Art is associated with beauty, and as the saying goes "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". Art has a component of the subjective in appreciating it. This can also translate over to design. I have never been a big fan of all the Air Jordans that have come out, but I thought I would give these a chance to grow on me, being the Air Jordan V Retro - Quai 54.
I do have a pair of Air Jordan Is, VIs, a few VIIs, a XI, a few XIIIs, a 2009, a 2010, and a few 2011s. I am interested in getting some more, but the Vs were never apart of that interest.
There are essentially two versions of this shoe made for the Quai54 (a street basketball tournament that is usually held in Europe) - a white version (as shown below in the images), and a friends / family release being a black pair. The black pair is limited to around 50 to 60 pairs. This article is about the white pair, which was somewhat of a general release. These were initially going to be a Europe-only release, but for one reason or another, they found their way to Melbourne, Australia.
The shoe is a high quality leather Air Jordan V. The "23" on the outside heel is replaced by the Quai54 logo, but the rest of the shoe appears to remain true to the originals (with the exception of the word "Jordan" replacing the word "Nike" on the bottom of the outsole). The tongue is made out of 3M reflective material, which was initially designed to reflect camera flashes when photographers would take pictures of Michael Jordan in the motions of making a dunk. Quality was good, as the paint work appeared to be in the right areas, as well little to no excess glue found on the shoe where it was not supposed to be.
I cannot comment on how they feel as I never wore them. They were not very endearing for me (and I know this is opposed to the current opinion of them), so I decided to dispose of the shoes, but not before I took some pictures:
These shoes were obtained from the Footlocker on Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. If you would like to obtain them, you can try the Dead Stock Society web site - as the guys there may have some different sizes still in stock.