Ever since Michael Jordan’s iconic court appearance in 1985, wearing a pair of Air Jordan 1s and breaking league rules on white-only sneakers, his collaboration with Nike have brought us countless colourways across thirty-five silhouettes, creating an insanely huge collection that has something for every style sneakerheads could possibly want! This colourway for the Air Jordan V, first released in 1990, might be the most exciting retro re-release to hit the market in the past twelve months!
This colourway returns the Air Jordan Vs to its OG appearance with a sharp, clean black and white theme with stellar influences. This colourway, a clear reimagining of the OG Black-Metallic Silver colourway, looks strikingly similar to another released this year, the Anthracite, which features a two-toned dark grey and silver theme. The Oreo makes this design that much bolder with pure white and bold black, along with some delightful detailing.
Unlike the Anthracite, the Oreo colourway has snow white midsoles wrapped around the entire shoe, with a slim black line adorning the toe and Nike’s classic Air Max air bubble window visible in the side of the heel. The traditional shark teeth appear across the lateral side of the outsoles and features an all-black background with tiny white dots that add a touch of space theming to these incredible sneakers. This is the opposite of the OG colourway which featured a silver background with black dots. Perhaps MJ is throwing back to his appearance in Space Jam (1996), which isn’t surprising considering its sequel starring fellow NBA star LeBron James has just released in cinemas! The outsole is finished with a translucent ghostly blue, adding a subtle splash of colour.
The body of these sneakers features all of the fan favourites from the original silhouette, including the netted side vents in a very light grey, and the multiple eyelets which provide multiple options for lacing them up. Unlike some of the other colourways for this silhouette, the Oreo comes with black laces which blend into the body, rather than high-contrast white or coloured laces.
The Air Jordan slam dunk logo can be found on the heel and tongue in white and silver, respectively, and the classic lace tab comes completely clear as to not disrupt the crisp nature of this design. Surprisingly, MJ’s most famous jersey number, 23, is not found on the colourway as it often has been before on the Air Jordan V.