Air Jordan 3 Tinker Black Cement – The Latest Tinker Kicks

(Updated 7/27/2019)

Name Of Sneaker: Air Jordan 3 Tinker Black Cement

Best Place To Purchase: Ebay.com

Price Range (At The Time Of This Review): $219.90-$300.00

Available Sizes: Men’s

What’s going on my fellow sneaker collectors?? The Jordan Brand has released a new colorway of the Air Jordan 3 Tinker. The Air Jordan 3 Tinker is the original concept sketched by Tinker Hatfield, and was introduced back in 2018.

The Air Jordan 3 Tinker Black Cement is now available. Will you be copping, or are they not your cup of tea? You can make a purchase now if you plan to.

Who Is Michael Jordan?

Michael Jordan is a retired professional basketball player who has played for 15 seasons in NBA for the Chicago Bulls, and the Washington Wizards. During his time at the University of North Carolina in 1982, he played basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels, and was drafted for the Chicago Bulls in 1984. He was able to entertain the crowd with his prolific scoring, defensive plays, and his ability to perform slam dunks from the free throw line at the slam dunk contests, which has earned him the nicknames: Air Jordan and His Airness.

He has won his first NBA Championship with the Bulls in 1991, and also winning again in 1992 and 1993 (three-peat). During the 1993-1994 NBA season, MJ has retired from basketball in order to pursue a minor career in baseball. In March 1995, MJ has announced his return to the NBA, and has led the Bulls to three additional championships during 1996-1998. In 1999, MJ retired from the NBA for the second time, but return again to play for the Washington Wizards during 2001-2003. Currently, MJ is the owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets.

MJ has numerous career highlights and awards:

  • 6 times NBA champion (1991-1993, 1996-1998)
  • 6 times NBA Finals MVP (1991-1993, 1996-1998)
  • 5 times NBA MVP (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
  • 14 times All-Star (1985-1993, 1996-1998, 2002, 2003)
  • 3 times NBA All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998)
  • 10 times All-NBA First Team (1987-1993, 1996, 1998)
  • All-NBA Second Team (1985)
  • NBA Defensive Player Of The Year (1988)
  • 9 times NBA All-Defensive First Team (1988-1993, 1996-1998)
  • NBA Rookie Of The Year (1985)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985)
  • 10 times NBA Scoring Championship (1987-1993, 1996-1998)
  • 3 times NBA Steals Leaders (1988, 1990, 1993)
  • 2 times NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion (1987, 1988)
  • 3 times AP Athlete Of The Year (1991, 1992, 1993)
  • 2 times USA Basketball Male Athlete Of The Year (1983, 1984)
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year (1991)
  • NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-time Team
  • NCAA Champion (1982)
  • Consensus National College Player Of The Year (1984)
  • ACC Player Of The Year (1984)
  • ACC Rookie Of The Year (1982)
  • 2 times Consensus First-Team All-American (1983, 1984)
  • 2 times First-Team All-ACC (1983, 1984)
  • No. 23 Retired by Chicago Bulls
  • N0. 23 Retired by Miami Heat
  • No. 23 Retired by the University Of North Carolina

History Of The Air Jordan Brand

In 1984, Nike was a struggling shoe company looking for ways to appeal to a new segment of the shoe market, and to reinvent themselves. Nike has turned to rookie Michael Jordan to order to make an endorsement deal, but MJ showed no interest at all. MJ had plans to sign a deal with either Adidas or Converse; he loved the brands, and in North Carolina, these were the shoes that wore to play basketball in. Unfortunately, both of the brands rejected him.

Nike was offering to create a brand new line of shoes called Air Jordan, and MJ’s old agent, David Falk, saw this as a wonderful opportunity. MJ flew to the Nike headquarters in Portland, Oregon, after being convinced by his parents , and his agent. During his visit, Nike has shown him a special video presentation of his college career highlights, plus his high-flying Olympics moves with Pointer Sister’s “Jump” playing in the background. Peter Moore, Nike’s Old Head Designer, also shown MJ sketches of the Air Jordan 1, and apparel to go with it. It was featured in Black and Red, and MJ was very interested with these designs. He has stated: “I can’t wear these shoes, those are devil colors”.

MJ has decided to finally make a deal with Nike, and has signed a 5-year deal that was worth $2.5 million. MJ has fueled the success of Nike, and the Air Jordan Brand is still popular today.

The Air Jordan 3 History

The Air Jordan 3 was first introduced back in 1987-1988. Nike have let go of Peter Moore (designer of the Air Jordan 1 and help designed the Air Jordan 2), and Bruce Kilgore (designer of the Air Jordan 2), and needed a new designer for the Air Jordan 3. Nike has turned to the famous Tinker Hatfield, who would later be known as the creator of Air Jordans 3-15 and 20.

Michael and Hatfield would always come up with great ideas for the next upcoming Jordan sneakers, and work hard on them. The Air Jordan 3 was the first ever Jordan sneaker to be a mid top; making it light weighted with plenty of durability. The Air Jordan 3 features the Air Jordan Jumpman logo on the back of the shoe, elephant print on the toe box and near the heels, and visible air sole units (This was the first Jordans to ever have this feature). During the 1987-1988 NBA season, MJ became the winner of the Slam Dunk Contest, All Star MVP, All Defensive First Team and Defensive Player Of The Year. MJ was wearing the 3s during all this success. The Air Jordan 1 and 2, the free throw dunk, and a elephant are inspirations of the Air Jordan 3.

The 3s were originally retailed for $100.00 back in 1988.

Features Of The Shoe

This sneaker features the traditional elephant print overlays on the heels and toe caps, but is covered in black this time. The suede upper is covered in black, while 3M reflective cement grey covers the side swooshes, tongue area, and eyelets. Finally, this shoe consist of hits of gold throughout, a white midsole, Nike branding on the heel tabs, and grey rubber outsoles.

Release Date

These are out now, so I hope that you have your money bag ready. These are selling as we speak, so don’t wait around. GO AND COP A PAIR NOW!!!

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Pros And Cons


  1. Good Ankle Support
  2. Breaks In Easy
  3. Breathable
  4. Cool Colors
  5. Comfortable
  6. Durable
  7. Stylish
  8. Good Traction
  9. Runs True To Size
  10. Lightweight


  1. Gets Dirty Fast
  2. Creases Easily

Video Of The Sneaker



This new colorway for the Tinker 3s are indeed a sight for sore eyes. How many of you sneaker heads are going after these??? Have any questions and comment?? Leave them below in the comment section, and I will help you out. Make sure to also subscribe to my site for more sneaker content. Stay tuned as blogs are posted daily!

Thanks For Reading!!!

Ahmad Ballard


  1. The mighty Air Jordan 3 Tinker Black Cements, a lovely piece of foot attire it is.

    They look rather chunky and could be put to great use by the bigger body individuals who require substantial weight support.

    the overview of MJs career is a lovely little accompaniment to the breakdown regarding the shoe.

    Having seen the changes in the Air Jordan branding across the last 20-25 years, I welcome this review and reminder of how bigger brand it has been and remains.

    • Hello Shane, thanks for the comment. Feel free to always check out my site for more sneaker news!

  2. Wow, thanks for giving more information on this shoe. I’ve been looking for info on its release date and expected price. I like the air Jordan thinker buy I wanted a black colour since it goes for any colour. Now that this is here for pre order, I’ll just cop and not waste time. Thanks For the extra information about Michael Jordan. 

    • Hello Henderson, thanks for the comment. Feel free to always check out my site for more sneaker content! 

  3. This article is awesome,informative and educative,explaining the genesis of sneakers.Without mixing words I have learn a lot,In 1984, Nike was a struggling shoe company looking for ways to appeal to a new segment of the shoe market, and to reinvent themselves. Nike has turned to rookie Michael Jordan to order to make an endorsement deal,this was great statement.Thanks for this enlightenment.

    • Hello Abayomi, thanks for the comment. Feel free to check out my site in the future as sneaker content is posted daily. 

  4. The Air Jordan 3 Tinker Black Cement is a great shoe!  Looks like it has a wide fit?  Would you say that it does?  My son could use a new pair of comfortable shoes for school.  Does this shoe come in a wide fit?  And are the sizes pretty true to size?  I would hate to order them and then have them not fit right.

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