Off-White x Air Jordan 5
In celebration of Air Jordan 5’s thirtieth anniversary, Virgil Abloh continues his collaboration with Nike and the Jordan brand with the new Off-White x Air Jordan 5 sneakers. The shoes were released last February 15, to coincide the with NBA All Star weekend in Chicago. As many know, Chicago holds special significance for Michael Jordan, having played for the Chicago Bulls throughout his winning career.
Air Jordan’s themselves hold a special significance for Virgil Abloh. The designer took inspiration from his own first pair of Black Metallic Air Jordan 5, which he recalls convincing his parents to buy for him. He remembers feeling like the shoes came from a superhero.
The new shoes are a striking, not to mention coveted, fusion of the Air Jordan and Off-White aesthetics. Echoing the OG “metallic” Air Jordan 5, the latest design features a black textile mesh upper, while an aged-looking translucent outsole gives it a more vintage vibe. The reflective tongue prominently displays the jumpman logo in fiery red, next to Virgil’s holed design. It also features “23” stitched on the heels.
The latest interpretation stays true to the Off-White deconstructed, streetwear style, replacing the standard leather construction with semi-transparent panels. The unique design also features translucent textile and cutout sections that give you a glimpse into the shoe’s interior. Signature Off-White design details are included throughout the shoes, including text on the medial side referencing the product’s technical specs and its Beaverton, Oregon origins. Of course, the Off-White design won’t be complete without the brand’s now iconic black cable tie and signature quoted text. The shoes come with shoe laces in white, red and black, all with “shoelaces” quoted on them. No detail has been spared with even the model’s shoe box featuring holes that give its buyer an exciting first peek into their new kicks.
The shoes are priced at $225.00 and while it may be close to impossible to purchase the soldout design, sneaker heads may have more to look forward to. Virgil Abloh recently shared images of a cream version of the shoe, captioned “Plot Twist”. While neither Nike nor the designer have confirmed its release, we can all keep our fingers (and laces) crossed for an upcoming announcement.