A few years ago I thought I would never be able to own a pair of Air Jordan III’s. Although you could find some on eBay, the prices we’re just out of this world and more than what I was willing to pay. Suddenly a ray of light emerged with the news that Jordan Brand would once again release the True Blue III’s in the summer of 2009. What was even better was that it would be an international only release, meaning that I would be able to buy a pair in Canada. This was good news because, for the past few years before 2008 Jordan Brand was releasing certain sneakers only in the United States (such as the grape V’s). If I wanted to own US only releases I had to buy them off a reseller for a lot of money. So when the day finally came to buy my True Blue III’s, I was super excited. Release day was August 8th, 2009 and they retailed for $189.99 Canadian.
The quality on these sneakers is better than it has been in the last few years. The first thing that got to me was the smell, they have this wonderful new sneaker smell that has been missing from a lot of new releases lately. The leather is a decent thickness, yet the tumbled leather feels so soft to the touch. The overall silhouette of the sneaker is very accurate to the original version, and looks really good when worn. I also like how the bottom sole is painted cleanly, without paint smearing from one area to the next. I bought a size 10.5, and the item number is 136064 141.
There aren’t many bad things I can say about this sneaker, other than time will tell how they hold up (regarding paint chipping, comfort, and midsole cracking). The only thing I would have liked from this release to have been included, would have been a retro card. Overall this is a sneaker that I’m glad Jordan Brand made with better quality; materials and production. With retro releases like this, I am looking forward to what the future holds for Jordan Brand and their retro releases.