entire 2013 calendar year being a milestone 23rd anniversary for the Air Jordan V, we can definitely expect a slew of Retro releases of original colorways, starting as soon as tomorrow with the release of the ‘Fire Red’. The most re-released Air Jordan V, however, is the iconic Black/Metallic Silver colorway, which hit stores in 2000, 2007, and 2011 – and another drop in 2013 isn’t entirely out of the question. With that said, let’s take a closer look at three generations of Air Jordan V Retros on Day 5 of the Jordan Brand #XX8DaysofFlight.

The Air Jordan V is often celebrated by Jordan fans as being among the greatest Air Jordans of all-time and certainly falls in that span of the most lustrous period of the golden Tinker age of Jays. It introduced three major design elements to the Air Jordan line that have since become go-to options for elevating the design of shoes – namely the translucent outsole, reflective material on the massive tongue, and snazzy lacelock. All three were definite “firsts” for Air Jordans, and twenty three years after the introduction, those three elements have become standards in today’s most coveted sneakers. So is the Air Jordan V the most influential Air Jordan in history? Flip through this walkthrough of the Air Jordan V Retros over the years and chime in.

Photography: John Kim/Sneaker News

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