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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Air Jordan 5 Retro DB "Doernbecher" Black/White-Black September 2013

The Air Jordan 5 Retro is a part of the 2013 Nike x Doernbecher Freestyle Collection set to debut later this month.

This year, Nike will be launching their annual Doernbecher collection a little early. First up is the Jordan release in the form of an Air Jordan 5 Retro. They come in a black, white and black colorway designed by Isaac Arzate. Here is what Nike had to say about this specific collaboration:

Isaac Arzate who suffered a cardiac arrest at basketball practice and was sent from Salem to OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, where doctors discovered a previously undetected abnormality that is one of the most common causes for heart attacks in young people. Then in April 2012, 12-year-old Isaac tragically suffered a second heart attack, and did not survive.

Deeply saddened by his tragic passing but inspired by his passion and spirit, Nike and OHSU Doernbecher invited Isaac’s family to work together to finish the design that Isaac had started. Using Isaac’s original sketches as a guide and some more his parents found, they created a design reflecting Isaac’s vision and incorporating design elements that represented the things that mattered most to him in his life:

Isaac’s jersey numbers, 9 for baseball on the upper of the left shoe and 31 for basketball on the right.
The inside of the tongue features Isaac’s initials, and the dates of his birth and passing. Several parts of the shoe glow in the dark, including the eyelets, lace toggle, outsole, Nike Air unit and quarter panels. The upper features the words of a poem in black light ink that Isaac wrote just a day before he passed away. Some of the words include: “My team. My family. We are brothers forever. No matter what.”

Each pair includes a flashlight to complete the glow-in-the-dark effect, inspired by Isaac’s love of video games. A limited release, look out for Isaac's Air Jordan 5 Retro DB at select Nike retail locations as well as online at via "Twitter Link Only" on Saturday, September 14th, 2013. Retail is set at, $180.

Enjoy the official images below of the "Doernbecher" Air Jordan 5 Retro DB in black, white and black. If you're interested in picking these up when they release, check in with your local Nike retail locations to see if they will be receiving them. Those of you looking for a pair now can, grab them from eBay here.


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