Air Jordan VIII

Jordan VIII

Following the minimalist design of the Air Jordan VII, the Air Jordan VIII represented a tremendous shift in philosophy. While the goal of the Huarache-inspired VII was light weight, the VIII relied on cross-straps and a higher cut to provide the ultimate in cushioned support. The Jordan VIIIs on Jordan’s feet made the Bulls first three-peat complete. Just the third team in NBA history to do so, the Bulls routed the Suns in six games and Jordan claimed the Finals MVP (his third straight) after Sir Charles took the regular-season honors. 

The "Aqua" VIIIs helped continue Jordan's sneaker dominance in the All-Star Game and had no shortage of fans in the streets or magazine covers. The sneaker also continued to bridge the gap with the relationship between Nike and Bugs Bunny—the straps did kind of look like bunny ears.