So yeah, I did this…
I knew I needed these since JT posted that (now) iconic photo in his dressing room prior to his killer halftime performance. I was on GOAT and StockX like crazy waiting for prices to come back down to earth, and as soon as they did, I pulled the trigger. Today I picked up my paid from a PO Box in Buffalo, and now I’m sitting here, wide-eyed, still in awe that I have these. I was actually interrupted while writing this article by a phone call from a friend at Nike, screaming at me, asking “WHERE?! HOW?! THE JT’s ARE IN TORONTO!”, so I guess this is a big deal.
The first thing that sets these apart from a regular pair of Air Jordan 3’s is the box. The base is the typical elephant print that we are all familiar with, but the lid is matte black with the great Tinker Hatfield’s signature slapped across the top. A small difference, but a bold way to make the packaging just as special as the sneakers.
The shoe itself is just a regular, plain old, white cement Air Jordan 3; it’s the details that make these incredible. Most notably, this pair has a swoosh stitched into the lateral side of the shoe, and NIKE embroidered onto the medial side. This version was Tinker’s original iteration of the Air Jordan 3, and the extra branding was removed very late in the design process.
Tinker Hatfield’s inspiration also shows up on the insole art, which features his autograph as well as some early sketches of the sneaker, and on the hangtag, where once again, his signature can be found. The details on this pair are second-to-none, and it has made me fall in love with them even more now that they are in hand.
This pair, different from the second release of the JTH line (which is coming up in March), has an added touch as an ode to the man who premiered the shoe. Justin Timberlake’s signature can be found on the lining of the right foot’s tongue, along side Tink’s, which is on the left. Justin is a long standing member of the Jordan Brand family, and it’s awesome that he is finally receiving some of his own PE’s.
From what I can tell, there are is only once difference between the retail pair and the pair that JT laced up for his performance at the Super Bowl; that difference being that Justin’s pair had “SB LII” in place of the “NIKE” branding along the medial sides of the shoe. At first glance, I thought these may have been missing the 3M as well, but all it took was one photo to realize that they did, indeed, have that dope reflective swoosh.
I’m still drooling over these as I type this, and I can’t wait to put them on-foot when the weather gets nicer. The Jordan 3 is my all time favourite silhouette from Jumpman, and Justin Timberlake is on my top 3 list of all time favourite artists; so these were a no brainer.