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Air Jordan III – Black – Cement – Nubuck | Detailed Images

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Sample sneakers are created to give retailers a preview of what to expect on their shelves in the coming seasons while giving designers a chance to improve upon their prototypes.  But in the case of the above pictured model, its design has been finalized since 1988 (2003 if you consider the heel branding), and though they do indeed represent a significant design shift, the purpose of the shoe seems to be more like a splash of cold water in the face.  Wake up, sneakerheads!  One of your all-time favorites is coming back when the Air Jordan III ‘Black Cement’ releases this holiday season, but Jordan Brand wants you to remember how perfect the AJ3 really is/was.  So despite the fact that the retail version will feature the classic black tumbled leather we’ve come to know and love, a sample pair of AJ3s crafted in nubuck has been circulating.  These joints also feature grey suede on the tongue, ankle and eyelets in place of the traditional leather, so what do you think of the material swap?  Click through to leave a comment and see some additional angles and stick with Sneaker News for updates like the ‘Black Cement’ release date.  via MN

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