Different types of Air Jordan V

The Air Jordan V comes in a vast number of colorways and styles, all of which are popular amongst Air Jordan fans. This post explores the different types of Air Jordan V and the difference between the Retros and the Fusions.

Air Jordan Original V

White/Fire Red/Black

The Air Jordan Original V debuted in 1990 when Michael Jordan made his sixth straight all star game. Inspired by a World War 2 British fighter plane, designer Tinker Hatfield created the AJ V with an asymmetrical collar and a higher cut as compared to other Jordans that came before the V. Reflective 3M material were also used on the tongue, giving the Jordan V an innovative edge. They came in four colours, of which one – Grape Purple/Emerald – was never ever seen on a basketball shoe before. The Air Jordan V was also the first in the Jordan line to have a translucent thin rubber outsole.

Clockwise: Tongue, Side Netting, Jumpman Logo, Air Jordan Patch Stitched


Grey Nurse Shark Fighter Plane & No. 457 Squadron

Air Jordan Retro

The Air Jordan V Retro series were released ten years after it’s original release. Air Jordan Retros have the Jumpman Logo on the heel of the shoe instead of the Original Nike Logo/Nike Swoosh Logo. The Retros also retailed at a $120.00, five dollars cheaper than what they were in 1990 when the Original Retro series came out. The Air Jordan Retro also come in the Original four colourways, as well as a multitude of other colourways, such as the Retro Laney High School White / Varsity Royal – Varsity Maize.

Air Jordan Fusion V

In early 2005, the Jordan Brand brought back several “hybrid” or modified Jordan shoes that uses various components from different Jordan shoes. One example was a combination of Air Jordan V and the Nike Air Force One, that released in April 2008 and retailed for $150. Signature side netting and shark teeth of the Jordan shoes and basic silhouette of the sneaker and ankle straps which you can adjust are key design features two shoes that were incorporated into the new Jordan Fusion.