First Look at the Air Jordan 8 "Playoffs"

First released in 1993 and last seen in 2013, the “Playoffs” is back to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

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Update: Rumors circulated at the end of last year regarding the return of the Air Jordan 8 “Playoffs” for its 30th anniversary. Now, pairs have started to surface ahead of its release later in 2023. Our first look at the kicks sees the OG red pull tab making a return alongside the typical presentation of the colorway. Release is now expected to take place on September 30 at a price of $210 USD. Stay tuned for official imagery of the kicks as we inch closer to the shoe’s launch and for more information, dive into our initial coverage below.


Original Story: Michael Jordan finished off his first three-peat with the Chicago Bulls in 1993, besting the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals. On Jordan’s feet during the six-game series was the Air Jordan 8 “Playoffs,” a shoe that — per a report from @zsneakerheadz — may be returning in 2023 to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Though the news has yet to be confirmed by Nike or Jordan Brand, the “Playoffs” coming back to market next year would be fitting: they last released in 2013 to celebrate their 20th anniversary, and Jordan Brand has never been one to pass up an opportunity to retell the stories of MJ’s achievements. If the “Playoffs” do indeed return, you can expect them to rehash their classic jet-black nubuck build — likely of a higher grade than the last retro release, which used a relatively thin cut of nubuck that was prone to creasing — chenille tongue tag, multi-colored heel overlay detailing, and, of course, the signature criss-crossing wings that cover the throat. Besides their original 1993 release and 2013 retro pictured above, the “Playoffs” also released in 2007 and dropped in a low-top form back in 2003.

If the early reports hold true, the “Playoffs” will touch down on September 2, 2023 for a yet-to-be-determined retail price.

Elsewhere in the world of Jordan Brand, the Jumpman has stayed busy by signing Euphoria actor and amateur boxer Javon “Wanna” Walton (better known to most as Ashtray), making him their youngest-ever team member.

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