When DJ Khaled first got his hands on the remarkable Air Jordan 5 “Fab Five” preceded amazingly by Pope Francis receiving a similar U of M PE, it was uncertain as if this ode to the most dynamic Michigan Wolverines basketball team of all time would release at retail. Today, Tinker Hatfield explains the origins of the shoe and kills any thoughts of a retail drop.
“If you were watching College Basketball in the early ‘90s, the Fab Five stuck with you. They brought a new style of play. They had swagger to their game that I hadn’t seen at the college level before. They became one of the most iconic teams in college sports. I wanted to create a special shoe that celebrated that team and marks the start of a new era for the teams at the Jordan Brand and the University of Michigan,” remarked Tinker Hatfield, VP of Design & Special Projects.
This friends and family only execution of the Air Jordan 5 “Fab Five” denotes a suede Maize upper paired with unique odes to the Fab Five. From the ‘”M” embroidered tongue to the “Hail To” and “The Victors” stitched on the inside of the left and right tongues, the heel graphic created by Hatfield further represents the ‘five times’ sign that the team occasionally used during their time at the school.
Grab a closer look below but don’t expect this shoe at retail.