The inception, and subsequent release, of the Air Jordan 5 “Black Grape” had many sneaker aficionados wistfully wanting to add black suede to other classic Jordan models. What would it be like to have the Air Jordan 5 “Laney” get that same black suede treatment? Well so it seems we have that wish granted, albeit not by the same name, but more or so by the same premise. Originally named (by many sneakerheads) the Air Jordan 5 “Black Laney” , we now have pristine shots of the Air Jordan 5 ‘Shanghai Shen’. The shoe gets its name by way of, and dually in homage to the Nike presence and development in Shanghai, China.
The kicks do just as many wished, placing black suede on the “Laney” blue and maize colorway. The suede is a smooth premium flawless suede. Present on the heel where the iconic 23 would usually be sits an unidentified crest. There’s no set date or even intel if they’ll even release in the United States, but for now all we can do is hope. Having seen them at the recent SneakerCon DC I can vouch that the pictures are not in the least misleading. These kicks are something to marvel at. Keep it locked as we will have more information available as soon as we get it. All hail the Year of the 5s!