It’s been almost 10 years since we’ve seen the Jordan 8 “Playoffs” being retro’d. A lot has changed in sneaker culture since 2013 but the 8’s continue to be received well by Jordan heads. Michael Jordan wore this particular colourway during Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals, where he secured the Chicago Bulls the ‘threepeat’ against the Phoenix Sun’s. With the legend himself winning his third NBA ring in this silhouette, there will always be room for this shoe in the hearts of Jordan fans.
The black suede on the upper also makes this a durable shoe as dirt won’t show up easily on them. Jet-black nubuck overlays and tumbled leather sections pair with chenille tongue tabs and embroidered forefoot straps for a nostalgic trip into the Beaverton brand’s archives of decades past. Hits of “University Red” and white harken to over 30 years of lore while colorful stained-glass inspirations invigorate the inner lining and heel counter. The chenille jumpman logo on the tongue is a luxurious touch on a shoe that seems so focused on the game.
The Jordan 8s is arguably the most basketball-centric looking shoe from the 1-15 collection. This also makes them a solid choice to ball in as the strap provides a strong lockdown, a popular design feature amongst shoes released in the 90’s.