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As we officially start the era of the Air Jordan XX9, we say goodbye to previous Air Jordan game shoe. Today we take a look at the lineage of the Air Jordan XX8.

The Air Jordan XX8 originally released in 2013, and ran into 2014. It was the first numbered Air Jordan model since 2008s Air Jordan XX3. All signature shoes released in-between were named after the year they were released in, ie the Air Jordan 2010. Partially inspired by the military combat boot, the XX8 is the brand's first ever 8" silhouette. The shrouded model was designed by Tinker Hatfield and Josh Heard. Tech features include a "piston-style" outsole, the brand's now iconic carbon-based Flight Tech plate and max volume Zoom bags.

Debuting once again during NBA All-Star weekend, the Air Jordan XX8 retailed for $250 and two colorways were released. Over the next seven months, eleven more colorways would release with various designs throughout the shrouded upper. A few Russell Westbrook-themed pairs dropped as well. In October of 2013, Jordan Brand re-introduced the model by released a new ‘SE’ version, which ditched the shroud but came the same tech elements ballers have grown to enjoy.

The first few colorways of the Air Jordan XX8 SE featured a camo print design throughout the upper before more plain non-printed pairs debuted in 2014. A special ‘X-Mas’ edition was also released, which featured a unique ‘Flight Pattern’ throughout the upper. Instead of the new Air Jordan signature shoe debuting during NBA All-Star weekend in 2014, Jordan Brand decided to drop one more colorway of the Air Jordan XX8. A ‘Bamboo’ edition which featuring a white synthetic leather upper with perforations throughout.

After that, we would see a few more plain colorways of the Air Jordan XX8 release over the next few months before the reign of the XX8 would completely come to an end. With the Air Jordan XX9 ready to take flight, it’s safe to say we have seen the last of the XX8 for quite some time. But before we put them in the vault and forget about them for a few years, let’s take one last look at the history of the Air Jordan XX8 from its first release up to the most recent below.

 

Air Jordan XX8
555109-010 Black/White-Electric Green
02/16/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 ‘Night Vision’
584832-301 Electric Green/White
02/16/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 ‘Camo’
584832-601 Gym Red/White
03/02/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 ‘Camo’
584832-701 Tour Yellow/White
03/02/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 ‘Camo’
584832-401 Photo Blue/White
03/02/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 ‘Oak Hill’
555109-011 Black/White-Black
04/27/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 ‘Carbon Fiber’
555109-020 Black/Bright Crimson
04/27/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 ‘Suns’
555109-008 Black/Bright Citrus-Cool Grey
06/08/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 ‘Russell Westbrook’
555109-117 White/Black-Photo Blue
06/08/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 ‘Russell Westbrook’
555109-402 Photo Blue/White-Black
06/08/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 ‘Russell Westbrook’
555109-403 Photo Blue/White-Black
06/08/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 ‘DTRT’
555109-106 White/Gym Red-Photo Blue
06/29/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 ‘Elephant’
555109-004 Cement Grey/White-Black-Gym Red
09/21/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 ‘Elephant’
555109-610 Fire Red/White-Black
09/21/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 SE ‘Bel-Air’
616345-580 Court Purple/White-Flash Lime-Gamma Blue
10/05/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 SE ‘UNC’
616345-407 University Blue/White-Midnight Navy-Photo Blue
10/11/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 SE ‘Army’
616345-035 Black/White-Legion Green-Fortress Green
10/11/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 SE ‘Georgetown’
616345-007 Dark Grey/White-Wolf Grey-Midnight Navy
10/11/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 SE ‘Russell Westbrook’
616345-450 Game Royal/White-Team Orange-University Blue
11/23/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 SE ‘Flight Before Christmas’
616345-025 Black/White-Reflect Silver-Total Orange
12/24/2013

 

Air Jordan XX8 SE ‘Bobcats’
616349-409 New Slate/Atomic Orange-Black
01/01/2014

 

Air Jordan XX8 SE
616345-408 Dark Powder Blue/White-Cool Grey-Black
02/01/2014

 

Air Jordan XX8 SE
616345-003 Dark Grey/White-Black-Cool Grey
02/01/2014

 

Air Jordan XX8 SE
616345-001 Black/White-Anthracite-Gym Red
02/01/2014

 

Air Jordan XX8 SE ‘All-Star’
656249-723 Volt Ice/Metallic Gold-Black-Infrared 23
02/15/2014

 

Air Jordan XX8 SYN ‘Bamboo’
649501-100 White/White-Bamboo
02/22/2014

 

Air Jordan XX8 SE
616345-601 Gym Red/White-Wolf Grey
03/01/2014

 

Air Jordan XX8 SE
616345-305 Squadron Green/Volt-Black
03/01/2014

 

Air Jordan XX8 SE
616345-011 Pure Platinum/White-Black
04/01/2014

 

Air Jordan XX8 SE
616345-523 Dark Concord/Infrared 23-Black
04/01/2014

 

Air Jordan XX8 SE
616345-036 Black/Dark Powder Blue-Atomic Orange
04/09/2014

 

Steve Jaconetta is the Release Dates & Archive Editor of Sole Collector and you can follow him on Twitter here.