January 10, 2013 BY John Kim / 427
One of the major developments in the sneaker world this season was the confirmed return of the Air Jordan III with ‘Nike Air’ on the heel. Considering the White/Cements last saw the light of day in this form back in 1994, the reaction to this news was, for the most part, positive. However, this latest bit of information might be a thorn on the side, as the retail price for the Air Jordan III with Nike Air will be set at $200 – a whopping $40 jump from the MSRP of the 2011 Retro version. Well, Air Jordan fans, you got what you asked for. But is it worth the price? Let’s get the conversation rolling in the Comments area below.
Air Jordan 3 Retro ’88
White/Fire Red-Cement Grey-Black
If you don't think the jumpman looks out of place, awkward, even cheap on the back of all the early J's, then you just don't know the difference. Not your fault, it's a generational thing. To 30-somethings who actually remember what the early J's looked like with the Nike Air logo on the back, we'll pay $200 for the shoe to look right. And it's not just a "branding" thing, although the quality of these shoes did go to crap with the emergence of JB, the jumpman just looks out of place back there. There's too much empty space with the jumpman on the back, and that looks cheap to me. Just wait until you see more and more of the Nike Air logo on these shoes and I guarantee you will know what I'm talking about.
To those who are born after 1988 will NEVER understand what these shoes meant.. This is what we remembered them as. You sissy ass complaining bitches can stick to your shitty ass 2003/2011 white cement 3's.. End of debate!
I can afford them, I certainly can, but to blow my hard earned money for "NIKE" on the back is just silly. I have the 2001 and 2011 retros with "Jumpman logo AIR" on the back, and I can live with that... :)
Why is everyone complaining about the price so much? Either you want it or you don't, opportunity cost, etc. I'm 32, had a bunch of J's when I was a kid and a few retros in the 90's, and now I'm finally going to get another pair . . . you know why? Because it has the correct logo on the back. That jumpman on the back has killed it for me for years, looks cheap. This is awesome, keep bringing it!
You all know that the NIKE AIR treatment is making a huge comeback right? This is just the beginning.. I'm pretty sure the black cement 3's gonna make a return with Nike air along with the 4's 5's 6's etc.. And watch everyone be on this shit!
It's called supply and demand. Sneakerheads have been wanting the Nike Air and you finally got it for an extra $40. To each his own. Im not copping. If you got the money and you really like the shoe then go for it but im fine with the one's i got without the nike air.
Hypebeasts and idiots who think the "Nike Air" makes any difference can go ahead and drop 200 on this trash. I would rather drop 250-300 on something really dope on Ebay or get some Foams. Ill be focused on the He Got Games, you can have this trash
They're going to sell out regardless. I love the 3's like everyone else, but I'm undecided. I'd much rather have some paint on the midsole that doesn't crack but we all could complain about something right?
Regardless what anyone says, like it's probably been said within these 366 comments, there's gonna be a stacked line and regardless of what any of our devoted selves say, they're still gonna read $200 and will still sell out... cold hard truth
Like on a serious note, I don't appriciate how JB would pull a cold move like this by increasing the price $40 like they expect everyone to pay for the "Nike Air" spinoff like the shoes are really worth what we are paying for when they are really not the OG's
40 just so my shoe can say Nike Air on the heel, I'm cool with the 2011 retro release, jordan don't know what else to come out with not to mention the quality had been so shity but as long as people keep buying the product there's no need to better the quality... kobe's and Labrons is the way to go if you want quality. ..
Even if they have a fucking NIKE AIR on the back, we all know they are not OG, they are retros.. If you buy them just becaus the logo. You a stupid fuck boy. Period. Die.
this shot is xrazy...i bet he raise the price and re release these motgs after thy drop..but truthfully might not...to pay 200$ retail fo true 88 retros is a GREAT deal... bullshit foams go for 220$ if your complaining idk
Look honestly I'll pay the price if the quality matches up with it. If they will be near B-Grade pieces of shit like the '11 release, which broke on me on some simple shit, then shit will compel me to say fuck you to them. Chances are though that just like all the recent bs that has been getting shovelled around. Shit they are beautiful though. Maybe they will balance out in the end.
Maybe someone has mentioned this already. But, I bet these selling for $200.00, just makes up for the crappy Air Jordan XX8 that they know WON'T sell... Smart move for Jordan Brand, but I'm passing on these, not worth it for me, but maybe for ''die-hard'' collectors. Btw, I've been wearing Js since '89. I had just miss these in '88 when I didn't buy Js yet, and I remember the 3s were selling for $100.00. :D
I Say We Boycott Jordan!
At least for this release. I was definitely one of the people adjusting my budget to cop up on the NikeAir 3s. But $200 is fucn ridiculous!
These r dope but yeah the price is pathetic ppl jizzing their pants already this is why they have this price cuz at the end of the day retards will pay regardless i miss the day when u copped for fun n able to cop a retro thru an eastbay magazine, not even gonna bother 2 try cuz OG sneakerheads will cop 2 pairs hypebeasts probably gonna hack the internet n ppl dnt even bother doing that lottery system cuz foot locker employees n champ employees will probably keep em watch only like 2 ppl will be getting theirs on the release date
We market for Jordan Brand for free and they "repay" us by boosting prices....watch this.
So let me sum up the past 300 comments. Almost everyone's pissed to an extent. Most are still copping and a few are holding their ground and passing. And one dude Stephen densmore is just bitter as fuck and going to let everyone that comments know he's Witty and allowed to say whatever he wants because of the first amendment. At the end of the day lets just all be glad nike is actually listening to us and who knows that price just may come down $20 bucks by release time. But I wouldn't hold me breath!!!
LMAO at all these people saying that they aint gunna cop because of the price jump. But you guys are gunna be the same ones that'll be hella thirsty for a pair
I just have to say this and im not dissing anyone just my opinion. Regardless quality or not most folks getting mad upset etc., hopes this will work so other ppl get mad and won't get them so there chances are good. Honestly almost every retro for the last few years ppl been complaining but quitely the same ones emurge and cop them. We see them on youtube and on the sneakersites like SN how I was gonna pass but end up going to the mall and copped them. Seriously u ended up at the mall, this quality talk is old news now can't beat a dead horse. The majority of most ppl's closet are filled with sum of the lastest J's that u hated in pics but copped sum how. What gets me is ppl buy synthetic shoes such as lebrons and foams and other exspensive nikes all the time and there synthetic but get mad at JB for using it. Those shoes run 200-225 and going up still but ppl buy without a doubt even when u question the price. Look how the galaxy's got ppl same shoe different color just like J's but its okay even if u disagree with the price. The economy what makes prices go up its called inflation there a business so u got no choice but either to buy or don't. It sucks but what can u do get mad at nike and what is that going to do. Hasnt everything when up in the last 20 years look at gas, milk, rent, diapers, yall we in a different millenium. I kno, I kno, I kno, but somewhere yall mindset has to change and adapt to these current times of spending money on things we want. Again if quality was like the way yall want them to be this would still be an issuse, no nike on the bottom, 200 for a retro 3 period samething. Remember alot of yall wanted nike air back dispite the quality cuz yall wanted that OG look. Now that its here sum of yall renig on what yall said, I say this bcuz me and other folks read comments that yall make and when it bite yall in the ass u cant feel mad. Much love yall and regardless MJ doesnt have to drop retros but we love them so we buy them. Let just be real with ourselves with the choices we make regarding shoes. If u cant cop them cuz ur funds are low on any shoe dont play the blame game in these are wack just bcuz u can't gettem yet. Y'all can disgree but y'all gone hate it bcuz I'm right.
i wish everyone would stop buying jordans for atleast a month and see what happens to the price you see what he did with this nike air thing it should work with the price to think about it
Sorry JB you are losing my support and interest. Everybody got em anyway. The Nike isnt really that big of a deal for the price to jump. I understand your trying to spark interest for new age Jordan fans but this is just taking advantage. If you coppin like crazy people, dont let the hype get to your head and you look up and all you have to show for your worth is shoes.
"GTFO JB. .. I feel insulted as a consumer.
I wanted these, but I am not paying $200 damn dollars retail. We're not paying $200 for a premium quality shoe. We are paying $200 for a watered down retro that doesn't touch the quality of earlier retros/OGs. If they would have put a high emphasis on quality and did the elephant print right that would have justified the cost. Instead, they'll use the same poor materials and raise the price. I'm insulted that JB thinks I would go along with this. Of course these will sell out instantly, but you won't have to worry about me trying for a pair. Consumers thinking "Oh this is fine".. You are blind. They will start slapping Nike Air back on every popular retro to justify a price raise. Have fun with that shit. I'll just continue to stick to my Kobe's and KD's. I sold out of Jordans for a reason then I see this shoe pop up and I'm thinking wooow.. I got to have these. Then JB reminded me why I stopped buying their shoes in the first place. They don't respect the customers who support their products. This is a slap in the face.
I do not and will not own a pair of Jordans from here on out after this shit. There are plenty of other sig. lines I would gladly support before JB. Hell, I am not even a Lebron fan, but I'd buy a pair of his kicks WAY before these. Do people even realize what they are buying? They are buying a poorly constructed shoe that uses 20 year old technology and poor materials for a PREMIUM price. At least if you pickup a pair Lebron X's you get a premium quality basketball shoe with the latest technology."
So inflation on the exact same shoe is $40 over 2 years? So a basic pair of dunks should now cost $300 with that logic.
Another thing....its going to be hilarious seeing all of the people that get the on instagram, in reviews, in the malls, and on WDYWT taking pictures of or trying to show off the back of the shoe instead of the whole show Lol
At the end if the day who's gonna say "let me see the back of your shoes, oh he has the 88 joints on." ....nobody that i know of would even care even the most hardcore sneakerheads all in all a 3 is a 3 Nike air on or off
So most "sneakerheads" wanted this and here it is. Why all the complaints? There giving everyone what they want, of course you have to pay for it. I was told a long time ago, something is only worth what you want to pay. Hopefully the resale price on the 2011 goes down, i can care less about a nike air.
The economy had changed since '88 everything had went up gas, cars, etc... It's called supply and demand if u ain't got it don't cop