Back in September 2012, the Air Jordan 8 had been absent from the sneaker scene for quite some time until Jordan Brand decided to bring it back once again. The Jumpman made the announcement that they would be celebrating Michael Jordan’s accomplishment of winning the NBA championship thrice in a row with the comeback of the Air Jordan 8 “Playoffs.” The Air Jordan 8 OG “Playoffs” had made its debut back in April 1993. Based on these photos that can be found on the Instagram account @cryingkicks, it seems that the Air Jordan 8 “Playoffs” had surfaced again, but is not a part of upcoming Jordan releases 2016.
As mentioned, April 1993 had marked the arrival of the Air Jordan 8 “Playoffs,” which had retailed at a price of $125 back then. As can be seen on the pair featured here, its uppers are dressed up almost entirely in black and are made up of durabuck, while red and tonal black accents can also be spotted. A very bold and captivating multi-colored design also covers this sneaker’s inner linings, while the outsoles that this sneaker is equipped with are also multi-colored. Other features of this sneaker includes anti-inversion cross straps, inner air sleeves like those of the Nike Air Huarache, and poly carbonate torsion plates.
Pop culture references have often been utilized by sneaker customizers when designing their custom creations. These days, social media and the web have been taken over by the “Crying Michael Jordan” meme and its presence on the tongues of this Air Jordan 8 “Playoffs” pair should make it obvious that it is a custom. Andrew Weiss and Sherman Winfield are the ones who designed this sneaker and Michael Jordan’s crying face in animated form, which is visible on the tongues, can also be spotted on the insoles as well.
This version of the Air Jordan 8 “Playoffs” does look kind of hilarious because “Crying Michael Jordan” meme that has replaced the Jumpman branding on the tongues. Too bad that Jordanheads will not be able to get their hands on this unique sneaker.
Jordan 8 “Playoffs” (2013)
Style Code: 305381-061
Release Date: 06/29/2013