The new Air Jordan 5 x Off-white "Muslin

At the beginning of this year, during the famous Fashion Weekthe sneaker world saw the first official glimpse of the highly anticipated collaboration of Virgil Abloh through a pair of Air Jordan 5. Just days after being spotted on the runways, the basketball subsidiary: Air Jordan officially announced that the collaboration would be launched during the NBA All-Star Weekend in the designer's hometown: Chicago.

A classic revisited!

One more time, Jordan has allowed the undisputed master of fashion : Virgil Abloh to reinterpret a classic of the history of basketball. Like the Air Jordan I or the "The Ten" having sported silhouettes retro from Nikeversion, the "hype"version of the Air Jordan 5is unfolding through a general craze that is more than expected.


Some of the original sneaker fans might still have some doubts about the new Air Jordan 5. problem with the fact that Abloh deconstructing deconstructing the original model to the point of making them holes on one of Michael Jordan's own favorite models.

 But for the new generation of sneakerheads, this new iteration signed Off white is the sign of the ultimate grail! 

Purists sometimes skeptical ...

As it is the case for all this kind of release: the model is obviously sold out in less than a few seconds.

Through its label, Virgil Abloh is today the joy of many resellers. Indeed, the price of these sneakers is bound to soar and it is unfortunately today a part inevitable of ecosystem of the sneakers. But for the young fans sneaker fans in particular, these new versions of mythical sneakers are also a way to help preserve the history behind the product. That's why many collectors of original sneakers have recourse to controls and judge the younger generation for not knowing the true details of original MJ model in 1990 as the upper or the soletotally unstructured by the design of Virgil Abloh...


His Story

Indeed, the latter is certainly a designer oriented towards the concern of the detail-orientedWe find small inclusions on his projects like his famous "zip tie". red or his markings orange sewn on the Swoosh are proof of that. The designer also told us that logo of the brand Jordan was his favorite icon and that he even used it on one of his suits Halloween costumes as the logo of the superhero he wanted to embody. The famous basketball player's label means something very important to him. So it's not surprising that upon closer examination, the details of this Air Jordan V are far more calculated than they appear. First of all, the overall shape of the model seems faithful to the 1990 that Michael Jordan was actually wearing on the court. Details like the teeth of shark teeth Cement Print inspired by the fighter planes of the Second War World War II on the sole midsolea reflective tongue stamped with a Jumpman and the white "23" on the side heel recall the "Metallic" V worn by the basketball player. The brand OG NikeAir is present on the sole outsolethe sole insole and also embroidered on the heel : accents that are not commonly seen on Jordan V retro of today.


The midsole has even been pre-yellowed to look like the oxidation you'd see on a pair of 1990s Jordan Vs if you took them out of the box in 2020.

Its Design

Of course, this is a collaboration Off-White collaboration we're talking about, so there are plenty of its designer's signature touches as well.

We obviously find his emblem: a "Zip-tiethis time in black with the inscription of "SHOELACES"at the laces. New design elements also appear on this model such as cut-out circles on the upper which can be punched if the wearer wishes. One of the most striking details is surely to have given the "V" a deconstructed lookby stripping the lining, making the silhouette less voluminous, and therefore more "wearable" in a fashion environment turned towards the lifestyle.







What is the future?

For this new wave of sneaker enthusiasts, Virgil Abloh could be their Michael Jordan of today.

This new approach to a classic classic is different enough to give the generation current generation something of new that she could turn to while not abandoning the design of the original model. Thus, Abloh has always kept it true to his roots what is important for the purists and for the instrumentalists of a young fanbase learning the history of a generation they never knew. In this, the sneaker will probably be on the lists of "Must-have" lists of this year 2020 as well for a public of old collectors as well as for dedicated young people and passionate to become.


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Article written by Solal Fima

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