Following months of rumors, Virgil Abloh officially revealed the Off-White™ x Air Jordan 5 at the Italian brand’s Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 runway show. This marks Off-White™’s first Jordan Brand collaboration since June 2018’s Air Jordan 1 “UNC.”
Spotted on the feet of models and Abloh alike at the aforementioned Off-White™ runway show, the classic Air Jordan silhouette is presented in a colorway similar to the OG “Black Metallic,” but is markedly different in its construction. Uppers are composed of a thin synthetic TPE material — in line with Abloh’s previous “Ghosting” releases — and add tonal circular overlays that tie in with Off-White™’s cut-out womenswear items. Silver tongues are thinned out and equipped with a red Jumpman logo. Traditional flair is then provided by a #23 hit on the lateral counter, Nike Air emblazoned on the heel and the recognizable plastic netting on the quarter, all hallmarks of the AJ5.
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Abloh’s signature Helvatica text is splayed across the medial midfoot, with “SHOELACES” printed on the lace tips and a black iteration of Off-White™’s plastic hangtag attached to one of the eyestays. Finishing touches are provided by speckled grey detailing on the P-51 Mustang-inspired midsole, and the outsole’s normal translucent panels are pre-yellowed to give off a worn-in look.
A release date has yet to be announced, but the Off-White™ Air Jordan 5 has been speculated to arrive in February around NBA All-Star Weekend or April, with a retail price of $225 USD.
If you haven’t already, do check out Off-White™’s FW20 show.