Today, we’re getting a never-before-seen colorway of the Air Jordan VIII. Releasing at Champs Sports, the “Three Times a Charm” retro is celebrating Michael Jordan‘s first three-peat with the Chicago Bulls in the early 1990s. During the ’91, ’92, and ’93 NBA Finals, the Bulls took out Magic‘s Lakers, Clyde‘s Blazers, and Barkley‘s Suns in succession, capturing the first three-peat in modern NBA history. Jordan topped it all off by setting a scoring record in 1993 against Phoenix while wearing the “Playoff” edition Air Jordan VIII.
Now more than 20 years later we are finally getting a special edition colorway to commemorate all of that. This retro takes color cues from all three of those beaten opponents and includes one of the best tongues I’ve ever seen on a Jordan. The “Fire Red” Air Jordan V retro release in 2006 had been my favorite tongue, a black-based look that went perfectly with any pair of denim. But this one tops it.
The “Three Times a Charm” Air Jordan VIII tongue sports the Jumpman in a red hue with a black base, as well as yellow graphics to celebrate the titles won. It’s a unique, never-before-seen addition to a sneaker that doubles as a rare favorite for some of the game’s biggest sneakerheads.
The VIII sometimes gets a bad rap simply because it is a super unique silhouette, a bulky shoe that even Tinker Hatfield wasn’t particularly fond of when he designed it. But it’s also one of the best winter Jordans you will ever find. If you aren’t rocking a pair this school year, step it up.