Size and fit

The fifth installment of the Nike Air Penny retained the same lacing system as the previous basketball silhouettes under this line, which offers a customized fit. This shoe generally runs narrow and available in medium width. The sizing options for this shoe ranges from 8 to 13 US.

Nike Air Penny V Style

The Nike Air Penny V is a revival of the prominent basketball silhouette in a high-top configuration. The comeback of the Orlando colorway is meant to transform an old court favorite to a fashionable streetwear as this sneaker puts a sporty touch to a pair of jeans and rolled up skinnies.

Notable Features

A hardwood legend gets an updated look with the release of the Nike Air Penny V. The entire silhouette, from the mesh upper down to the Air bladder unit in the sole resembles the previous Air Penny models that loyal NBA fans and basketball collectors raved about back in the 1990s. However, this fifth installment, splashed with modern updates such as reflective materials and fused technologies on the upper is more functional off the court as Nike trimmed down some of its performance elements, yet maintained the cushioning and supportive features, which makes this sneaker ideal for casual wear.

Nike Air Penny V History

The Nike Air Penny V is the fifth installment signature shoe of legendary NBA player Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, who played basketball for the Orlando Magic back in the 1990s. He added color to the league along with towering icon Shaquille O’Neal.

Nike spotted Penny, a young talent who entered the league after the greatest player of all time Michael Jordan announced his first retirement back in 1993.Nike teamed up with Penny and initially laced him up with a couple of basketball shoes during the athlete’s first two seasons in the league such as the Nike Air Up ’94, Nike Air Prevail, Nike Air Flight 96, and Nike Air Flight One.

Finally, at the 1996 All-Star Game, Penny got his feet strapped with his very own signature ball shoe named the Nike Air Max Penny 1 in white/black-royal, which started a new line of performance shoes for the brand. Nike adapted the same successful marketing formula it did with the Air Jordans in the series of drops of the Nike Penny line.

A year later, the second installment shoe of this stellar performer was dropped on the hardwood, named the Nike Air Penny 2. It was released in the familiar OG Atlantic Blue colorway, a combo of white leather and soft blue suede.

During the 1996-1997 season, Penny was seen with a segue shoe called the Nike Foamposite One. Designed by Eric Avar, the same creative mind behind the Nike Air Shake Ndestrukt, the Foamposite 1 features the best elements Nike has to offer during that time.

This single-piece seamless shoe, constructed out of a liquid foam mold has cushioning and supportive properties such as the Zoom Air, a carbon spring plate, and a translucent outsole that offer efficient lateral movement. Apparently, this model was initially intended for another hoop star, Scottie Pippen, but a sudden twist of fate led this shoe to the feet of Penny.

On the following season, Penny sported his third signature shoe, the Air Penny III, however this player spent most of that season on the bench as he was battling off a knee injury. Fans would associate him more to the Foamposite as he did an outstanding ASG performance wearing such shoe before he suffered from an injury.

The 1998 Air Penny IV is the final signature hoop shoe from the series dropped and displayed by Penny during his NBA career. He was later seen wearing player exclusives and retroes of his earlier signature shoes up until his final game in 2008.

Four years after retiring from the league, in 2012, Nike literally resurrected the old hardwood signature sneaker, the Air Penny V in 11 popular colorways dropped in a series within that year. This shoe is built with mesh and leather on the upper and a smaller Swoosh branding on the lateral panel. The Penny V has its aesthetically pleasing silhouette reminiscent of the ‘90s basketball shoe, which apparently contains features that make it ideal off the court. The shoe has been retroed in a couple of colorways.

Additional Info

  • The outsole of the Nike Air Penny V is a mixture of two kinds of rubber: solid and translucent. The solid regions located in high wear areas are made of Herringbone traction pattern, while the rest of the sole offers good traction.
  • Outer layer of the upper is made of Nubuck, while the inner layer is made of Hyperfuse construction.
  • This sneaker has pull tabs for easy on and off wear.
  • Some familiar faces seen rocking their own Air Penny V’s are pro skater Paul Rodriguez in Black/Cool Gray-Tour Yellow, American soccerer Victor Cruz in Orlando colorway, and American rapper Wale in Air Penny V Phoenix.


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