Are you an Air Jordan 5 fan??? Do you remember the classic sitcom from the 90’s: The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air??? Well, the Jordan Brand is planning to release a special Air Jordan 5 inspired by the show. If you are a fan of the show, you may remember Will Smith rocking all of the Jordans. He even wore the classic Air Jordan 5s without the shoelaces in the pilot episode. The Air Jordan 5 Fresh Prince will be dropping in a few days, and is almost identical to the original Air Jordan 5 Grape, but is slightly different. These will definitely sellout quick, so marking your calendars now is highly recommended!!!
The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air
The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air is an American Sitcom that aired on NBC, and ran for six seasons and 148 episodes. The show is about a fictionalized version of Will Smith, also known as “The Fresh Prince”. He is a street smart teen from West Philadelphia who gets into a fight with a local gang at a basketball court in his hometown.
Fearing for his safety, his mother moves him to Bel Air, Los Angeles, to live with his wealthy family in their mansion. Throughout the series, Will’s lifestyle often clashes with the lifestyle of his wealthy relatives in a humorous way. The show aired from September 10, 1990 to May 20th, 1996.
Who Is Michael Jordan?
Michael Jordan is a retired professional basketball player who has played for 15 seasons in NBA for the Chicago Bulls, and the Washington Wizards. During his time at the University of North Carolina in 1982, he played basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels, and was drafted for the Chicago Bulls in 1984. He was able to entertain the crowd with his prolific scoring, defensive plays, and his ability to perform slam dunks from the free throw line at the slam dunk contests, which has earned him the nicknames: Air Jordan and His Airness.
He has won his first NBA Championship with the Bulls in 1991, and also winning again in 1992 and 1993 (three-peat). During the 1993-1994 NBA season, MJ has retired from basketball in order to pursue a minor career in baseball. In March 1995, MJ has announced his return to the NBA, and has led the Bulls to three additional championships during 1996-1998. In 1999, MJ retired from the NBA for the second time, but return again to play for the Washington Wizards during 2001-2003. Currently, MJ is the owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets.
MJ has numerous career highlights and awards:
- 6 times NBA champion (1991-1993, 1996-1998)
- 6 times NBA Finals MVP (1991-1993, 1996-1998)
- 5 times NBA MVP (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
- 14 times All-Star (1985-1993, 1996-1998, 2002, 2003)
- 3 times NBA All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998)
- 10 times All-NBA First Team (1987-1993, 1996, 1998)
- All-NBA Second Team (1985)
- NBA Defensive Player Of The Year (1988)
- 9 times NBA All-Defensive First Team (1988-1993, 1996-1998)
- NBA Rookie Of The Year (1985)
- NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985)
- 10 times NBA Scoring Championship (1987-1993, 1996-1998)
- 3 times NBA Steals Leaders (1988, 1990, 1993)
- 2 times NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion (1987, 1988)
- 3 times AP Athlete Of The Year (1991, 1992, 1993)
- 2 times USA Basketball Male Athlete Of The Year (1983, 1984)
- Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year (1991)
- NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-time Team
- NCAA Champion (1982)
- Consensus National College Player Of The Year (1984)
- ACC Player Of The Year (1984)
- ACC Rookie Of The Year (1982)
- 2 times Consensus First-Team All-American (1983, 1984)
- 2 times First-Team All-ACC (1983, 1984)
- No. 23 Retired by Chicago Bulls
- N0. 23 Retired by Miami Heat
- No. 23 Retired by the University Of North Carolina
History Of The Air Jordan Brand
In 1984, Nike was a struggling shoe company looking for ways to appeal to a new segment of the shoe market, and to reinvent themselves. Nike has turned to rookie Michael Jordan to order to make an endorsement deal, but MJ showed no interest at all. MJ had plans to sign a deal with either Adidas or Converse; he loved the brands, and in North Carolina, these were the shoes that wore to play basketball in. Unfortunately, both of the brands rejected him.
Nike was offering to create a brand new line of shoes called Air Jordan, and MJ’s old agent, David Falk, saw this as a wonderful opportunity. MJ flew to the Nike headquarters in Portland, Oregon, after being convinced by his parents , and his agent. During his visit, Nike has shown him a special video presentation of his college career highlights, plus his high-flying Olympics moves with Pointer Sister’s “Jump” playing in the background. Peter Moore, Nike’s Old Head Designer, also shown MJ sketches of the Air Jordan 1, and apparel to go with it. It was featured in Black and Red, and MJ was very interested with these designs. He has stated: “I can’t wear these shoes, those are devil colors”.
MJ has decided to finally make a deal with Nike, and has signed a 5-year deal that was worth $2.5 million. MJ has fueled the success of Nike, and the Air Jordan Brand is still popular today.
The Air Jordan 5 History
The Air Jordan 5 was originally released back in February 1990, created by yours truly, Tinker Hatfield. It was the first Jordan to ever have clear rubber soles. On the midsole near the icy soles, you will also notice the flames on each side of the shoes. In Tinker’s eyes, Michael Jordan’s performance was like a “Fighter Plane”, so the sneaker was designed to look like a Fighter Plane. The Jordan 5 is an inspiration of the “grey nurse shark” or the World War 2 British Fighter Plane; the Spitfire MkV3. 3m reflection was also added on the shoe tongues. The sneakers were originally retailed for $125.00.
Features Of The Shoe
This leather shoe features the classic Air Jordan 5 Grape color scheme (White, Black, Grape Ice, and Emerald). You will notice that the lace holes are sealed off, removing the lace system (Will Smith worn the Air Jordan 5s without the shoe laces in the Fresh Prince sitcom). Additionally, “West Philadelphia” can be found underneath the tongue, and Fresh Prince insoles. Finally, this shoe has the classic Nike Air Logo on the heel.
Will Smith’s birthday is on September 25th. So that’s when these special sneakers will be releasing. The retail price is $190.00.
Air Jordan 5 Fresh Prince
September 25th, 2018
Video Of The Sneaker
Will Smith is going to be 50 in a few days. This is definitely the perfect birthday gift for the king of cool. How many of you sneaker heads got your money ready for these??? What are your overall thoughts on them. Leave all comments and questions below in the comment section. I will get back to you ASAP. Make sure to like, share, and subscribe for more sneaker content. Stay tuned as The Latest Sneakers will keep you updated!!!