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Air Jordan 5: The Definitive Guide to Colorways

by Steve Jaconetta
by Steve Jaconetta & Nike

Fresh off their 23rd Anniversary in 2013, today we take a look at the lineage of the Air Jordan V.

Originally released in 1990, the Air Jordan V dropped in four colorways. It was inspired by a World War 2 Mustang fighter jet and features a reflective 3M tongue, mesh netting on the tongue and side panels as well as a unique set of lace locks. They were retroed for the first time in 2000 and were the first Air Jordan Retro of the new millennium. This run lasted from January to July with four colorways releasing, two original and two new Retro+ colorways. The black and metallic silver colorway was also the final Air Jordan 5 Retro to feature ‘Nike Air’ branding.

2006 would see the return of the Air Jordan 5 Retro. Featuring a wide variety of releases, everything from new and old colorways to limited ‘LS’ releases, women’s edition’s in high and low-top as well as a pair featuring a full laser print upper. In 2008 the original white, black and red colorway returned for its second retro as a part of the Air Jordan 18/5 Collezione ‘Coundown’ Pack, featuring the number ‘23’ stitched on the heels for the first time outside of MJ’s original PE edition’s from 1990.

2009 saw three new colorways release, two of them a part of the second two-shoe pack from Jordan Brand outside of the CDP releases, the ‘Raging Bulls’ Pack. Six colorways would drop during a small run in 2011 including the final ‘Bin23’ release.  After that, the Air Jordan 5 Retro would take over in 2013 as a part of the 23rd Anniversary of the AJ V. Three out of the four original colorways were re-released along with the return of a long-lost favorite, 2000’s ‘Laney’ Air Jordan 5 Retro+. Numerous new colorways dropped as well, including the first release from Jordan Brands ‘Element’ Series, the Air Jordan 3LAB5 which featured a full elephant print upper, taken from the Air Jordan III.

The Air Jordan 5 Retro returned in 2014 for a one-off release with its third ‘3LAB5’ colorway. As Jordan Brand celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Air Jordan in 2015, the AJ V will make a comeback. Expect to see both new and old colorways release, remastered for the first time. So while you wait for the next Air Jordan 5 Retro to drop, take a look at the history of the Air Jordan V from its first release up to the most recent retro below.

 

Air Jordan V

Style Code: 4383
Colorway: White/Black-Fire Red
Release Date: 1990

 


Air Jordan V 'Metallic'

Style Code: 4384
Colorway: Black/Black-Metallic Silver
Release Date: 1990

 


Air Jordan V 'Grape'

Style Code: 4490
Colorway: White/Grape Ice-New Emerald
Release Date: 1990

 


Air Jordan V 'Fire Red'

Style Code: 4491
Colorway: White/Fire Red-Black
Release Date: 1990

 


Air Jordan V Retro

Style Code: 136027-101
Colorway: White/Black-Fire Red
Release Date: 01/05/2000

 


Air Jordan V Retro 'Metallic'

Style Code: 136027-001
Colorway: Black/Black-Metallic Silver
Release Date: 03/15/2000

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro+ 'Laney'

Style Code: 136045-141
Colorway: White/Varsity Royal-Varsity Maize
Release Date: 05/10/2000

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro+ 'White Metallic'

Style Code: 136045-101
Colorway: White/Metallic Silver-Black
Release Date: 07/01/2000

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro LS

Style Code: 314259-041
Colorway: Black/University Blue-White
Release Date: 08/19/2006

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Green Bean'

Style Code: 136027-031
Colorway: Silver/Green Bean-Flint Grey
Release Date: 09/23/2006

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro Women's 'Sunset'

Style Code: 313551-161
Colorway: White/Fire Red-Sunset-Dark Cinder
Release Date: 09/23/2006

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro LS 'Grape'

Style Code: 314259-131
Colorway: White/Emerald Green-Grape Ice
Release Date: 09/30/2006

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Stealth'

Style Code: 136027-142
Colorway: White/Sport Royal-Stealth
Release Date: 10/21/2006

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro Women's

Style Code: 313551-061
Colorway: Silver/Shy Pink-Stealth
Release Date: 10/21/2006

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro LS 'Olive'

Style Code: 314259-381
Colorway: Army Olive/Solar Orange-Black
Release Date: 11/18/2006

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro LS 'Burgundy'

Style Code: 314259-602
Colorway: Deep Burgundy/Flint Grey-Silver
Release Date: 12/16/2006

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Fire Red'

Style Code: 136027-162
Colorway: White/Fire Red-Black
Release Date: 12/16/2006

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro Low Women's

Style Code: 314337-141
Colorway: White/University Blue-Team Red
Release Date: 12/16/2006

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro RA 'Laser'

Style Code: 315749-131
Colorway: White/Army Olive-Solar Orange-Bison
Release Date: 01/18/2007

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Metallic'

Style Code: 136027-004
Colorway: Black/Metallic Silver-Fire Red
Release Date: 01/25/2007

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro Low Women's

Style Code: 314337-101
Colorway: White/Black-Metallic Silver
Release Date: 01/25/2007

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro Collezione 'CDP'

Style Code: 136027-163
Colorway: White/Fire Red-Black
Release Date: 08/23/2008

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro DMP 'Raging Bulls'

Style Code: 136027-061
Colorway: Black/Varsity Red
Release Date: 05/30/2009

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro DMP 'Raging Bulls'

Style Code: 136027-601
Colorway: Varsity Red/Black-White
Release Date: 05/30/2009

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Cinder'

Style Code: 136027-121
Colorway: White/Dark Cinder-Dark Army-Del Sol
Release Date: 06/01/2009

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro Premio 'Bin23'

Style Code: 444844-001
Colorway: Black/Black-Metallic Silver
Release Date: 02/18/2011

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro T23 'Tokyo 23'

Style Code: 454783-701
Colorway: Varsity Maize/Anthracite-Wolf Grey-Black
Release Date: 04/29/2011

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Wolf Grey'

Style Code: 136027-005
Colorway: Light Graphite/White-Wolf Grey
Release Date: 05/14/2011

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro Q54 'Quai54'

Style Code: 467827-105
Colorway: White/Radiant Green-Black-Metallic Silver
Release Date: 07/01/2011

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Independence Day'

Style Code: 136027-103
Colorway: White/Varsity Red-Midnight Navy
Release Date: 07/02/2011

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Metallic'

Style Code: 136027-010
Colorway: Black/Varsity Red-Metallic Silver
Release Date: 08/20/2011

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro

Style Code: 136027-100
Colorway: White/Fire Red-Black
Release Date: 01/26/2013

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Grape'

Style Code: 136027-108
Colorway: White/New Emerald-Grape Ice-Black
Release Date: 05/04/2013

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Black Grape'

Style Code: 136027-007
Colorway: Black/New Emerald-Grape Ice-Black
Release Date: 06/15/2013

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Fear'

Style Code: 626971-350
Colorway: Sequoia/Fire Red-Medium Olive-Black
Release Date: 08/24/2013

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Fire Red'

Style Code: 136027-120
Colorway: White/Fire Red-Black
Release Date: 08/31/2013

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro DB 'Doernbecher'

Style Code: 633068-010
Colorway: Black/White-Black
Release Date: 09/14/2013

 


Air Jordan 3LAB5 'Gamma'

Style Code: 599581-007
Colorway: Cement Grey/Gamma Blue-Black
Release Date: 09/21/2013

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Shanghai'

Style Code: 136027-089
Colorway: Black/Varsity Maize-Varsity Royal-Black
Release Date: 09/28/2013

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro Bel Air 'Fresh Prince'

Style Code: 621958-090
Colorway: Cool Grey/Club Pink-Court Purple-Game Royal
Release Date: 10/05/2013

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Laney'

Style Code: 136027-189
Colorway: White/Varsity Maize-Varsity Royal-Black
Release Date: 11/02/2013

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Oreo'

Style Code: 136027-035
Colorway: Black/Cool Grey-White
Release Date: 11/29/2013

 


Air Jordan 3LAB5 'Infrared 23'

Style Code: 599581-010
Colorway: Black/Infrared 23
Release Date: 12/30/2013

 


Air Jordan 3LAB5 'Metallic'

Style Code: 599581-003
Colorway: Black/Black-Metallic Silver
Release Date: 07/26/2014

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro 'White Metallic'

Style Code: 136027-130
Colorway: White/Metallic Silver-Black
Release Date: 04/04/2015

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Pre-Grape'

Style Code: 136027-405
Colorway: Midnight Navy/Turquoise Blue-White
Release Date: 05/02/2015

 


Air Jordan 5 Retro 'Pro Stars'

Style Code: 136027-115
Colorway: White/Infrared 23-Light Poison Green-Black
Release Date: 06/06/2015

 


Steve Jaconetta is the Release Dates & Archive Editor of Sole Collector and you can follow him on Twitter here.

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