15 Best Jordan Shoes 2023, According to Style Editors

Next to the Air Jordan 1, the AJ3 is perhaps the second most iconic: released in 1988, it is the first model of the line to be designed by Nike’s legendary designer, Tinker Hatfield, and it is the first Air Jordan to don the Jumpman logo. As for the model’s court history, MJ in fact was considering leaving Nike, but after seeing Hatfield’s design, he knew he’d better stay and make history with the AJ3. Later, MJ won his first MVP award in these Jordans, and the rest is history.

Really, the AJ3 was like nothing anyone had seen before on the court when MJ wore it in 1988, and its future as a streetwear icon was surely secured as soon as it was released. This updated version is both a throwback and an upgrade. It has all the classic style motives of the OG AJ3: elephant-print panels at the toe and heel, Jumpman logo branding, a visible Air unit in the heel, and TPU lace eyelets. But the performance is spiced up now with a plush foam midsole that provides stable cushioning and ankle support, an Air-Sole unit in the forefoot for energy return, and a circular traction pattern in the rubber outsole for enhanced traction.

Look-wise, this is truly the best retro Jordan style. Made with a leather upper in the wild elephant print, it’s easy to style and easy to stand out.

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