We're back with a look at the Air-Jordan-of-the-month for August: the Air Jordan 8. Perhaps the most distinctly '90s design of all Air Jordans, Michael Jordan's eight signature model is an archetype of the decade's aesthetic, featuring cross-straps and bold geometric graphics. Throw in the chenille Jumpman logo patch on the tongue, and you have one unforgettable sneaker.
The sixth consecutive Air Jordan masterpiece by Tinker Hatfield, the 8 from 1993 followed the minimal design of the Jordan 7 with a decidedly more intricate design. Usually underappreciated by many of the younger Air Jordan collectors, anybody who was around in the early '90s knows how hot this shoe really is. If you're still not convinced, we're here to try to help change your mind with a quick look at our very favorite Air Jordan 8s up for grabs here at Stadium Goods.
The most historically important Jordan 8 in relation to Michael Jordan's career is the original black and red edition. MJ completed his first "3-Peat" while wearing the colorway throughout the 1993 NBA Playoffs on the way to defeating Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns in the Finals. As with every original black and red Air Jordan, it has since become an essential for collectors.
Before Michael made it to the '93 Playoffs, he wore this original white-based colorway of the Jordan 8 throughout the regular season. Although there's no confirmation that it was actually inspired by Bugs Bunny, the white and grey combination on the upper certainly seems to reference Mike's sidekick for the Jordan 8's marketing campaign.
The most '90s Air Jordan in its most '90s colorway, the iconic "Aqua" edition is a favorite of the silhouette for many.
Easily the boldest look for the Jordan 8 ever comes compliments of Caden Lampert, who took the already-eye-catching design up a few notches further with this unique design in 2014. Caden, who suffers from Guillain-Barré syndrome, a life-threatening autoimmune disease, decked out the silhouette in a speckled royal blue upper with iridescent mudguards and a number of personal details. The result is one of the most unforgettable and valuable sneakers to ever release in the annual Nike x Doernbecher Freestyle Collection.
Following the Air Jordan 10s in 2016, Drake and his "October's Very Own" label teamed up with Jordan Brand for two coveted editions of the Jordan 8 in white/gold and black/gold colorways in 2018. First previewed as a sample months before they released and originally thought to be exclusive to friends and family, fans were happy to have a chance to own a pairs. But they still weren't easy to get. Both colorways are stellar, but given the choice, we'll take the crisp white rendition in premium leather with metallic gold accents.
We'll end with an Air Jordan 8 just for the ladies, the "Valentine's Day" edition in luxurious red suede—complete with hearts on the chenille tongue patches. How romantic.