Air Jordan 3Lab5: Inside the Lab

July 16, 2013 BY / 42

When thinking back on some of the most iconic materials, patterns and prints in sneaker history, it’s clear that the Air Jordan line is in a category all by itself when it comes to blazing trails and setting trends for years to come. With each new model in the lineage, the Air Jordan series has pushed and evolved footwear design in bold new directions and the rest of the sneaker industry has always taken note and followed suit. Nowadays, you can find design cues that originated with the Air Jordan catalog present on all different types of shoes from just about any brand you can think of.

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and Nike/Jordan Brand has usually taken these recurring incidents of sneaker plagiarism in stride, content in setting new bars and watching the competition scramble to keep up. After all, in most cases, you can’t claim ownership of a color or a type of leather or a certain pattern,

so like in any industry, there will always be competitors eager to follow the lead of those sitting at the top of the creative food chain.

Now almost 30 years deep, the Air Jordan line has a track record that speaks for itself, but there’s something to be said for getting credit where it’s due. This fall, Jordan Brand will drop some knowledge on the sneaker game by way of a new premium collection that pays homage to the history of the line and the groundbreaking design achievements that were introduced along the way. With 2013 being the “Year of the V”, it makes perfect sense for the Air Jordan 3Lab5 to be the shoe to kick things off. While photos have been floating around for a while, the full story has yet to be told, so go inside “the lab” with Sneaker News Select for everything you wanted to know about the 3Lab5 and the Air Jordan Elements collection.

39 comments
Rico2332
Rico2332

These hoes are firee! Fuck all the haters

treal
treal

Best shoe of the year

treal
treal

@Timz09  shut the fuck up with yo hype beastin ass ,bitch you drink bleach

Timz09
Timz09

If you REALLY think this is the BEST shoe of 2013.....do your thing.

TimothySou
TimothySou

cant wait to see the 5Lab3s man....

Old Head 1
Old Head 1

Take these motherfuckers back to the pokemon center!

billspinigan
billspinigan

Guys, guys. Guys. Listen. Guys, for real. Hear me out. Let's take... guys... listen.. let's take elephant print.. hear me out... and put it all over... for real, guys.. put it all over the entire. freakin. shoe. BOOM! Right?!

DimeBagOfSwoosh
DimeBagOfSwoosh

Back to the lab, kid, back to the lab. These things are mad frankensteinish.

kshaun12
kshaun12

idc what nobody says, them V's is FUCKING DIRT!

jeremy_mmg
jeremy_mmg

honestly this just makes me restore all hope for jordan brand this is what its all about paying tribute to the goat taking elements of his carrier from each shoe and sharing it with another one its nice to see there coming up with new concepts i dont even mind the price tag because the material concept story nd packaging is well worth it good thing i work at footlocker lol

Sole_2_Sole
Sole_2_Sole

^^ mann shut youre dumb ass up.. always gota be somebody to say some dumb shit.

billspinigan
billspinigan

You just provided enough evidence to back up what I think you're trying to say.

"C.E.O."
"C.E.O."

LMFAO! XD Jordan Brand seriously needs to find new designers.

diegoz95
diegoz95

man an all 3m 3 would be pretty dope concept just look at the green beans and those 3m six rings pretty dope shoes hope they really experimenting with that in the lab jaja

diegoz95
diegoz95

@donaldkun @calladito95 i cant believe i forgot about those, those are the ones that got me into Js jaja and i forgot about them but yeah those 3M toros are dope too and don't forget them laker 6s only thing i don't like about those is the stiching

ILIKESHOES
ILIKESHOES

250? so apparently if we want good quality we have to pay horrible prices... smh

Big_Infinite
Big_Infinite

The lower profile / leather tongue is fire.

Sole_2_Sole
Sole_2_Sole

NOT for $250! not when it costs the same to produce a III or a V. JB slap yoself, w baby powder in youre hands!!

KenDo
KenDo

I want to see the samples that got passed up. We all know by now that the people who make decisions on cws at jb have horrible taste.

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