Customers Discover Quality Control Issues on Air Jordan 3 ‘White Cement’ Retros
The Air Jordan 3 ‘White Cement Reimagined’ has started arriving in customers’ hands en masse, especially in the US. Whether these pairs are coming via Nike’s early releases or through other channels, it appears units have been subject to quality control issues, including wonky panels, poor elephant print and scuffed paint, among other ailments.
As shared by Jordan enthusiast @mjo23dan, some of the most glaring faults are the inconsistencies of the elephant print from panel to panel and shoe to shoe. As demonstrated on the pair above, the width of the black lines in the print is thick on one shoe and considerably thinner on the other. The latter is supposed to be truer to the 1988 OG print, but that is not the case if the thicker print is still present.
Furthermore, the panels that use the elephant print – the toe bumper and heel counter – appear to be cut differently, especially on the medial and lateral edges. This is causing asymmetry between left and right feet, which is being exacerbated further by the appearance of different leather finishes.
At $210 RRP, these inconsistencies at this price point are causing frustration within the sneaker community. However, it appears some pairs are also arriving with minimal flaws. The Air Jordan 3 ‘White Cement Reimagined’ is due for its wider release on SNKRS and select retailers later this month, so it will be interesting to observe how widespread these quality issues may be.
I had the opportunity to check out a pair from a local shop and their batch have the thick elephant print lines. Some glue stains. pic.twitter.com/gfszKfraVy— MJO23DAN (@MJO23DAN) March 8, 2023