This sneaker/colorway combo is in my top 5 as far as Jordan brand kicks go. A lot of sentimental value here. I can still visualize them worn by the older kids on the first day of school back in 1990. Never actually owned a pair until many years later and instead settled for a pair of maroon VIs from JCPenney in ’91. I’m sure a lot of people have their recent retros in rotation or stored away carefully somewhere. For those that don’t, the “Metallic Vs” retro once again tomorrow for a hefty $150 + tax (no tax on clothes in MA :P). Good luck to everyone.
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So I finally got to unboxing and taking pics of the “Wolf Grey” Jordan V’s I scooped up about a month or so ago. Notice the above image taken with the flash off. Now look at the pic below where I’ve utilized the flash. See a difference? The tongue portion in the “flash off” pic appears to be very flat or matte in color. In contrast, the flash brings out a shiny silver or tin foil looking tongue that really jumps out at you in the bottom pic. I never understood why the Jordan Brand manufactured the V this way. I mean how often is someone going to focus on your feet as they’re taking a pic? Well apparently there is an explanation behind these shiny tongues after all.
In 1990 Tinker Hatfield designed the original Jordan V sneaker. His inspiration came from the Wold War II Mustang fighter plane, as seen in the midsole shark teeth design. He also decided to feature a reflectve tongue, comprised of 3M material. Hatfield wanted them to be structurally sound and revolutionary on the court. But it was only in snapshots of MJ that he believed the sneaker would really “shine.” What better way to sell his design than to have them literally glaring at you in a poster of Mike facializing Patrick Ewing? The photographer’s flash would set off the 3M tongue at any moment of Michael Jordan’s brilliance, thus providing a perfect compliment to any poster or Sports Illustrated cover.
My inability to pick up the True Blue when they released internationally two years ago coupled with the fact that this is probably the cleanest colorway in the III line had me jumping on these immediately. I’m glad I did too because these went pretty quickly on Nike.com. Quicker than I expected at least. The quality is right on par with the white/cements that dropped earlier in 2011, which is both good and bad. The one major bone I have to pick with this release is the pre-creasing, similar to the white cements. A leather pair of III’s is inevitably bound to crease. This is a task I like to accomplish myself through wearing, not upon opening my $150.00 deadstock pair. On the other end of the spectrum, my white/cements have held up well through a handful of casual wears. Besides the toebox everything is still pretty crispy. No midsole cracking/shipping/peeling. No yellowing of the back tab. A breeze to clean up. I’m pretty happy with them. I’m confident the True Blues will age similarly. Details:
white leather upper
True Blue accents (midsole, lining, lace loops)
cement print (lace region, toecap, heel)
visible air sole unit
comes with cement pront OG style box