Nike is on a roll with their latest summer releases and one of the most highly anticipated sneakers for the summer season is the Air Jordan 5 Alternate Grape. Most new models have been delayed due to the recent Coronavirus pandemic, and although the Alternate Grape had to be pushed back, the wait is over. The Jumpman is making his presence known in this bold new colorway. It's just been made available to the masses and if you haven't yet had the chance to check it out, here are 10 things about the Air Jordan 5 Alternate Grape you might like to know.
1. The Air Jordan 5 Alternate Grape release was set back
The bright and exciting colorway was announced some time ago with a release date that like many other new models, had to be pushed back. It was first announced that the shoe would become available in April of 2020. That's the bad news. The good news is that the release date was July 8, 2020. It has finally arrived and is for sale to customers in the United States and Europe.
2. It's made with premium materials
The latest Jumpman to appear on the market is made of strong and durable materials. The upper is modernized with a full suede base upon which the Grape Ice exteriors rest. The material is tough and resistant to wear for an increased lifespan, even when you take them out on the courts frequently.
3. The aesthetics are bold yet tasteful
Nike's new Air Jordan 5 in an Alternate Grape colorway features a main color they call Grape Ice. It's bright yet not loud. This shoe is colorful yet sophisticated with accents of clear, black, and New Emerald which is a classy green that contrasts nicely with the main color.
4. The fit is adjustable
The Air Jordan 5 in Alternate Grape is made to fit snugly but not tight. The tightness is adjustable via the lacing system over the tongue of the shoe. The laces extend all the way up to the mudguard which is a nice feature for those who like to tighten the shoes all the way up for greater control. Serious players know the value of a shoe that can be tightened to the perfect degree of snugness as it impacts the amount of control that you have over your feet when you're making precision moves, pivots, or slides.
5. These sneakers are well-ventilated
Just the mention of genuine suede leather can be a concern for those who tend to have hot sweaty feet. That's not a problem with the Air Jordan 5 Alternate Grape sneakers. On the sides, Nike designed the sneakers with a cool mesh that allows air to come in and circulate over the feet to help prevent overheating and perspiration. This helps to keep your feet comfortable and dry even when you're making runs on the court. Additional vents have been placed on the tongue with mesh fabric to let in even more fresh air. This is a design that was well thought out.
6. The Alternate Grape features quality construction
The new Air Jordan 5 colorway is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it is also a very well made sneaker. We inspected this shoe from one end to another and made note of how well it is stitched. The stitches are tight and even. This is the difference between sneakers that are glued at the seams and sewn. It is made to hold up under heavy use as a more reliable and dependable sneaker that won't let you down.
7. It has excellent support
A glance at the construction tells us that the Air Jordan 5 is designed to provide ample support where it is needed the most. The suede toe section, the upper portion, and all other components of the sneaker are stitched at the pressure points to reinforce the sturdiness of the shoe and the support that it offers. The stitching around the mesh air vents ensures that there are no blowouts in this area. The heel is well-constructed and reinforced to prevent counter sag.
8. It's padded in all the right places
The Air Jordan 5 Alternate Grape is made for performance as well as comfort. In addition to reinforcements at the pressure points for durability, it also has just the right amount of padding to create a comfortable fit. You can especially see this at the tongue where it rests on the upper arch of the foot, and at the ankle area. This helps to make the sneaker fit more snugly with just enough flexibility to avoid the shoe feeling tight on the feet. The footbed also provides a cushiony place for the feet while adding a bit of spring to your step.
9. The traction is excellent
The Air Jordan 5 Alternate Grape sneakers are made to be used on the court, although they're great for casual sporty wear too. We love the fact that they have a strong and durable outer sole that gives them plenty of grip for excellent foot control when you're on the court. This enhances your safety whether you're walking down a wet sidewalk or playing your heart out on the basketball court. This is a part of the design that makes this sneaker a high-performance accessory.
10. The price is $190 but it's already going up
Anyone who simply has to own a pair of Air Jordan 5 Alternate Grape sneakers should consider moving fast before the supplies begin to dwindle. The manufacturer's suggested retail price is $190 per pair for adult sizes. Having said this, we've already seen evidence of the shoes being sold for a higher price. It's becoming a rule of thumb for the more popular new releases from Nike to go up dramatically in price when they start to become hard to find. It's wise to act fast to make sure that you don't overpay.
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