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The Shoe that started it all...

A Review On: Air Jordan III Retro 2001

Air Jordan III Retro 2001

Rated # 1 in Air Jordan III
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Price paid: $320.00
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Pros: Jordan III, Nike Air, Classic Colorway, Wide Fitting

Cons: yellowing, cracking, air-bubble fogging, stitching coming loose


Throughout high school I have always wanted a pair of these but didn't know where to buy(before niketalk). I saw some on Flight Club and Ebay but the prices were $500 and up. One summer at college I had almost $1000 left over in grant money and my first idea was to buy this pair at a reasonable price. Surprisingly I won a pair for $320 from a NT member named DMoney(I think) through ebay. On the box was a price tag that read $100.00!!!! The shoes came in the mail a week later and I have been wearing them ever since.


The Air Jordan III. NT understands why the design of this shoe works so well. At the time, peak performance with hi-class style. The elephant print on my specific pair is pretty even. I've seen some where there is a difference of thickness of print. The black pebbled leather on the upper is soft with a clear contrast to the un-pebbled leather in contact with the midsole. The perforated cement grey accents up top closely match the sockliner around the heel. Nike Air is printed on the red insole. This release was the last Jordan III with Nike Air on the back tab.


These fit wide. I am flat footed so these shoes fit perfect. I understand why the original release included arch supports. lol. I have not used these for basketball, but for walking purposes, these shoes are more than adequate. The nike-air does its job even 10+ years after production. Sometime I lace these to the top, resulting in creasing in the tongue. Lacing through the last black plastic loop also works well to keep the shoe secure. Provides as much support as a late 80's shoe can


On the midsole of this shoe there was some yellowing, which is understandable due to its old age. I'm not sure if it is painted or not, but I have heard that the midsole is dyed white? Other than the yellowing on the midsole the rest of the shoe is immaculate! The white part of the outsole near the toe-cap was white and still is today.


With wear, cracking is inevitable. On the midsole paint/dye that is...I guess I was pretty lucky with how the previous owner stored the shoes. I have been wearing these shoes at least once a week for the past 3 years! no midsole deterioration(knock on wood).


The only problem with the stitching is near the top eyelet. With repeated use one of the threads has come loose. But overall the stitching has stayed true.


Once in a while I'll wipe the upper down with Armor All Leather Protectant/Cleaner. I use the one the comes in a spray bottle which lasts longer than the wipes. I use the same product on the back heel tabs to keep from drying which can lead to cracking. For the midsole/outsole I use the Mr. Clean magic eraser(generic ones work too). These are stored indoors at room temperature. For the view-able nike-air area near the heel, I use a Q-tip to clean the dirt that collects there. While the window may be foggy, using a blow dryer does clear it up...temporarily. Humidity/shrink wrapping/not wearing your shoes will cause midsole deterioration. So if you have a DS pair...caution when wearing!

Final thoughts...

Probably the shoe I will buried in. lol. Since 2001, this colorway has been retro-ed twice with the CDP and the release from last year. These iconic shoes will probably come back years from now and there will be a day where I need to retire my 2001 pair. Until that day I'll enjoy these till the soles falls off...

1 Comment:

Quite simply......tha G.O.A.T!!!! No kick comes near this shoe!
I have myself experienced midsole cracking (to the acryllic paint only), fogged air units, and some extensive 'heel tab' cracking.
Now, I too practically live in these...and truly believe that having the ambition to 're-paint' and 'de-fog' our kreps is an essential tool we must harness.And tbh its so simple.
Heel tab cracking however is a PROBLEM.The only solution I have found thus far,after relentless research is....replacement!!!
Many fellow enthusiasts have chosen to remove the existing 'Jumpman' on retro releases,and replace with some sort of polyurethane/plastic/rubber stencil of the 'Nike Air & Swoosh sign/logo.For heel tab cracking however,a more indepth approach is needed.
Now,again many fellow sneakerheads/collectors/restorers have chosen to sand out any imperfections and refill with some kind of plasticised filler/compound I am yet to discover....and so,I have turned to 3D printing!!!
Im from London,England and lucky enough to have many outlets providing 3D printing for 1 off projects,which is so cost effective.
I managed to find blue-prints for the O.G heel tab ramifications,and plan to submit to my local printer asap....will keep y'all posted.
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