The Air Jordan 8 is back, and in honor of that, we take a look at the model's lineage.
Originally released in 1993, the Air Jordan 8 features two cross-straps over the laces. Three colorways were released, Bulls "Home," All-Star "Aqua" and Bulls "Playoff" editions, each packaged in a new Air Jordan box that was also used for the AJ 9, AJ 10 and first two colorways of the AJ 11. Ten years later, they were retroed for the first time. Four pairs were released, including the debut of the Air Jordan 8 in low-top form. The Air Jordan 8 Retro Low featured the same design as the highs, but with one cross-strap instead of two.
The Air Jordan 8 Retro would not return in until 2007, when it was the final model to be released before the Air Jordan XX3. During this run, we saw the other two OG colorways, "Aqua" and "Playoff," make their long-awaited return, along with a few new colorways. Limited LS releases and three colorways for women also dropped. In 2008, the original white, black and red colorway was packaged alongside a new colorway of the Air Jordan 15 Retro in the 15/8 Collezione "Countdown' Pack." Limited to 24 pairs each, House of Hoops exclusive Quentin Richardson and Ray Allen PEs also released.
Five years passed before the Air Jordan 8 retroed again. Two OG colorways sparked the 2013 return, including the white, black and red pair for the third time. A year later, an exclusive "Doernbecher" colorway was released as a part of Nike's Freestyle Collection. In 2015, the Air Jordan 8 Retro returned ahead of its 23rd Anniversary in 2016. Three colorways are set to release, including the return of "Chrome" and "Aqua" colorways. To mark the latest drop, here's a look at the history of the Air Jordan 8, from its first release up to the most recent retro.