The AJ13’s standard pockmarked quarter panel is gone, replaced by a scaly black crocodile leather. A traditional tumbled leather graces the toebox. This stark material combination is briefly contrasted with supple teal suede, which originates on the heel before wrapping onto the lateral/medial sides and dropping down onto the midsole. The normal holographic jewel on the ankle has been replaced by a chrome iteration that mixes a 23 hit with a Jumpman logo, but it’s not gone completely — it still appears in its other standard place on the outsole. A three-dimensional metal Jumpman logo on the tongue completes the look.
Known as the “Island Green” color scheme, the Air Jordan 5 boasts a white tumbled leather upper that’s decorated with the pattern of palm trees and tropical foliage throughout the premium material, which is also reflective as well. Island Green accents are seen on the eyelets, tongue, side panels and outsole. The design of the Jordan 5 took inspiration from an American World War II fighter plane, including the shark-tooth details on the midsole.