Back in August 2014, Jordan Brand shelved the Air Jordan 3 with the intention of not dropping any new retro colorways, but thankfully though, they decided to bring back the model two years later. For the 2016 Black Friday release, Jordan Brand brought back the Air Jordan 3 OG ‘88 “True Blue,” which last arrived at retailers in retro form back in 2011. Last year, the model received the Premium treatment as well, when Jordan Brand dropped the Air Jordan 3 “Wool.” Based on recent reports of potential Jordan releases 2018, it seems that next year will also mark the comeback of an original Air Jordan 3 iteration.
Sneakerheads typically recognize the elephant print as a signature element of the Air Jordan 3, but this feature has never really been exclusive to the third Air Jordan silhouette. Countless sneakers have actually featured the elephant print, even those from Nike, such as the atmos x Air Max 1 and the NIKEiD Air Force 1. Even numerous accessories and products that were inspired by the Air Jordan 3 have also featured the elephant print. Thus, it cannot be denied that the Air Jordan 3 is responsible for its popularity. Even the iconic colorway of the Air Jordan 3 featured here is also remembered for its elephant print-covered overlays.
Sneakerheads might remember hearing rumors about the return of the Air Jordan 3 “Black Cement” every now and then over the past couple of years. The latest rumor is that it may end up joining the Air Jordan releases 2018 and this time the rumor may end up being true. The photos seen here are not actually of next year’s version, rather this pair was among Jordan Brand’s pop-up displays back in 2013. Nonetheless, it does look quite like a premium sneaker with its sleek Black-colored leather uppers, signature Elephant Print-covered overlays, and the OG “Nike Air” branding appearing on the tongues.
These latest rumors do not just hint at the possibility of this sneaker making a comeback next year, rather they point out exactly when it could actually hit the shelves. 2018 also happens to mark the model’s 30th Anniversary and sneakerheads can expect the Air Jordan 3 “Black Cement” to hit the shelves once again during the All-Star Weekend next year.