June 13th, 2011 by John Kim
Alright, alright. The Mavericks are NBA Champs, LeBron is still sans ring, Chris Bosh cried a lot. Moving on, here’s a look at yet another unreleased sample of the Air Jordan VIII Low; it features a White/Bright Cactus-Metallic Silver colorway not seen on an Air Jordan before, although it can be compared to last summer’s Air Jordan IX GS release, which utilized a White/Lemon colorway with a Metallic Silver midsole. This Air Jordan VIII Sample, like that previous Ostrich-skin sample we showed you, was destined for a Spring 2008 release, but Nike decided to scrap those plans – likely due to the fact that the only other WMNS Air Jordan VIII Low was one Air Jordan release that many of us just decided to forget ever existed. Bright Cactus is seen on the funky midsole graffiti as well as other accents on the shoe, like the ‘ring’ on the Jumpman logo and the graphic on the outsole. Ostrich-skin is also used for this sample, seen on the outrigger/strap unit. Check out the detailed images below and let us know if you’d like for these to release! via Kenlu.
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June 9th, 2011 by John Kim
The Air Jordan VIII was the last sneaker Michael Jordan wore before he hung up his jersey for the first time. The retirement was fueled by the death of his father combined with the belief that he had nothing else to prove as a professional basketball player, but returned anyway and won three more NBA Championships. The Air Jordan VIII finally re-released ten years after the original debut and again in 2007, with both waves including a funky-looking low-top version.
During the more recent re-issue, Jordan Brand released a women’s colorway of the low in a brown leather upper – one of the more forgettable Air Jordan releases ever. Here’s a look at a sample version of the women’s low-top Air Jordan VIII that was originally slated for a Spring 2008 release; it features a black upper that combines distressed leather, ostrich-skin leather, and nubuck, with red contrast stitching and a yellow/red/black mosaic print on the mudguard. We can imagine Mike Bibby breaking these out for the Finals, but this particular sample was obviously never released. Check out the detailed images below and let us know what you think of this latest Air Jordan scrapped sample. via Kenlu.
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