What Do You Think?: A Stampede of Elephant Print

September 12th, 2013 by | 18 comments


too much elephant print What Do You Think?: A Stampede of Elephant Print

In a week and some change the Air Jordan V 3Lab5 will release. The sneaker gets liberal with the use of the crackled grey print that first appeared on the Air Jordan III back in 1988, almost completely covering the upper with its squiggly lines. The release represents a kind of culmination of borrowings of that “Elephant Print” pattern, one that was for many years exclusive to the model that it debuted on. Is this a tasteful application or are you of the opinion that far too many models these days borrow that Elephant Print pattern from Tinker Hatfield’s 1988 masterpiece? Do you think the overuse of this iconic visual is a sacrilege of sorts, or are you a proponent of Nike giving consumers what they want?

Elephant print on other sneakers is nothing new. Showing the world how a proper appropriation could be pulled off was Supreme’s duo of Nike SB Dunk Low pairs back in 2002. As an obvious homage to the Air Jordan III, the NYC skate shop’s two pairs pulled at that print and some OG color blocking, opening up Pandora’s Box in doing so. Later on down the line Nike did it themselves with shoes like the Air Trainer SC Low and on the “Jordunk” version of the Air Jordan III from 2006, again delivering an obvious tribute to MJ’s third. The various “112″ series of releases from DJ Clark Kent also chipped in, as sneakers like the Nike Air Force 1 Low and the Nike Hyperdunk grabbed at the print.

On top of that, various models in the NIKEiD range would add the Elephant print to their midst – the Nike Air Force 1 breaking ground on that side of things (Soon after the Nike Air Max 1, Nike Dunk, and Jordan Spiz’ike would have the option available as well). Fast forward to the current day, where the sneaker world is prepping for the release of a retail pair that embraces the print like none other – the Air Jordan 3Lab5. Does the pattern still have special appeal? Or has Nike sampled it a bit too many times in their history? Let us know if you still appreciate elephant print sneakers down in the comments to get the discussion going.

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18 comments
kshaun12
kshaun12

dont see how anybody like these...like at all...

ishidaking
ishidaking

These aren't something I would cop, and a goo sum of the people that will cop them are just buying it cuz they 5s or to resell them for a profit

PS don't buy shoes if you wanna make a profit just let your customers buy it themselves

Jay088
Jay088

some of that print is cool. JB used an exaggerated amount on those 5s

JFresh_136
JFresh_136

Those 5s are a disgrace to the 5s and elephant print itself....

heat_meiser
heat_meiser

shoes are a pass, but the article name made me chuckle

tenten
tenten

I agree 100% with LUX09NC.  These days shoe companies are simply milking their customers with stupid releases of an iconic shoe such as the Air Jordan and making an entire shoe out of one part of another.  The elephant print on the Air Jordan 3's is what made the shoe different among other brands.  When you ask me what I like of the Air Jordan 3 it is the small piece of the print on the heel and toe.  I personally would never buy these all elephant print Air Jordan's.  It is like the "weather man" and "thermal" foamposites.  Those tow pairs especially the thermal look like a wonen's time of the month rather than a thermal reading.

LUX09NC
LUX09NC

Straight overkill on the elephant print, the difference between these 5s an other shoes done with elephant print, is they where done with just the right amount. They pretty much abuse the print in this shoe.

NewSneakerScent
NewSneakerScent

Now blue tint soles look nice on these but still too much elephant print fa me,plus I'll never evn if I did cop so no need to grab then..good luck to the homies tryna get em tho

DimeBagOfSwoosh
DimeBagOfSwoosh

To be honest, I have never been too fond of elephant print anyway, even though the cement 3's kinda grew on me as the years went by. But yeah, either too much elephant print on one shoe, or elephant print on too many shoes is not a good thing at all.

Alejandro8675
Alejandro8675

these arent that good of a shoe but they are so unique that sneakerheads and hypebeasts alike will cop because there will never be anything like it ever again.

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

Sometimes Elephant Print just doesn't work on all sneakers. I think it depends if the design of the sneaker is executed well with Elephant print. I remember someone doin' a AF1 Bespoke "True Blues" and imo it was well done.

EliPaul
EliPaul

I love elephant print. It is one of the best designs ever... for small details. The cement 3s, 112s and supreme sbs all do the print justice and show how great it can be.But the 3lab5 is just too much.Its ruining elephant print and its greta reputation is going down the drain with it.

Cmkpunk16
Cmkpunk16

@ishidaking  yeah, i'm sure people will take that wise opinion. I know dudes who put food the the table cause of a simple resell. Anyone who is stupid to pay that high ass price. Their the problem. Not the resellers. They're making money off a simply spending some time out in front of a building or using bots online. Why not do it is the question.

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