I think we can all agree that on a surface level, the idea of grafting the iconic look of the Air Jordan 3 Black Cement with Nike Air (which might be coming back next year) onto another silhouette is a little silly. Some say it’s a lazy thing to do while others might argue that it’s simply capitalizing yet again on our love for anything associated with classic Air Jordans. Kobe Bryant and Roger Federer might say they are fans of MJ and designer Tinker Hatfield, but that doesn’t mean they have to basically do it Diddy style and take a hit from the 80s and apply it to their own signature kicks. However, despite all of the pontification about purity, the sneaker community (and that includes hypebeasts, resellers, actual sneakerheads, etc.) has proven that all of the talk doesn’t matter; if it’s good, people will buy it and resell it.

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In this edition of Clash Of The Kicks, we are taking at look at two of the highest profile kicks to liberally borrow from the Air Jordan 3 Black Cement, 2014’s Nike Zoom Vapor AJ3 in the Black Cement colorway and today’s release of the Nike Kobe 11 Tinker, which is basically a Black Cement colorway sans the Jumpman. Both kicks came to being in different ways – the Kobe 11 Tinker was the designer’s “contribution” the Muse Pack while Zoom Vapor AJ3 was a NikeLAB/Jordan Brand joint – but they came to the same conclusion that the Air Jordan 3 Black Cement is so damn good it can work anywhere. But just because they can do it, does it mean they have to? Let’s find out what the audience thinks. Check out our ongoing Twitter poll below or vote right now.

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