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Air Jordan III ’88 – 2013 Retro To Feature Nike Air

December 26, 2012 BY / 188

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It’s. Happening.

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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188 comments
gotnewkix
gotnewkix

Still got these in stock if you need a pair [gotnewkix at gmail]

pellosofsamson
pellosofsamson

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.

Duduy
Duduy

Resellers are excited

Cpack
Cpack

Quallity or nike air symbol ....its funny we have 2 choose

mjair2013
mjair2013

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 ??

Uncle Joe
Uncle Joe

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,

BASSSEX7
BASSSEX7

meh i hope there clean and good quality 

caseyflinders
caseyflinders

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

crownmeking314
crownmeking314

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!

splashkicks
splashkicks

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...

ToonGriffeyJr
ToonGriffeyJr

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.

Gusto
Gusto

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.

cruzzknows
cruzzknows

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

NickBar
NickBar

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!!

inTheNameofQuen
inTheNameofQuen

let me guess now these will sellout n not sit on shelves for 3 months

merteskinova
merteskinova

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 !

Mister214
Mister214

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.

juelz203
juelz203

Complaining about leather quality will do nothing. AJ 3, I shall see you in February...

JackSpain
JackSpain

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!!!

kwest500
kwest500

whats next..? one with real leather..that theyll charge you an arm and a leg for?

jay8113
jay8113

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.

AkPifstar
AkPifstar

AHHHHHHHH YES!!!!!!! Now the Resell Value will go down. Oh yeah now i def have to Fuck with Jordan 's once more now.

LadariusSimonton
LadariusSimonton

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

Steved23
Steved23

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.

AljosaCikojevic
AljosaCikojevic

is it me or the the quality look way better than usual 

Stickologyyy
Stickologyyy

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.

ac2slater
ac2slater

"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

ac2slater
ac2slater

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

Umrickjames
Umrickjames

 @mjair2013that's what im screaming .. give us what we want... we're going to buy..

 

gotjordans
gotjordans

 @Gusto Or perhaps they will keep retro-ing a bunch of Jordan and upgrade the outsole, like they did on some 1s a few years back, and the 2s also... 

gotjordans
gotjordans

 @cruzzknows Someday, a Jordan retro will retail for $300.00, just around the corner... :/

 

gotjordans
gotjordans

 @merteskinova I'm concerned about the quality and price drops, and I'm not a hypebeast.  Explain your reasoning behind your comment please... :/

 

Uncle Joe
Uncle Joe

 @Mister214 Ur a geek,..U think u made a profound comment or sumthin??? lmfao

AkPifstar
AkPifstar

 @ac2slater i feel you on that. But i gotta say alot of ppl here in NYC Do rock 15+ Jordans

pippowz9
pippowz9

 @ac2slater the 3s were the first to feature the jumpman cause Hatfield start to design Jordan shoes and he changed the logo for marketing reason



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