The Air Jordan “Lab Series” was created as a way for Jordan to tell stories of multiple Air Jordan models in a unique way and the reflective upper of Air Jordan III “5Lab3” in black is one of the cleanest of the Lab Series. One of the most iconic elements of the Air Jordan 5 is its 3M reflective tongue. Taking that as a starting point, the Air Jordan 5Lab3 reinvents the timeless AJ3 silhouette with a design that is almost entirely reflective. The black upper, minus the stitching, Jumpman logo and lace holes, is all reflective, making it one of the most Instagram-worthy retro Jordans of 2014. Beneath the reflective upper a black midsole and icy blue translucent outsole added some more flashiness to the AJ3 5Lab3. While Michael Jordan never wore this Jordan 3 colorway, the reflective elements celebrate the ingenuity of Tinker Hatfield’s Jordan 5 design and tie the old and new together for sneaker enthusiasts both young and old. Like any non-OG colorway, there is always an initial denial from the purists of Air Jordan collectors, but the black 5Lab3 Jordan 3 seemed to be too good for that attitude towards it to last long. By the time the Air Jordan III 5Lab3 released it had pretty much sold out in a matter of days.