Air Jordan VIII
3 PEAT IN THE 6
- Nike Air Jordan
- Leather-Durabuck Combination Upper
- Lace Cross Straps (Bunny Ears)
- Air Sole
- Perforated Sidewall
- Gold Camo Print Mudguard
- Huarache Lined Inner Sleeve
- OVO Detail Heel Pull Tab
- 'Welcome' Woven Tab on Interior Tongue Gold Accents across Upper
This sought after collaboration released in February 2017 for NBA All Star weekend, paired alongside a black colourway counterpart and was supposed to be the closing statement in Nike and OVO's partnership prior to Drake leaving for Adidas. Nike combined simple elegance with flair for this October's Very Own collaboration. The signature Air Jordan VIII silhouette is wrapped in white (or black) across tumbled leather and features gold accents on the midsole sidewall panel and the heel pull tab. A red Jumpman is featured on the tongue tab. The silhouette is adorned with a gold accent of OVO's iconic owl. The Black and White variants differ slightly, with the perforated sidewall of the Black edition finished in nubuck, whilst the White variety is completed in leather.
Silhouette Explored — History
Designed by legendary Nike designer and executive Tinker Hatfield for the '92/93 season, the Jordan VIII completely removed Nike branding from the silhouette. The upper of the VIII was constructed of grained leather or Durabuck, Nike's lightweight, breathable variant of nubuck. A large portion of the laces were concealed by lace cross straps, which also served as a shoe fastener. The sidewalls of the silhouette are perforated, whilst the midsole features ridges similar to that of the VI, the separate panelled segments providing options in regards to colour blocking. A panel on the rear medial and lateral sidewall above the midsole housed a variety of accents and designs, whilst the outsole used the familiar Air cushioning technology.
Jordan won his third successive championship wearing the Jordan VIII, before announcing his retirement following the death of his father earlier in the year and a loss of desire to play the game. He would return and achieve the 3 peat again, but the VIII period marked the end of Jordan's first period of dominance. In the final season of his first retirement, Jordan would win his seventh consecutive scoring title, third successive Finals MVP and average a NBA record 41 PPG in the Finals. One of the only times he didn't achieve a complete sweep of regular season and post season awards, Jordan placed second in MVP voting (to Charles Barkley) and the defensive player of the year award.