No, the “Chrome” Air Jordan VIII is not an original colorway. But it’s not too far off, having released for the first and only time in 2003. In that sense, it’s been over a decade since the Jordan Brand blessed us with one of the more underrated colorways among all of Michael Jordan‘s original 14 silhouettes.
I always wonder what type of legacy the VIII would have right now if Jordan had stayed retired the first time. The “Playoff” VIII would have been the last sneaker he ever wore in the NBA and even if Tinker Hatfield had continued to release new models, the last on-court sneaker for the greatest player ever has significant meaning.
Well, at least for fans of this release, it’s a good thing that didn’t happen (or else we’d have a hard time copping). The hype might not be what it is for other releases this holiday season, but this Saturday’s release at Champs Sports marks the return of one of the most unique silhouettes in Jordan’s history.
Famed MJ collector @JumpmanBostic considers the VIII his favorite sneaker of all time, saying, “I’ve never met anybody else who claims the VIIIs are their favorite. A lot of people didn’t like the shoe; they thought it was heavy and they didn’t like the straps. It contained a full-length Air sole, and it had the Huarache sockliner to keep your foot in place. So it was using technology that hadn’t been out before, it just wasn’t a shoe that people liked looking at. But to wear that shoe and play in that shoe? It was just as comfortable as could be; the VIII was actually called ‘the Punisher’ because of the advanced support and traction.”
The release date for the return of the “Chrome” Air Jordan VIII is quickly approaching. Overlook it at your own risk.