There has been much disdain over the design of the Air Jordan XX8 ever since it was revealed last month. The model has been under scrutiny by the sneaker community at large, saying it looks like a copy of previous Nike models, that it lacks the creativity to be considered the predecessor of the main Jordan Brand line or that it is downright ugly.
This is something that we have all seen before, the onslaught of disgust as expectations of the next big Jordan were not met. Remember the Air Jordan 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012? The reception that the XX8 is receiving can be compared to its four previous models (and actually, a lot further down into the numbered line), each getting struck down verbally by the community:
“What was JB thinking?”
“Where has the originality gone?”
“This looks like a Team Jordan!”
And the list goes on…
But there was a glimmer of hope with each release, a colorsaver. That one colorway that took the model to its max potential, showing that it was more than just a performance shoe. Whether they were PEs or 1 of 1s, there is a colorway for every model that sets it apart from the rest. They may not be accessible to everyone, but they show what the shoe is capable of on an aesthetic level instead of a performance one.
As of the time of this writing, only a few colorways are officially known. The feedback is the same as it was in previous years, but it could change. Maybe the mindsets of the vocal will stay, and the shoe will never reach the status of former numbered Jordans. Or maybe, there’s that one colorway that is yet to release, that will make people double take and realize that the model is different in a good way, and can be considered a strong Jordan release.
My opinion may be similar to many as of now, but until I see the shoe in person (and more colorways for that matter), I cannot 100% say I dislike the shoe.
The potential is there, all we need is that one colorway to maximize it.
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