Air Jordan V

Released: 1990

Complex says: The Jordan V took only a few elements from the first four Jordans and that’s how Tinker Hatfield wanted it. He was inspired by the World War II Mustang fighter plane, which is most evident when it comes to the "teeth" on the front of the midsole. Hatfield thought of Jordan’s game to be one of the same with how an airplane strikes: "Floating around the edges of the game and coming out of nowhere to attack.” MJ did just that, dropping a career high 69 points versus the, wait for it — Cavaliers. Jordan was obviously a rising star and the reflective thick tongue was in direct response to his success, adding a reflective material for the camera flashes.