Jordan 3 Retro
This Jordan 3 Retro has the classic elegance of the original designs and its own distinct character provided by its use of a rich mahogany hue, for which it has been nicknamed Mocha. The colour itself is known as Dark Mocha, and it appears as the predominant tone on the grippy rubber outsole, mostly skirting around its broad edges, but also moving across its centre just behind the forefoot and wrapping around the toe as well. White areas lie beneath the forefoot and the centre of the heel, the former etched with circular traction patterns, the latter displaying embossed Jordan text in Dark Mocha through the middle.
Above this, the midsole maintains the shoe’s powerful tonal contrasts, with its bright white polyurethane deviating from the thin line of brown that can be seen along the edge of the outsole when the shoe is viewed from the side. Linear ridges have been cut into it, one encircling the heel and flanks, and another shorter one crossing it on the lateral side. Just behind this is a see-through window that gives an insight into the Air cushioning supporting the heel.
The upper also comes in a graceful white that coats the mudguard and the main overlay, both of which are made from high-quality tumbled leather. A dual line of stitching runs along the edge of the mudguard, and single lines delineate those of the quarter and collar, with more moving across the upper between the midfoot and heel. These carefully sewn bands of thread infer delicate crafting, as do the miniscule ventilation holes in the underlayer that is revealed around the collar and the top of the quarter as the main overlay recedes a little. The last of these perforated sections has white TPU eyelets arcing outwards from its surface, while those further down the tongue are shiny chrome ringlets, and those above it in the front of the collar are Dark Mocha TPU. These diverse eyelets all team up to accommodate the white laces, which criss-cross over the white tongue. More perforations appear here, thus aerating the top of the foot, and a Dark Mocha Jumpman shows up in bold embroidery in the feature’s peak.
Another of these dark brown logos can be found on the pristine white surface of the insole. The inner lining rises up around it, once more in white, with the back of the tongue incorporating the same tone, as well as a branded patch. Meanwhile, the heel panel has been shaped into a large cone with ridges lining its top part and Dark Mocha branding embossed into its lower section. This consists of a Jumpman logo and Air text, their intense colouration standing out strongly from the white surrounding them. Lastly, the heel and toe are each adorned with an additional overlay combining two sophisticated shades of brown to create an exotic elephant-print graphic upon them, and thus rounding out the distinctive look of this Air Jordan 3.