Air Jordan III

Released: 1988

Complex Says: Arguably one of the greatest Jordan releases of all time, the Air Jordan III may have saved Nike. Michael Jordan wasn't terribly happy, and he was looking for a way out. Enter Tinker. The III was Hatfield's first project with Jordan and from the second he stepped on the scene he took this release to another level. As a request from Airness himself for animal print, Hatfield incorporated “elephant skin” — what we know today as cement. Let’s not forget this was the first time we saw Visible Air on a Jordan. The line was developed at a rapid pace and Hatfield said “no one slept for weeks.” The sneaker community appreciates all the hard work.

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