End of An Era: Enter Air Jordan 8, Exit MJ

Air Jordan Retro Sneaker

The Air Jordan 8 holds a lot of sentimental significance to sneakerheads and collectors. It first released in 1993—the year of MJ's "three-peat" championship season. The AJ XIII is also distinguished for being the last shoe Michael Jordan wore before his first retirement.

Created by the legendary designer Tinker Hatfield, the Air Jordan 8 initially released at a retail price of $125. Highly sought-after models that carry significant resale values include the Air Jordan 8 Retro DB Doernbecher colorway ($400 to $1,200), the OVO collection ($350 to $500) and the coveted Air Jordan 8 PE series that can fetch anywhere from 2,500 to over $10,000.

Other noteworthy, collectable styles include the Jordan 8 Retro in Champagne and Bugs Bunny colorways, which resale for around $225 to $500 and $200 to $450, respectively.

Air Jordan 8 Design and Construction

The AJ VIII features a two cross-strap design around the laces, which distinguishes it from other Air Jordan models and retains its legacy as a signature '90s sneaker style. The silhouette is renowned for its iconic chenille tongue graphic design.

When the Jordan 8 Retro Low was introduced in 2003, it featured a low-top silhouette and one cross-strap detail around the laces. Otherwise, it maintained the Jordan 8's original design integrity.

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Air Jordan 8 OG (Original) Collection

For its debut, three colorways were released:

During his final year before retiring, Jordan wore the Bugs Bunny colorway throughout the regular season. He transitioned to the black colorway for the NBA Playoffs. The team once again advanced to the NBA Championships and beat the Phoenix Suns to secure their third consecutive Finals Championship. Jordan wrapped up his career (until he reemerged) as the NBA Finals MVP for the third time.

Air Jordan 8 Retros: A Decade Brings Fresh Looks

The first Air Jordan 8 Retro was released in 2013, ten years after the OG model's debut. Two of these retros retained the OG's classic shape, and two introduced the Jordan 8 Retro Low. Unlike its predecessor, the Retro Low features a low-top silhouette and one cross-strap detail around the laces. Otherwise, the new iteration of the Jordan 8 remains true to the shoe's original integrity. This launch includes four colorways:

  • Air Jordan VIII Retro Bugs Bunny
  • Air Jordan VIII Retro Chrome
  • Air Jordan VIII Retro Low Chrome
  • Air Jordan VIII Retro Low Playoff

With its first release since 2003, the updated Air Jordan 8 Retro Chrome launched again in December 2015. It was the first non-original colorway debut in the Jordan 8 and has a resale value ranging from $300 to $600.

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Air Jordan 8: Retros Revisited

In 2007, the Jordan 8 Retro LS Peapod colorway was also released in September 2007 with a resale value of $350 to $500. The three original OG colorways also resurfaced:

  • Air Jordan 8 Retro Aqua. This retro was released in September 2007 and again in November 2005. It has a resale value of $300 to $400.
  • Air Jordan 8 Retro Bugs Bunny. This model saw its first rerelease in November 2008 in a Countdown Pack with the Jordan 15 Retro and got rereleased in April 2013. It has a resale value of $200 to $400.
  • Air Jordan 8 Retro Playoff. It was first rereleased in December 2007 and again in June 2013 to honor the 20th anniversary of the 1993 NBA Finals. Resale values range from $200 to $400.
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In 2013 and 2015, three new models debuted:

  • Air Jordan 8 Retro Phoenix Suns. This colorway was released in May 2013 and was inspired by the team the Chicago Bulls defeated during the 1993 NBA Finals.
  • Air Jordan 8 Retro DB Doernbecher. Released in November 2014, this version has a resale value of $400 to upwards of $1,200. It was designed by Caden Lampert, a patient at the OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital, as part of the Doernbecher Freestyle collection.
  • Air Jordan 8 Retro Three Times a Charm. Also known as Three-Peat, this model came out in October 2015 and features the team colors of the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers and Phoenix Suns. Its resale value is around $200 to $300.

Air Jordan 8 Retro Trophy & Confetti Pack

For its 2016 Championship Pack, the Jordan Brand released two festive colorways:

  • Confetti. Featuring black, metallic gold and anthracite detailing, the style celebrates the Bulls' victories with the words "World Champions" and "Again and Again" inscribed. Their resale value is between $250 and $400.
  • Air Jordan 8 Retro C&C Trophy. Also referred to as Champagne, this colorway features a white and metallic gold design and is valued at $250 to $500.

Air Jordan 8 Retro OVO Collection

Jordan collaborated with Drake to create a two-colorway pack featuring OVO's signature Owl logo, and a red Jumpman logo accent. Both the White and Black colorways feature gold accents and were released in February 2018 during the NBA All-Star Weekend.

With a resale market value ranging from $350 to $500, they're a smart investment for any sneakerhead or collector looking to own an Air Jordan OVO colorway. Jordan 12 Retro styles from the collection sell for approximately $1,000 to $2,000.

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Air Jordan 8 Retro PE Models

In 2008, the Jordan Brand launched its first two Player Exclusives, followed by two more in 2015 and 2016. Roughly only 24 pairs of each colorway were available:

  • Air Jordan 8 Retro Ray Allen. Designed for Boston Celtics player 'Sugar Ray' Allen, the black and stealth clover colorway has the esteemed athlete's nickname written along the side. Released in February 2008, its staggering market value is approximately $10,000.
  • Air Jordan 8 Retro Q-Rich. Celebrating New York Knicks player Quentin Richardson, the design features a white body with blue and orange accents and features the player's initials and jersey number Q 23 on the side. It was also released in February 2008 and has a market value of approximately $2,500.
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  • Air Jordan 8 Retro Kentucky Madness PE. Debuting in February 2015, the style mixes black, fire red and royal blue. Its current resale value is approximately $7,000, but it's been listed as high as $40,000!
  • Air Jordan 8 Retro Kobe Bryant PE. The Air Jordan 3/8 Kobe Pack debuted in 2016. It never had an official public release, and with an estimated resale value of $25,000, it's one of the rarest Air Jordan 8 colorways.

Cultural Relevance of the Air Jordan VIII

Kayne West has been spotted sporting the Aqua colorway, and Drake wore the Air Jordan 8 Retro Kentucky Madness PE sneaker to Kentucky Basketball's Big Blue Madness in October 2017.

The Bugs Bunny colorway became a pop culture icon in a 90-second promotional clip for the 1996 hit movie, Space Jam. The cartoon featured the MVP star and Looney Tunes character Marvin the Martian.

The AJ 8 has rocked it in music videos too. The Air Jordan 8 Retro Women's Aqua model was featured in the hit song Crank That by rapper Soulja Boy Tell 'Em. And the Air Jordan 8 Retro OVO White & Gold version made a cameo in Drake's Look Alive.

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AJ 8s with the Highest Resale Values

For its 2016 Championship Pack, the Jordan Brand released two festive colorways:

  • All-Star Aqua (OG)
  • Bugs Bunny (OG)
  • Playoff (OG)
  • Retro Chrome
  • Retro Sugar Ray PE
  • Retro Q-Rich PE
  • Retro DB Doernbecher
  • Retro LS Peapod
  • Retro OVO White & Gold
  • Retro OVO Black & Gold
  • Retro C&C Trophy
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Caring for Your Air Jordan 8s

If your AJ 8s are leather, a simple wiping will do. However, for styles featuring Nubuck or suede, avoid water and gently remove dirt and surface stains with a suede brush.

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