December 26, 2012 BY John Kim / 188
There’s not much more we can say about this jaw-dropping turn of events. The Air Jordan III is indeed making yet another return after a sick 2011 re-issue of the OG catalog (we’ve seen Bright Crimson and Joker already), but this upcoming Air Jordan III dubbed the ’88 Retro is in fact featuring Nike Air on the heel. The most controversial, beaten-horse topic in sneaker forums for nearly a decade has been centered around the lack of original ‘Nike Air’ branding on the Air Jordan (particularly the shoes ranging from Air Jordan III to Air Jordan VI), but it looks like Jordan Brand is putting that argument to a swift close with this latest development. This special release will in fact come with a nice commemorative back-story, with Jordan’s 1988 Slam Dunk Contest win possibly at focus (perhaps a February release). Is this a sign of things to come? Will Nike Air make a return with more AJ3 original colorways, as well as the IV, V, and VI? Check out the additional shots of the Air Jordan III ’88 Retro 2013 with Nike Air and leave a comment below.
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OH WOW!! "Nike Air On The Back"! That BS does NOT matter. Because the shoe still looks like crap. The "Elephant Print" looks HORRIBLE! The shoe looks like a FAKE straight up. Cheap azz QUALITY. Jordan Brand/Nike is just continuing the demolishing of a legacy. I don't care how many BS marketing schemes they TRY to use. It is what it is! Poor quality, HIGHER prices. People! DON'T BE FOOLED (again). Peace.
they need to make the lines in the elephant print not as thick/dark to make them also look like the 1988 orginals...who agrees ??
this song pretty much sums it up "ME and MY KICKS" https://soundcloud.com/trama-1/me-and-my-kicks
Lol smfh...Too little, too late.....Nike is KIL.LING you peoples bank accounts and you are all THANKING them! lol..I have 2 pairs of the 2011s so unless the quality on these 'Nike Air" WC3s are top notch like a Bin 23 shoe, Im definitely not going outta my way to get a pair,
Finally! An ACTUAL retro of a Nike Air Jordan again, instead of these "Jordan Jordan's" under the guise of a 'retro'... THANK YOU JB! Thank you for putting aside your differences, and teaming up with Nike again, you know... the company that MADE you/gave you your start.
Nike: Now's your chance! Buy back JB, add Nike Air on the heel of EVERYTHING, so we can have REAL Jordan retro's all the time. And bring back that 'quality control' these guys don't seem to be fond of. Like the quality materials they use to use when they were trying to GET our money and NEEDED us... not the materials they use now, knowing that they HAVE us, and that we'll pretty much buy anything they put out. Appreciate it!
p.s It really shouldn't have been such a big deal, if Jordan weren't so greedy. But we're picky(and most are elitist), so details matter. But anyway... THANK YOU FOR THIS GIFT! *Don't forget to sell them in Australia! Also, please don't cater to the homeless poverty stricken "re-sellers" by making them too limited... Ebay is full enough as it is with all your OTHER stock. Cheers
I remember people complaining saying the Melo 1's shouldn't be 140... But then I left an elaborate comment about the "OG" costing an extra 30 bucks! I also said if Nike dropped any Jordan's 3-6 it would be an auto cop!!! Now I won't say I saw the future but expect to see more premium Jordans with a higher retail price on them & better quality less, meaning less glue marks & premium leather! Who cares it's well worth it anyway! I'd pay 200 for these before 250 for a foam any day! I love foams but an OG jordan with Nike box, Nike Hangtags, Nike air on the insole, Nike Air Tags on the tongue, & Nike Air on the back?!? Lets go... I wouldn't dare wear the shoe from 88 so it could fall apart on me but I can get some from 2013 rock or stock for a year or two then rock! If you're mad about this release so what go get charged an arm and a leg for a shoe that's going to fall apart! Other than that enjoy the fact History is repeating itself! I still got my photo of MJ jumping from the free throw line in these in the dunk out in 88! He needed a 50 to win & got the 50 & beat Nique! Best dunk out ever... Go learn something!
i would have personally chose a diff color way.. since these dropped a year ago.. makes no difference whats on the heel.. most people dont care if its and og or not.. they usually tucked in a closet or case... i want the indiglo 14s to retro imo...
Ok honestly WTF. I'm reading straight complaining bullshit. NIKE AIR this JUMPMAN that, OG HEADS vs YOUNG HYPBEAST. Got damn y'all need 2 grow up. All I see coming from this is that da price will go up. Look at da KNICK/MELO 1's that are about 2 drop. A shoe that was 110 115 now 140. Ppl still complain becuz "it's not a OG COLORWAY". Y do y'all always gotta complain. Young generation is not ruining the sneaker game. Jus cuz we get what we like. I don't follow a damn trend. Only thing that comes out of this is Da price will go up. And resellers will be pissed(happy about that). Lets jus roc what we lik n enjoy wat we get this ain't the 80's & 90's anymore.
I could care less about "ruining the value of the og's". Who gives a damn. Most of you don't don't have that shit anyway and are complaining. My thing is, these just dropped a year ago. If they wanted to do this, they should have dropped them then. JB is on a money mission. In a couple of years, everybody will have every shoe and Jordan's will be wack. They already are imo with the events of the last few years.
I would like to see the 17's being retro. One of my favorite Jordan Sneakers. 2002 was a great yr. I honesty dogged ever single pair of 17's but I still have the brief cases that a few of them came in...lol I played ball in them and just tossed them after they were unwearable. regrets of a young man...lol They were $200 back then they will be like $250-$280 when they retro them...smh
in paris all the AJ3s cost from 250 to 300 euros(i was there last week). i am SO HAPPY to see them keeping their jumpmans forever!!
Look simple as people didn't have the chance to be born in the 80s or before Michael started playing his games. Unfortunately some of us were born after he stopped playing or even during he was so we never really had a chance to own a pair of 'OGS' so it isn't fair on the younger generation. I think NIke and Jordan did a great job here. If you're complaining about price drops or quality changes then you're nothing but a hypebeast yourself. Thank you Jordan Brand !
Fuck "OG heads" and Fuck "young hypebeasts". Its seems to me everyone wants to bitch about how it use to be or how they weren't old enough to cop the original. Like it or not you "OG heads" were the OG hypebeasts and the so called modern day hypebeast will one day be considered "OG heads". If you like it just say its cool if not say its wack, everyone needs to stop writing their fuckin life story no one gives a shit. We come here for news on sneakers not your bitchin. Ima cop the nike air is pretty clean, and thats how its done ladys.
At the end of the day, we can bitch, moan, and groan about all of the "OG" Jordan's and their lack on Nike Air on the heel but guess what, we will still buy the shit regardless!!! I was born in '81 and have bought every Jordan up until to the Jordan XX! Do i give a damn about the Nike Air??? HELL NO!!! I get a nostalgic feeling anytime I'm copping a retro, OG color way or not!!! I'm still going to rock the damn shoes the same, Nike Air or Jumpman!!! Smdh, Jordan Brand can't please you people!!! We will still cop, shitty quality or not, Nike Air or Jumpman!!!
People complaining about "hypebeast" when the OG heads are the one's who made the shoe for what it is making these young sneakerheads wanting them just like I wanted them when I was there age. Nike would be stupid not to put the nike air sign on the back. They are a business and at the end of the day they know this will sell. I got mine from 04" and 2011 so im good. People should be concerned with quality of the shoe because these will probably cost more then the 2011 and be just as bad quality.
AHHHHHHHH YES!!!!!!! Now the Resell Value will go down. Oh yeah now i def have to Fuck with Jordan 's once more now.
thank you JB can tell you do read every post trying to inspire everyone to go and cop a pair. also great marketing idea imo bringin nike back will give him 2 markets jordan retro and nike og, always finding ways to keep us goin. This will also hype up people to realize the importance of JB to also keep retros like the beloved AJ5 with the jumpman on the back with the 23 but also keep it OG hopefully later on in 2 yrs also bringin all the retros from next yr to also come back with the nike air. I have a feelin the 11s jumpman will also see a turnaround if u know what i mean
I kinda want another pair of the white/cement III's (the midsole paint on my 2011's is starting to chip a little) and this new development make that want a need.
I just have a question to all the "OG" 'heads that are complaining about the younger generation. What about the ones like myself that are like a legacy now and were born into this sneaker collecting? My dad was born and raised in Chicago and used to be a collector back in the late 80's until I was born. Then he gave it up to help raise me. All my life though he's made sure I'm in some heat and I knew who Jordan was. At about the age of 13 I started choosing my own shoes. (I didn't know much about collecting then) Now at the beginning of this year I finally understood and started to avidly collect. Every pair I've got since then (only a handful) has had a special moment behind it for me. An example is the Bred 11. One of my very first memories of Jordan is when he won the championship on Father's Day. I sat right next to my dad watching it. Now I didn't get the 2012 ones because I got the Cdp 11's about 3-4 months ago. Not all of us are in this for the hype. Some are in because they genuinely do remember the man behind the shoe.
"Good for those who missed out on the most recent 3's I suppose, but I'd rather see them retro 15's-20's. I haven't seen a pair of 15 cool greys since they came out and rarely anyone rocking a pair of anything 15+." real talk i had to re-post this because I had the cool grey 15s when i was younger lol im surprise people remember those
i dont really care about the nike air in the back, its still the same SHOE!!!!! but i wonder why JB never used the basketball with wings logo on the side of the Air Jordan Ones. that wouldve been interesting to see behind the Air Jordan 3s
Great move to try and kill the resellers that ask for $350.00 + for sneakers. It's a dope idea, alot of the OG Jordans from the 80's are unwearable and if your a collector you can keep your OG's put away and still be able to rock that 80's early 90's OG Jordan's look. But the sneaker game has changed over the last 3 yrs. I remember when the Space Jams dropped in 09 it was a simple as walking into a store at 8am and buying your pair. In 3 yrs we have RSVP's we have raffle's. I use to camp out for kicks it was a good way to meet and talk to real sneaker collectors. It was part of the culture. But I'm glad that Nike/Jordan have done these Re-Stocks. Jordan's went from a basketball sneaker to a lifestyle sneaker. Times have changed and we all have to just deal with it....
everybody losing their fucking minds lol. Personally I feel, if it's not an OG, it shouldn't have Nike Air on it
everyone and there grandma gonna b tryna cop these all becuz JB put the nike air on the back again not complaing but damn
I love this move....and I hate it at the same time. I would finally be able to get a wearable pair of 3s with Nike Air on the back without paying a rape price (assuming they would be dropped next year and I could get the proper connect), which is something I really, really like. At the same time, it sorta diminishes the value of the first Retros and the OGs that OG 'heads have been collecting. It's gonna be one of those "oh now ERRYONE got those" sorta things, you feel me? It'll be annoying seeing kids flaunting 2013 retros as if they were actually from '88, but then again, what can you do? I'll definitely buy this shoe nevertheless. Just a neutral point of view.
So let me get this straight, a lot of you were just complaining about how the Jumpman Logo was on the back and how you wanted the Nike Air back. Now that they are doing what you've asked now you're complaining that there will be hypebeast....geesh it is virtually impossible to please some of you so called "sneakerheads"
Thanks JB for bringing back the Nike Air! Thanks for listening to the people that spend their hard earned money on your shoes.
This is good news but at the same time it makes feel like WTF @ JB. You wait til after most of the more sought-after shoes that had the Nike Air on them retro and people buy and then decide to do this out the blue. It just feels like a Money play over anything.
Thank you Jordan Brand. I remember last year some guy on NikeTalk was saying that this was going to happen. And here it is. Nice, I am happy. Thanks SneakerNews!
1st off. The only people talking about value of shoes dropping are resellers, and YOUR OPINION DOESN'T MATTER YOU SCUM SUCKING LEECHES. 2nd. I could literally find more than one article for each day of the last year where people complained about no nike air. Now when a dope shoe has it, not the knicks 1s, but the cement 3s!!!! People are complaining?!?!? I gues JB can't win. I'm coppin these FOR SURE, and if JB wants to keep on nike airing their retros, thats fine by me.
3s and 4s were the only jordans i ever liked, and to be honest with you "nike air" with the check on the back is just 100 times more attractive than a jump man.
It always makes me chuckle how niggas talk about Jordans like the're more than just sneakers. "OG Heads" complain about hypebeasts but what they don't realize is that they're part of the reason there is a such thing as a hypebeast. I like sneakers, but some of you guys take this shit way too serious, and that's the problem. So what if Jordan Brand decides to start releasing kicks with Nike air on the back again? Isn't that how the shoe was made in the first place? Why not release something as close to the original as possible? Who cares if they've released this shoe a million times? If you really liked the shoe because you thought it looked nice then this wouldn't be a problem. Quit treating Jordans like they're stocks and bonds.
IMO coming from the DMV area---->What people fail to realize is this generation is already fucked...its not about hypebeast and shoes and shit like that its about what is hot this generation. Past generations it was about North Faces, and 8 ball jackets, and starter jackets, this generation it just so happens to be about shoes and this shoe thing will not stop cause we raise our kids, starting as infants coming out the womb rocking jordans so it wont stop for a while, For the ones who dont have the money its all about take what you want so you have killing and stabbing and all that shit. We are too materialistic as a whole.
I bet it is not gonna be the same price as it was in 88 tho. I wont be surprised if they ost more than current retroes
It's just a logo change. I mean if everyone wore their kicks and spent time ballin' with them (like they were made for) and not flaunting or selling them then this won't be such a big issue.
Old sneakerhead young sneakerhead whatever, you guys collect (and hopefully wear) the same shoes and that's that. Logo change or not, you people wear the same thing and no matter what you guys are still the same set of sneakerheads.