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Air Jordan 3 'Desert Elephant'
Air Jordan 3 'Desert Elephant'
Air Jordan 3 'Desert Elephant'
,Air Jordan 3 'Desert Elephant'
Air Jordan 3 'Desert Elephant'

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News on this release was first published on March 1, 2022.

Update May 26, 2022: Product shots of the Air Jordan 3 'Desert Elephant' have been revealed ahead of a rumoured July 1 drop. Get a closer look at all of its details above, and check out the articles below for updates.

Update May 25, 2022: New images of the Air Jordan 3 'Desert Elephant' have surfaced, including detailed shots of the box and insoles. Release details have also been reported, suggesting a potential July 1 launch. Stay locked to SF for further updates.

2022 might be the year of the Air Jordan 3, as leaked images have surfaced of a new colourway that riffs off an OG classic. Nicknamed the ‘Desert Elephant’, this palette is loosely based on the ‘Black Cement’ and adds its own twist via some textural accents.

The AJ3 introduced the distinct ‘elephant’ print that would go on to become an iconic pattern in sneaker history. As the new colourway’s nickname suggests, the ‘Desert Elephant’ is a darker, sandier version of the print, which shows up as a rich brown colour on the heel counter and toe bumper. There are some additional colour accents via the red Jumpman branding, forefoot eyelets and outsole pods.

Meanwhile, the rest of the sneaker is an upscale take on the aforementioned ‘Black Cement’ OG. There’s tumbled black leather across the majority of the upper, and the perforated ankle collar uses beige suede. The fluffy texture also appears on the large, Jumpman-adorned tongue, in what is likely the first instance of this material swap.

If leaked pairs exist, such as this one via @woganwodeyang, then it likely means a release is coming in the near future. Stay tuned for news of that.

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