Sizing Guide: How Does The Air Jordan 5 Fit?

My Methodology

I like to preface this sizing guide by saying that there is no “perfect shoe size”, but rather a “size range” that works best for most people when it comes to sneakers. As you continue reading, understand that this “size range assumption” will serve as the foundation for the fit and sizing advice provided in this guide. Enjoy and I hope it helps!


HOW DOES THE Air Jordan 5 FIT?

The Air Jordan 5 fits slightly long when going true-to-size.

In most situations, the Air Jordan 5 fits slightly roomier than other Jordan models when going true-to-size or with your most common Nike or Jordan Brand size. This may not be an issue for those with wide feet, but others may opt for a different size, so continue reading for more helpful sizing tips based on your individual foot type and fit preference.


Sizing Tips

Air Jordan 5 Fit and Sizing Guide

My Personal Experience

In most cases, I personally wear a US size 12 in Jordan Retros and Nikes, but I prefer to go down a half-size to an 11.5 with the Air Jordan 5. When going tts, there’s more room in the toe than I prefer from a length perspective, so going with the smaller size gives me a fit that allows me to wear the shoes loosely laced, with no heel slippage.

Other Nike/Jordan that I go down a half-size in:

Air Force 1
Air Jordan 1
Air Jordan 6

In a pinch, I could still wear a size 12 if my preferred size wasn’t available, but I would probably have to wear thicker socks and tighten the laces a bit.

What Size Should You Get In The Air Jordan 5?

For Those With Narrow Feet

For those with narrow feet, you should definitely consider going down a half size from your normal Jordan/Nike size. Staying tts may result in excess room in the toe box area to cause foot movement when walking.

For Those With Wide Feet

For those with wide feet, you will be safe going tts or with your most common Nike or Jordan size due to the roominess of the Air Jordan 5’s toe area. Going up a half size may create a situation where there is too much extra length in the shoe and you may experience unwanted forward foot movement when walking.

For Those That Prefer A Snug Fit

Those that prefer a snug fit should definitely consider going down a half-size from their most common Nike size in the Air Jordan 5 to achieve a comfortable 1-to-1 fit.

However, if you’re in a pinch and can’t find your preferred size, staying with your most common Jordan/Nike size would most likely work, but may require you to tighten up your laces for a more secure fit.

For Those That Prefer A Roomier Fit

If you prefer a roomy fit, then staying with your most common Nike/Jordan size should provide ample room for most buyers. However, if you’re in a pinch and can’t find your preferred size, going up a half-size may work, but avoid going down a half-size.

Fit Compared To Other Nike/Jordan Models

From my experience, the Air Jordan 5 has a similar fit profile to the Air Jordan 6 and 7 which I both prefer to wear in a US11.5 as opposed to my usual US12.


Air Jordan 5 FAQs

Answers To Common Questions

  • Considering it was originally released back in 1991 the Air Jordan 5 is a fairly comfortable shoe for what it is.

    It won’t blow you away by any stretch of the imagination, but the shoe’s visible air unit does provide enough comfort for casual wear and should hold up during most wearings as long as you don’t push them too far.

    As always, for added comfort, you can opt for after-market insoles that could add additional cushioning if needed.

  • Most Air Jordan 5 releases offer uppers comprised of full-grain leather, nubuck, or suede.

  • When it comes to most Air Jordan 5 offerings comprised of traditional leathers, they can be easily cleaned with a product like the Essential Shoe Cleaning Kit by Reshoevn8r which provides everything necessary to keep your pair looking fresh and for a reasonable price.

    Suede or nubuck iterations require a little more attention to detail which may require tools such as a suede eraser and suede brush.

  • If you’re into nostalgic Air Jordan models, then the Air Jordan 5 has to be in your collection.

    The silhouette was one worn by Michael Jordan the year before he won his first NBA championship.

    When it comes to which specific colorways to buy, my preference is to go with the OG colorways that MJ actually wore on the court.

    Of course, these are just my opinions, but since you asked the question…

    I’ll have to say, “Grab a pair if you haven’t already.”


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