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Year Released: 2011
Pairs Made: 250
Model Specs: Air Jordan 5 Retro T23
VRSTY MZ/ANTHRCT-WLF GRY-BLK
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In 2011 Jordan came together with XBS, know as a clothing brand director and member of the Japenese hip-hop group Nitro Microphone Underground to throw the historical 'Jordan Tokyo 23’ basketball tournament. Releasing a collection of products dubbed 'Japan Only’, these highly sought after items were made available only in Japan. Other products in the pack included the Jordan CP3 IV and the iconic Tokyo 23 T-shirts , all were very limited in quantity.The heart of the story though, is the Air Jordan V T23 regarded by some as one of the most anticipated exclusive releases in Asia.
The aesthetic of the shoe features an unparalleled shade of organic yellow nubuck throughout the toe box and forefoot, extending across the heel patch and side panel. Accents of grey mesh appear in portions of the upper and tongue as well as the eyelets. The white midsole features speckled yellow teeth above a herringbone sole perhaps one of its most notable technological features, alongside visible air technology as well as padded ankle support–perfectly suited to the court. Finishing with a fully blacked out lining and inner sole, the entire color way is highly distinguishing and adds perfect contrast to the rest of the design. One of the most defining features however, is the discrete Kanji lettering of 'Toyko’ embroidered on the outer heel panel, replacing the familiar '23’ many expect to find on a Jordan.
Some estimate that only 250 pairs were made, available reportedly only by raffle to lucky collectors in Toyko. Today, you can find the iconic Jordon’s on EBay , priced at as much as a cool $5K these sneakers are definitely vault worthy.
Source: Sneakers: The Complete Limited Editions Guide