Air Jordan V 'Quai 54'

Remember when we used to laugh at hype and queuing and all that stuff? We kind of yearn for those days. People only get partially interested in 2011. So when we noticed that there was a Euro Jordan release out on monday, we literally ran out the door, and we haven't done that in a few years. Paris's Jordan Brand sponsored Quai 54 streetball tournament (taking place on the 30th of June and 1st of July this year) is a big deal and last year's Jordan IX colourway was pretty cool, arriving alongside a Jordan 2010, but this year it gets an ISO 2 colourway and the Jordan V too - we're guessing you're not going to sprint for the ISO, but these Jordan Vs are tremendous.

Normally Retro+ colourways aren't our thing, but the V gets a fairly good treatment - the T23s are amazing and these are a worthy supplement. The whole '23' on the side of a shoe was quite exciting back in 2006, but it's been on a few releases since - the exotic 'QUAI 54' stitched on these gives them an extra aura. By leaving the colour to pop on the fluoro accents and outsole, they're ultra effective, even if the colourway is more in line with tennis and training circa 1990 than the Jordan line. These also evoke the player colourways that we saw in 'Sole Collector' magazine a few years back that got thrown onto the 60+ hybrid.

These are like some madcap sequel to the original Grapes - green grapes with a genetically modified glow. That's not to all tastes, but even some of our most puritanical associates have been picking up a couple of pairs this week. Tumbled leather instead of the plasticky strangeness of the old Grape retro - plus a Scotchlite embroidered tongue that comes correct - is a winning addition too. We assumed we'd never get near these and that they were destined for Paris's House of Hoops only, but they're in stores around Europe right now. The UK seems to have been given a decent allocation nationwide across multiple locations and we're loving them.

There's little of the atrocious quality displayed on the Green Beans here - good luck (in our best 'Taken' kidnapper phone voice) to our US buddies awaiting their House of Hoops drop on the 2nd of July too. No sour grapes intended (but that pun was intentional), but those black limited-to-54 versions aren't up to the level of the whites. Hype. Hype. Hype. It's a beautiful thing. We never thought a new makeup would be one of our favourite Jordans of the year, but that appears to be the case. These are available (in dwindling quantities) at House of Hoops concessions in selected Foot Locker stores now.

Posted by, gwar on 23 June 2011