We all know the story of Michael Jordan being cut from his high school varsity team when he was just an underdeveloped sophomore. We also know that devastating blow was what initially willed Jordan to become the greatest basketball player of all time. Both those defining moments took place at Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. Back in 2000, Jordan Brand honored Jordan’s high school with an Air Jordan 5. The shoe has grown to become one of the best non-OG Air Jordan 5s, and was retroed for the first time back in 2013. Now, Jordan Brand is starting 2019 by opening a new chapter for the Laney series.
While previous Laney Air Jordan 5’s used a White leather as a base, this new color scheme dons a full-on varsity experience. Now, this new makeup has Blue nubuck being served as the base color for the upper, while a speckled Grey midsole offers contrast. A Yellow chenille material, similar to what you’d see on a letterman jacket’s patches appears on the tongue’s Jumpman, heel “23” logo and the sockliner, and the look is rounded out by a translucent outsole with more Yellow and Blue detailing.