Facts

  • Top
    Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from
    Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection
    Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    Price
    $165
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Summary

We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

17 reasons to buy

  • A nice blend of the old and modern styles in a high-top profile.
  • Super flexible and doesn’t require a break in time.
  • Reviewers like the snug fit of the Nike Air Penny V.
  • The translucent rubber on the outsole is very durable.
  • A reviewer really loved that the high wear areas of the shoe such as the heel and under the ball of the foot are made of long-lasting rubber.
  • No slipping with the Penny V’s very grippy outsole.
  • Smooth transition from heel to toe without the imbalance feeling.
  • Good containing fit.
  • A wear tester said the feet is locked in the heel area when the shoe is laced up all the way.
  • This is 10x better than the previous Air Pennys in terms of comfort, according to a reviewer.
  • The mesh on the upper provides unrestricted air flow, thus it offers more ventilation.
  • The foot-shaped sole feels well-balanced.
  • The actual shoe looks awesome and better as opposed to some of the images displayed online.
  • The midsole foam is nice and soft.
  • There’s plenty of support which offers ease to the feet.
  • Nice shoe laces, almost like the Air Jordan XI rope laces.
  • A sneaker that looks appealing with casual pants or jeans.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A reviewer was expecting to feel the Zoom air cushioning, but noticed that this sneaker seems to just have a full foam in the forefoot.
  • Reviewers find this shoe too expensive.
  • It looks like a performance sneaker without much of the technical stuff in it.

Bottom line

The Air Penny V is definitely a throwback of the 1990s silhouette which retained the general feel of the ball shoe of the Air Penny line back in the day. This comeback silhouette with modern updates has an instant appeal to Air Penny fans and sneaker enthusiasts. However, this version has less of the performance benefits one can associate with a basketball shoe, particularly the absence of Zoom Air in the forefoot. The sneaker may cost a pretty penny, but it still has supportive and cushioning features that mimic the basketball features of previous installments.

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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.

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.

Fit & Sizing

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.

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.

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 footballer Victor Cruz in Orlando colorway, and American rapper Wale in Air Penny V Phoenix.