Coming Soon: Air Jordan 5 Retro “Aqua”

Player-exclusive sneakers are just that: sneakers that are exclusive to specific athletes. Because of their rarity, these PEs are often regarded as grails among avid collectors. Jordan Brand knows this. That’s why over the past few years, the sportswear powerhouse has been releasing versions of these exclusive pairs, sans player or team branding.

Last year, Jordan Brand released a “University Blue” Air Jordan 13 that called to mind NBA star Chris Paul’s Air Jordan 13 PEs from his time with the New Orleans Hornets. Now, in 2023, Jordan plans to drop a sneaker inspired by another one of the point guard’s player-exclusive pairs.

The upcoming Air Jordan 5 Retro “Aqua” is a riff on Paul’s Air Jordan 5s. Outfitted with a Hornets-inspired color scheme, this pair features a black nubuck upper with semi-translucent mesh overlays on the quarter panels and lower tongues. The upper is accented with “Aqua”-colored Jumpman embroidery on the tongues and heels – the same tone is used for the tongue’s lining. Speaking of tongues, this pair features 3M reflective ones.

Moving towards the sole, you’ll come across blacked-out foam midsoles, which feature the model’s signature spiky accents in a speckled “Taxi” tone. Visible Air units provide cushion to the heels, while the outsoles are done in semi-translucent “Aqua”-colored rubber.

Looking to get your hands on a pair? The Air Jordan 5 Retro “Aqua” will be available on and DTLR stores on April 8th in full-family sizing.