The Air Jordan 8 dropped during the Chicago Bulls 1992-93 “Three-Peat” Championship season. This was also the same season that His Airness captured his seventh straight scoring title, scored his 20,000th point, and retired for the first time.
The first impression of the AJ8 was that the base was similar to its predecessor, however it featured bolder colors, more details and was equipped with anti-inversion straps, polycarbonate torsion plate, and even a fuzzy Jumpman tongue logo.
The Air Jordan 8 was originally released in three colorways: Bugs Bunny White / Black – True Red, Aquas All Stars Black / Bright Concord – Aqua Tone and Playoffs Black – Black – True Red.
The first release, the ‘Bugs Bunny’, earned its name because of the ads featuring Jordan and the Looney Toons. However, it mainly earned the name because the straps resembled Bunny ears. The shoes came in a white base that featured a quarter pane made up of an abstract design that involves the supplementary colors of Black, Grey, and Red. The same tones were also used on the carpeted Jumpman logo on the tongue, while a combination of Grey and Red fragments completed the midsole.
The ‘Aqua’ pair debuted during the All-Star Game and matched the All-Star jerseys. The final pair, which would be the last shoes MJ wore before retiring, were the Playoffs Black – Black – True Red.
While the colors were amazing, the most memorable feature of the AJ8 were the straps.
Word is that the anti-inversion straps would give Jordan a better clasp and get rid of untied laces while on the court. Apparently, that caused him discomfort because of the tightness that the straps created. And, because of the weight that was caused by the thick padding, the shoes got very warm. Some speculate that this was the reason why MJ suffered through athlete’s foot infections during the season.
If any of these problems occurred, MJ never complained and it didn’t prevent him from having another stellar season. He averaged over 32.6 points per game and won a “Three Peat” with the Bulls.
When Nike first retroed the Air Jordan 8 in 2003, it was one of the most anticipated retros ever released. The brand kept the retros simple and to the point with only 4 colorways released in two mids and two lows. Since then, the AJ8 has also been retroed in 2007, 2008, and 2013 in a wide range of colors.
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