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The Air Jordan 3 “Desert” Gives “Black Cements” An Aged Look

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Despite handfuls of remaining Air Jordan releases in 2021, the rumor mill has begun churning with details and mock-ups of what to expect from #23’s signature sneaker line in 2022. The latest proposition?: An Air Jordan 3 “Desert.”

Not to be confused with the patchwork-constructed, camouflage-laden pair that was confirmed for Jordan Brand’s Holiday 2021 collection, the newly-surfaced pair is believed to follow a an original “Black Cement” color-blocking. Smooth and tumbled leather are rumored to make up the bulk of the shoes’ upper, while Tinker Hatfield’s iconic elephant print reprises its inaugural role around the toe and heel. Instead of a light grey, however, the upcoming Jordans don a sandy “Desert” tone at the animal-inspired components. When paired with the tongue, collar lining and tread of the same color, the latest iteration of Hatfield’s first design for Michael Jordan sports an “aged” look. Retail versions of the sneaker will likely look different from the early sketches featured here, but a manufactured vintage aesthetic wouldn’t be too outside of the realm of possibility. Heels will likely don a Jumpman logo, but “NIKE AIR” branding would further play into the “aged Black Cements” moniker this Jordan 3 has already begun receiving.

Enjoy an initial mock-up of the retro here below, and anticipate a Nike SNKRS release during Summer 2022.

Elsewhere under the NIKE, Inc. umbrella, the Louis Vuitton Air Force 1 collection is anticipated to launch throughout Spring/Summer 2022.

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UPDATE (10/12/2021):
A release date is confirmed for April 30th, 2022.
Air Jordan 3 "Desert"
Release Date: Apr 30th, 2022 (Saturday)
Color: N/A
Mens: $200 Style Code: CT8532-008

Images: @zSneakerHeadz