What Let The Jordan 8 “Chrome” To Become Such A Popular Non-OG Iteration?

Jordanheads probably do not realize that the “Chrome” iteration is not an OG version of the Air Jordan 8. In fact, it is recognized as the first non-OG edition of the model. This colorway of the Air Jordan 8 was never worn by Michael Jordan during an actual game, considering that it made its retail debut back in 2003, long after MJ had retired from the sport. Yet, the model is undeniably iconic and when combined with this monochromatic color scheme, it became an instant hit. However, there is another reason behind its popularity, which makes the Jordan release of the returning Air Jordan 8 “Chrome” even more special.

air-jordan-8-black-chrome-retro-5The same year that Jordan Brand dropped the Air Jordan 8 “Chrome,” the Los Angeles Lakers had gone .500 for almost half their campaign, fortunately Kobe Bryant saved the day for the defending champions. The Lakers wound up back in contention and made to the Playoffs thanks to the unbelievable shots that the Black Mamba had scored. In the Playoffs when the Lakers faced the Minnesota Timbewolves, Kobe made one of most rim shattering dunks in the history of the sport of basketball. As readers are probably guessing by now, Kobe was indeed laced up in the Air Jordan 8 “Chrome” when he had made that unforgettable dunk.

The Air Jordan 8 “Chrome” features an upper made up of suede, and much like the sole unit, it is also dressed up in Black. However, this iteration gets its nickname from the various Chrome Grey hue that covers that makes an appearance on the rear end and the tongue of this sneaker, along with hits of White. Finally, the furry Jumpman branding on the tongue and the number “23” embroidered on the tonal crossover straps round out the look. Surprisingly the Jordan release 2015 of the Air Jordan 8 “Chrome” is scheduled to take place on the same date that adidas will be dropping the Yeezy Boost 750, i.e. December 19th.

air-jordan-8-black-chrome-retro-vs-yeezyAir Jordan 8 Retro “Chrome”
Black/Chrome
Release Date: December 19th, 2015
305381-003 | $190

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