Although every new Jordan goes through the ringer thread by thread, none have been as polarizing as the XX8 – and it hasn’t even released yet. That changes today, February 15, as the Jordan XX8 finally hits stores. The XX8 is made up of an outer material shroud with a soft shoe on the inside. The inside shoe provides all of the support, while the outer shroud acts as more of a high-tech sock with a zipper. Jordan Brand leaves it up to the owner on how they will wear the shoe. When pulled down, the inside shroud reveals a 2 on the right shoe and 3 on the left, clearly marking the intent to give the wearer options. Unlike any basketball shoe we’ve ever seen before, the Tinker Hatfield designed Jordan XX8 was debuted on court by Russell Westbrook in early December during a road game in Brooklyn. That night, he chose to wear them zipped up about 90% of the way with the tops folded over. That being said, one of the things we’re going to see most with the XX8 is how they will be worn. I assure you the jury will never decide if they should be fully zipped up, all the way zipped down, or somewhere in between. We look forward to the debate. With the absence of the conventional materials the Jordan XX8 is shockingly light even though it is the tallest Jordan to date. The XX8 has been favorably reviewed by players around the internet and has been praised for its traction system on the icy outsole and for its supreme cushioning system. Sneakerheads won’t settle the debate on how they feel about this shoe but the one thing we do know is it will change performance basketball, and perhaps even style, forever.

The Jordan XX8 releases in its first two colorways – black/white-electric green and green camo – today, February 15 – two days before Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday. Each shoe comes individually wrapped in its own bag inside of the box. The pair will cost $250 and will be available at select Foot Lockers, House of Hoops by Foot Locker, and online at Footlocker.com. Let us know how you feel about the newest addition to the Jordan family.

UPDATE (2/16) – We are SOLD OUT online.

Jordan AJ XX8 – Black/Electric Green

Jordan AJ XX8 – Green Camo

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