A look at the Air Jordan 5 “Top 3”

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The Air Jordan 5 is one of the most popular retro Jordan models to date, and has come out in plenty of iconic colorways. So, in order to mark the shoes success, Nike are releasing an Air Jordan 5 “Top 3” that should feature different details from its 3 most famous variants. It is set to mark the 30th anniversary of the iconic Jordan sneaker, after it originally debuted in 1990, and will set you back $200.

The shoe is a blend of the Fire Red, Metallic Silver, and Grape Air Jordan 5’s, and it will feature a black nubuck on the upper, a purple tongue and a red mid-sole. Other notable details are the Nike Air branding on the back of the shoe, and a red 23 on the heel.

Rumors of an Air Jordan 5 “Top 3” surfaced last year and it was originally expected to drop in mid-may. The release was then pushed back to the 30th, only to be pushed back again, likely as a result of the pandemic, to mid June.

In 2016, Nike debuted the “Top 3” idea on the Air Jordan 1, creating a mash up of the Chicago, Bred, and Royal 1’s. They were extremely popular, selling out instantly, and as a result of this, Jordan have decided to apply their winning formula to some of their other models. Earlier this year, Jordan released the Air Jordan 4 “What the,” which featured the same mash up of the most popular colorways as the “Top 3” models, however it took influence from 4 colorways instead.

Jordan brand have tried multiple mash up ideas over the years, originally creating new Jordan silhouettes such as the Spizike’s, a blend of all the different Jordan’s Spike Lee featured in an advert for. Although a popular trend in the early 2000’s, it quickly died down, and now you can find models such as the Jordan legacy 312, or the Jordan 6 Rings, sitting on shelves.

Over the past few years, Jordan Brand have started to make mash-up colorways, which have gone down with the consumers a lot better than their mash-up models. Colorways such as the Air Jordan 1 High Homage to Home, the UNC Chicago, and even the collaboration with popular retailer, Union, featured aspects from different popular colorways of the shoe.

Consumers aren’t complaining with this trend either, instead they are wolfing them up the second these sneakers released. For some its the nostalgia of classic colorways put into a single shoe, and for others, its a cheaper alternative to buying the specific colorways by themselves. The reception to the Air Jordan 5 “Top 3” seems to be no different, and it is gearing up to be one of the biggest releases of June.

Of course the shoe could very possibly see its release date pushed back even further, especially thanks to the pandemic making the production and shipping of sneakers a lot harder for brands, however for now it is scheduled to drop on June the 13th. It will retail for the standard Air Jordan price of $200, and it should be available on the Nike’s SNKRS app, as well most sneaker retailers.