In New York City yesterday Michael Jordan’s line of new kicks came out and of course the hype was what you would expect from the greatest of all time. The event showcased Carmelo Anthony, Spike Lee and others.
Oklahoma City Thunder point-guard Russell Westbrook will debut the XX8's at the Brooklyn Nets game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn tonight.
What do these "military style" shoes look like? Hit the jump...
Here’s some notes from the unveiling: Spike Lee, legendary Jordan designer Tinker Hatfield, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook — brought onto the Jordan Family earlier this fall — all made appearances. Westbrook will debut the shoe tomorrow night for Oklahoma City.
This is the most tested Jordan shoe ever, according to the Jordan team, and with an 8-inch tall shoe carries the silhouette of a military boot as if you are going into figurative battle. It’s got a piston-style outsole with Nike Zoom Air included.
The zipper on the shoe takes its design clue from the movies of James Bond and Arnold Schwarzenegger, where you can zip into a new outfit instantly. When the team took a prototype to MJ himself, he loved it so much he wanted to wear it right there. Hatfield wants to tell a story with each shoe, much in the way a movie does, and he calls it creating a “romance.” When Tinker asked Jordan what stealth meant to him in the sense of this shoe’s stealth, military inspiration, Hatfield said, MJ responded: Stealth is like a black cat. It’s an automatic aircraft. You can’t fuck with an automated aircraft. It’s like my game. By the time you see it, it’s too (bleeping) late.
The shoe will debut officially on February 15 in Houston at the NBA All-Star Game and will be made available globally the next day for $250