When Air Jordans first debuted in 1985, they were priced at a pop. That's not expensive by today's standards but definitely was considered pricey three decades ago. Now, for a pair of Air NIKE TANJUN PREM Jordans, by 2017 standards, is very expensive, but that's just how much Nike is betting fans of the iconic sneaker will shell out for their latest release, the Air Jordan 5 Platinum Premium. Over the last few years, superstar blanche thanks to collaborations with the likes of Public School, Riccardo Tisci, Comme des Garçons, and even Drake's OVO brand, the sportswear giant has testing the premium footwear atmos air jordan 3 waters. It's a move that makes a lot of sense when you consider that over air jordan 6 oreo the last ten years, sneakers "inspired" by Jordan's iconic silhouettes have become commonplace, from Saint Laurent's high-tops to Hender Scheme's raw leather replica styles. (The only difference is that those shoes boast high three-figure price tags.) Just last month Jordan teamed up with artist Kaws on an all-suede version nike zoom live 2017 of the Air Jordan IV and released the bold Air Jordan 1 "Pinnacle" before that. But the higher end sneaker world isn't prone to sneaker wars type competition. It's a smaller pond dominated by much smaller companies like Common Projects and Buscemi, and with a fanbase that values craftsmanship over flash. At first glance, the Air Jordan 5 Platinum Premium doesn't appear all that different from your standard Jordan 5, but a closer look reveals the choice details. Gone the sportier air jordan 3 retro atmos touches Jordan fans will remember when the Bulls star dunked on fools back in 1990, replaced with details often found on the shoes of Jordan's high-end imitators. There's woven leather venting on the radial side air jordan 3 elephant (outside) of the shoe in place of the plastic found on the OGs and round fabric laces instead of the standard flat woven nylon. And the NIKE TANJUN SE upper is crafted entirely kobe a.d. nxt out of leather, everything from the tongue to the lace loops are crafted out of the same off-white hide. The question is, do people want to spend on a pair of Air Jordans, not on the aftermarket, but at retail? On one hand, you could argue that it's better to go to the source for some Jordans rather than pay some big name designer hundreds for their luxurious take on the classic. On the other hand, one could say that if you are dropping on some Js, you might as well spend it on your grail pair. But at the end of the day, there's no denying the Air Jordan 5 Platinum Premium is one handsome pair of sneakers, and is a wise choice for the man who still has a soft spot for MJ's signature kicks, but has moved on style-wise from the versions his Airness actually wore on the court.