What started as a player exclusive for one of Jordan Brands first athletes, Derek Anderson, evolved into something that went beyond the hardwood and became a symbol for so many. While Anderson was playing for the Portland Trailblazers he broke out a pair of Air Jordan 3’s that were similar to the ‘White Cement’ colorway, but had red on the heel strip instead of black. Many people would never have guessed back in 2003 that those Jordans would soon become symbolic of something that was much bigger than basketball. Fast forward to August 2006 and the country is preparing to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina ripped through Louisiana and many other southern states. As the clean up began and the storm dissipated, the alarming realization that the damage done was beyond anything that could have been predicted, and companies and organizations around the country joined the relief efforts. Jordan Brand donated select shoes from their archives to be auctioned off and put the funds toward the rebuild of the cities effected. The collection consisted of sneakers that had been worn by MJ but the one that stuck out the most was a Jordan 3 that came in a different colorway that Jordan have never worn. After that, the sneaker community had dubbed the sneaker that Air Jordan 3 ‘Katrina’ and the name symbolized a movement that meant something to millions of people.
In celebration of Michael Jordan being inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009, a special “Become Legendary” collection of Air Jordans was curated to be displayed in Springfield, MA. Once again, the ‘White and Red’ Air Jordan 3 was included amongst classic colorways. Having never been released to the public before, Jordan Brand is now bringing this shoe out of the history books and memorial halls to the general public. Colored in a classic White and Red theme, the sneaker mixes the popular Air Jordan 3 ‘Fire Red’ and ‘Cement’ colorways and will feature the classic Jumpman logo on the heel. Like you’ve seen before, the classic ‘Cement’ detailing is applied on the toe and heel areas to complete the design altogether.