NBA game isn’t strictly for basketball fans anymore; it has become an eye-candy for sneakerheads, too. And during this holiday season, the league’s athletes have helped deck the court with a festive line of mind-blowing, Christmas-inspired sneakers.
One of whom is Russell Westbrook, who against the Heat, rocked the second colorway of AIR JORDAN XX8 on court. The latest model features a white upper and a “tidal” blue articulated print to go along with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Christmas Day uniform. Meanwhile, the black carbon fiber provides a stark contrast at the forefoot, midfoot plate, and heel.
The brains behind the impressive design are the legendary sneaker designer Tinker Hatfield and former Jordan Creative Director Mark Smith. In a press statement, Hatfield pointed out that AJ XX8 resembles a commando suit on the inside with a tuxedo on the outside. He explained:
“With the ongoing evolution of the game shoe, I encourage our entire function to push the boundary when it comes to design, technology and performance. The AIR JORDAN XX8 shoe really is basketball’s answer to the concept car.”
In terms of innovative engineering, the AJ XX8 is touted the “most tested and lightest AIR JORDAN ever.” It features an “ultra-modern stealth design for elite performance” and boasts an industry-changing first:
The Jordan Flight Plate, a Pebax® moderator plate that maximizes the responsiveness of the Nike Zoom units through compression and deflection for optimal performance by essentially unlocking the airbags in the forefoot and heel, unleashing the power of the Zoom bags.
The AJ XX8 is tagged at $250 and is set to drop on February 15, 2013 in Houston, followed by a national release on February 16. Will you cop or pass?
News and Image Sources: Nike, INC.; Complex