Colourway Corral: Black Cement
In the 1988 NBA All-Star game, the GOAT Michael Jordan wore the now classic Air Jordan 3 ‘Black Cement’. Showing off to 18,403 fans, MJ racked up major stats, scoring 40 points and dazzling fans with eight rebounds, three assists and four steals. While the game was still in action, Air Jordan commercials aired above, featuring MJ himself and the beautiful ‘Black Cement’ 3s.
Since then, the ‘Black Cement’ colourway has become an integral part of Nike’s arsenal. Doing the rounds, it’s been splashed on everything from the Dunk to the Air Force 1. The black and ‘Cement Grey’ combination is rife throughout multiple Nike silhouettes, and remains a favourite combination for sneakerheads worldwide. We thought we would take a look through the ages at some of the freshest kicks that have featured the iconic ‘Black Cement’, and track the changes it’s made over the past 21 years.
Air Jordan 3 ‘Black Cement’
Worn in game once by Michael Jordan back in 1988, this AJ3 saw a successful first release. Jordan then went ahead retroing the ‘Black Cements’ in 1994, and for those of you who are too young to remember, it didn’t go down well, GS sizes almost permanently remained in the sale section. As the first retro didn’t exactly go to plan, it wasn’t until 2001 that they made it back onto shelves. That same year, a number of other colourways of the AJ3 hit stores featuring the new ‘Jumpman’ logo instead of the classic ‘Nike Air’, starting a ripple effect of strange future re-releases.
2008 was the next time a new ‘Black Cement’ AJ3 was released, and it was part of a countdown pack celebrating Jordan Brand’s 23rd anniversary. Despite being slightly controversial, the new Jumpman logo taking the place of the OG ‘Nike Air’ branding seemed to be widely accepted. The controversy then continued for the 2011 release, which left a bad taste in the mouth of sneakerheads after the horrendous leather on the upper, and lack of Nike Air on the heel counter. After all that, the 2018 drop was business as usual, looking just as OG as the OG.
Air Jordan 4 ‘Black Cement’ (Bred)
'Bred' 4 or the 'Black Cement' 4 is another iconic Air Jordan colourway on an iconic Air Jordan model that gets the J-heads going crazy. Jordan Brand blessed them with another retro this year. Did you secure your pair?
2002 Supreme x Nike Dunk Low SB ‘Black Cement’
Deriving inspiration from the Air Jordan 3, Supreme went ahead collaborating with Nike on an SB Dunk. Releasing in 2002, a year after a successful retro, the hype was paramount. With only 500 pairs available at the time of the release, these have become one of the most sought after SBs of all-time.
2008 Air Jordan PHLY Legend ‘Black Cement’
Reminiscent of basketball shoes from the 1950s, Jordan Brand released the Air Jordan PHLY Legend, and in 2008 they placed it in ‘Black Cement’.
2008 Air Jordan Force 3 ‘Black Cement’
In the lead-up to the September release of the countdown packs back in 2008, Jordan Brand decided to drop an Air Jordan Force 3 in the ‘Black Cement’ colourway. This featured an Air Jordan 3 upper with an Air Force 1 sole, plus a very hectic Air unit.
2012 Dave White Air Jordan 1 ‘Wings For the Future’
Removed Swoosh, hits of red, and ‘Black Cement’ on the iconic Air Jordan 1, there’s no question that these were destined for success.
2014 NikeLab Air Jordan 3 Zoom Vapor ‘Black Cement’
In 2014, NikeLab decided they wanted to blend two Tinker Hatfield designs, combining the technology of the NikeCourt Zoom Vapor 9.5 with the beautiful design elements of the ‘Black Cement’ AJ3s. The end result provided the perfect on-court flex.
2014 Genealogy of Free
The ‘Genealogy of Free’ pack was a collection used to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Nike’s ‘Free’ technology, providing the perfect opportunity to release four kicks in the ‘Black Cement’ colourway. A Sock Racer, Air Presto, Free 5.0 and Free Run+ 2 all rocked a black upper with a speckled cement grey sole unit.
2015 Nike SB Dunk Low Pro ‘Black Cement’
Paying homage to Jordan Brand’s use of ‘Black Cement’ on their iconic models, Team Swoosh doused yet another Dunk in the classic colourway.
2015 Air Jordan 1 ‘Un-Supreme’
Yet another Jordan to be dressed in a ‘Black Cement’ makeup, this time on the timeless AJ1. Blessed with mostly elephant print, and black, these were a seriously hot commodity.
2015 Air Jordan Son of Mars Low ‘Black Cement’
Another Air Jordan dressed in the elephant print, these gave a fresh new look to the ‘Black Cement’ colourway by adding a speckled red and black midsole.
2016 Nike Air Trainer Cruz ‘Black Cement’
The Nike Air Cruz also experienced a ‘Black Cement’ makeover in 2016. Decked out in spikey pyramid detailing, these definitely broke necks when they hit the streets.
2017 Air Jordan Spizike ‘Black Cement’
On the way to the successful 2018 return of the AJ3 ‘Black Cement’, Jordan Brand decided to deck out the Spizike in the beloved colourway for those who couldn’t wait for the OGs.
2018 Air Jordan Legacy 312 ‘Black Cement’
In the same year that the AJ3 was given a retro, ‘Black Cement’ also found its way onto the Legacy 312, with red highlights providing that little bit of extra pop.