Official Images of the CLOT x Air Jordan 5 Low
CLOT and Nike, Inc. have been working together for almost 20 years, with their first colab – the Air Max 1 'KOD' – dating all the way back to 2006. Time and time again, the brand founded by Edison Chen and Kevin Poon have worked with the Swoosh to explore different aspects of Chinese culture, ranging from tea ceremonies (the above-mentioned Air Max 1) to ceremonial silks (several Air Force 1s) and terra cotta soldiers (an Air Jordan 13 Low). Now, they're adding yet another silhouette to their collaborative canon by linking up with Jordan Brand for a new take on the Air Jordan 5 Low that's inspired by jade.
The use of jade for decoration or ornamentation is a part of ancient Chinese culture that's still alive and well today. Therefore, CLOT's low-top Air Jordan 5 features jade-like ringlets hanging from its eyestays, as well as a faint jade green shade on the midfoot and tongue's mesh netting plus the lace lock's toggle and the icy outsoles. One of these outsoles swaps its standard Jumpman graphic out for a CLOT logo as well, matching the switch made on the heels. Lastly, an abstract jade take on Michael Jordan's #23 can be seen on the lateral side of each collar.
Besides all its jade-inspired embellishments, the CLOT x Air Jordan 5 Low boasts a satin-like black upper, as well as hints of red on its laces and collar. This red acknowledges the red thread often used on traditional jade jewellery, the combination of which serves as a symbol of serenity and purity and is supposed to protect against evil. Last but not least, insoles provide a repeating charm print with co-branded details, and a special jade-inspired shoebox completes the offering.
At the time of writing, a global release has been tentatively pencilled in for May 20, and will likely be preceded by a drop at CLOT and Juice.
Want to learn about CLOT and Nike's full collaborative history? Click here for a rundown of some of their most well-known projects.