Kicks On Court: Russell Westbrook’s Debut of the Air Jordan XX8

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Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook became the first player to take flight in the Air Jordan XX8 just one day after Jordan Brand unveiled this unique silhouette. Although some expected him to wear an OKC Thunder player exclusive version, Westbrook?recorded 25 points and dished out nine assists while sporting the “Stealth” colorway of the XX8. For those wondering, Russell opted to wear one zipped all the way up (right foot) and the other with the shroud halfway down (left foot). In your opinion, how does the Air Jordan XX8 look on court? View detailed photos of the XX8 on court in today’s edition of Kicks On Court.

**Note** Let us know how you feel about the Air Jordan XX8 after seeing it on court by casting your vote in our poll at the bottom of the first page.

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Russell Westbrook laying it up in the Air Jordan XX8

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Russell Westbrook’s Air Jordan XX8

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Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook in a Nike Lunar Hypergamer Low PE and the Air Jordan XX8, respectively

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Russell Westbrook’s Air Jordan XX8

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Russell Westbrook attacking the rim in the Air Jordan XX8

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Russell Westbrook laying it up in the Air Jordan XX8

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69 Comments on "Kicks On Court: Russell Westbrook’s Debut of the Air Jordan XX8"

    • MJtaughtyou

      Idk why y’all getting in arguments about it, if you don’t like the price then don’t buy them. I think there different and fly and will make a impact on the shoe game just like MJ made an impact on the game, so If you don’t like the price then don’t cop. Plain and simple.

  1. James Hill

    The cut is too high! 8 inches? C’mon now! Tinker Hatfield designed these after war boots because Michael Jordan said playing basketball felt like he was going to war. Another cheesy gimmick by Jordan Brand.

  2. Matter of fact the Gloves were better cause they even had the monkey claw print on the inside.. These look really bad especially with white crew socks on under.. Maybe they should just blend into his compression pants.. That would really force the future of footwear. How about a whole wet suit with footies?

  3. I want to see a Guicci pattern— think jumpman (log)?all on the shoe–Nike can I get paid!? :)–I guess the leather basketball shoe is dead now– technology killed it.

    • Neezy

      @gogurt20?I always hear/see you people talking about what’s “too much,” etc. etc., yet you all always ignore the fact that there are TONS of factors that determine pricing. Yeah, they cost a lot less to make, but with the overall breakdown of tech specs and performance reviews, there’s no way an individual should be saying a sneaker is “way too much.” Especially when people are paying DOUBLE THAT for poorly constructed retros, that come out every other week!

      • dclownprince101

        @Neezy agreed but you can throw specs at me all day the cost is also has to do w/ the player contract. You can throw specs st me all dsy its Nike trying to get its money back. That’s business. I actually like the shoe. But just like the other models (2012 comes to mind) these will be discounted heavily by April

  4. Neezy

    For the people who voted “I need to see more colorways before I give my final opinion” the colorway isn’t going to help or make the sneaker look any “different” than now, because it’s got a shroud on it. If it were red, white, or whatever else, if you don’t like the design a color isn’t going to change that! I, personally, love these. If you owned a pair of Flightposite I sneakers, back in the day, there’s no way you could “dislike” these… aside from being a “Retro Ho!” Although these and the FPI do differ, I instantly get taken back to those. Loved hooping in them on the courts!

  5. OriginalAuthor

    @ Nezzy Stop with the Nonsense. The FP1 was a waaaaay better shoe, and made more sense, since it was LOWER and the top of the shoe hugged the leg?more.I had that sneaker ?and ?these are not Ill like that.I dont care about the technical abilities of this shoe…there are some design follies here. Westbrook shows that, cause he flips the top down a little. The top of this shoe, fully zipped up is an EPIC FAIL.

    • Neezy

      @OriginalAuthor?Clearly you didn’t read my comment thoroughly, or you would’ve noticed it says “Although these and the FPI do differ” — I had the sneaker and hooped in them until they fell apart and had holes in the soles… I think I know the specifics, as far as the fit goes.

  6. OriginalAuthor

    The New KOBE 8 Shoe is JUST as advanced and this, but way cheaper….250 is way to much…it dont matter what people pay for retros, this a new sneaker that its Priced is Jacked Up, cause its a Jordan and they know fools who thirst for mikes and want to be “different” will buy these Joints. Like one dude said, if people ?really smart you will wait ,cause the price WILL come down, for the simple Reason they don’t really rock off the court as much.

    • John13

      @OriginalAuthor?I really love you making a tech comparison without trying both shoes on and then making a decision. ?You lost all your credibility right there. ?Secondly, I love how you’re making a price argument for the Kobe’s when either way you go, you will be getting ripped off. ?One of my friends interned with the COO (Chief Operations Officer) of Under Armour several years ago and found out that Under Armour heat gear costs less than 10 cents to make, but they sell it for around $50. ?Basketball sneakers have margins that are comparable to Under Armour. ?This basically means that your cost argument is really a mute point because either way, you’re getting ripped off. ?Something else that has to be mentioned is if you are that?concerned?about $100 extra, perhaps you shouldn’t be buying expensive sneakers. ?I buy sneakers because they look pretty cool. ?If you want to see what real quality shoe looks like, pick up some John Lobb loafers and call it a day. ?Pretty much all sneakers from the major brands (Nike, Reebok, Adidas, Puma, etc) are pretty crappy in quality. ?My best sneakers would probably be the 1997 Foamposites, but even those were not produced with the?up-most?care. ?Sneakerheads that think that basketball shoes are the be-all end-all of shoes are so stupid. ?To be honest, some Lanvin suede/patent leather sneakers would destroy any sneaker found on this website from a quality standpoint. ?Looks can be debated, so I will refrain from commenting on that

      • Ian Scharine

        @John13??@OriginalAuthor?
        I like your point about cost of manufacturing vs cost at-market. Some people always criticize my choice of buying Jordans and other shoe brands because it supports child-labor overseas. Well, know what? Look at any tag of anything you bought at a big-brand store and you’ll find that even if it says “Made in the USA” it wasn’t. Probably the tag was! The American empire doesn’t produce good anymore, corporations realize that it is much cheaper to have other countries’ kids do the work and then they can market the products for 100X what it actually cost to make. What we are paying for are the exorbitantly expensive ad campaigns which drive the heart of good old American capitalism.

      • OriginalAuthor

        @John13? You and your Cheerleader Neezy really ?have no point against mines. One. I am not arguing that sneakers are way over priced the cost of the actual shoe. Almost every Item sold to us in the world, is a Jacked up above what its cost. Some are justified in some ways…some are NOT. The Point is, that these Jordans are more about design than function from what even nike is reporting.Since these are not retros and are a New performance shoe…where the hell is the tech to justify costs? The only thing about these that we know is that they are “light”. ?Which is odd, cause nike loves to show off new tech or the advanced tech in their new splashy shoes.I buy Expenseive sneakers, so your point is mute..what I am not ,is a SUCKER and a Pawn into buying sneakers. Some sneakers aren’t justified for their price. These are a New Sneaker that ?Hit the market, with no Justifiable Tech for price and that damn design is not worth 250 lol… I am not arguing quality, so I can care less about your points of others brands, or who is higher or lower. The Point is, the Price for these are Jacked up for nothing other than DESIGN. To the cheerleader Neezy…I am not even a fan of the Kobes, but with the 8’s I can see the tech, the tech thats in the Shoe, is actually EXPLAINED and shown. Also a system implies anything that has different parts or functions to achieve a common goal.So technically, the Kobe 8 is a SYSTEM.The Lunar Soles everything is being seen.I only see a DESIGN in this jordan, and if there is no serious new sneaker tech in the shoe…its NOT justfied for being this high @ retail value other than just getting quick money cause they KNOW people WILL BUY IT.Teh reality is this…More people buy Jordan’s to rock OFF court than on court.So if this is simple a performance shoe like they claim…what makes it 250? cause its tall and light? LOL come on…stop with it…you can like them, but Jordan is playing themselves with these to me simply for the price. If these shits was 150 I pro b would not even open my mouth about them.

        • LRJ17

          @OriginalAuthor? What’s you nike source? you said, “Jordan’s are more about design than function from what even nike is reporting” Show me where Nike is saying that.
          2. No one is arguing that the Kobe VIII isn’t a system, were just saying it is a bad system.

    • Neezy

      @OriginalAuthor?Just as “different” as people claiming Kobe VIII’s are “JUST as advanced” in technology, and bashing these, to stand out from the rest?? Oh, OK! — Have you ever thought about the fact that people actually STILL DO hoop in their sneakers?? Some people aren’t even interested in the “off the court” aspect. Since you’re talking about OFF THE COURT, try wearing those Kobe VIII’s with some damn Skinnies if you want, and see how foolish you’ll look! LOL I think you also forgot that they shroud CAN still be worn unzipped, and folded down to expose the upper and the “23” logo. SMH

  7. every jordan should have a uniqueness to it that makes it stand out and different. Lately, all the Nike and Jordan stuff has been crossing over (and that’s what all youngbloodz want) a lebron shoe with a Jordan symbol – eff that. It’s only right that Jordan does not go that route from a brand stand point, they are the only brand that can do this – and I appreciate the effort. Whether or not it looks “good” or not, its unique enough to stand on its own. i don’t necessarily love every Jordan shoe in the 28 years line, and sometimes I didn’t like it when it came out, but later on, I learn to appreciate the iconicness (not a real word) of it. and this is just that. Not a sorry make a shoe because its Jordan (jordan IX, X) don’t like these, they all lead up to the XI though. btw I design shoes for a mainstream brand, and wish we could pull this shit, but only Jordan can. Kudos.

  8. OriginalAuthor

    New Kobe is 140, I am sorry, there is not a HUNDRED DOLLARS more tech in this shoe than the New Kobe Shoe, which I think is a Highly advanced shoe, especially since its a low cut sneaker, so it takes more tech for stability.Jordan is on some BS charging this much for a new sneaker that really supposed to be about “the performance” yeah right….its about the Logo why they cost like that.

    • Neezy

      @OriginalAuthor?There’s hardly ANY “tech” in the Kobe sneaker though. WOW! They put an insole in it and called it a “system.” Some “technology.” There’s no “stability,” in reference to the Kobe VIII… for the simple fact it IS a low cut sneaker. There sure as hell isn’t any “stability” in the ankle support area.

  9. Ian Scharine

    Jeez those are ugly. What’s with the green hues? I had one pair of zippered shoes and the zippers always came undone during vigorous running/jumping. If I buy the XX8’s at all they will be a lower cut version sans-zipper and with a tasteful colorway. They are probably $200+ as well.

  10. hot5rod

    . Kobe did it with the kobe iv and hyperdunks?then lebron has done it a couple of times with various shoe all both did were bring out many colorways an ppl have bought them. Jordan brand has made his signature shoe(xx3-xx8) all about performance the retros are shoes for all the sneakerheads out there not these. He is the greatest of all time and this shoe will be a game changer just like all the rest.Just wait till another colorway drops.As for all those talking about price foamposite 200,lebron p.s 200,lebron x 250 or 260.Nike has a financial goal they want to reach and as long as ppl are paying outrages price they will continue to do so. I’ve that from ppl who work for nike

  11. Voon60

    I’ve been putting some thought into the new AJXX8…after seeing these pictures of Westbrook wearing them, and then comparing them to the rest of the “kicks on court” images, I’m gaining respect for the J’s quickly. THESE ARE ACTUALLY DIFFERENT. Love them or hate them, they do make a statement, which is what Jordans should do. Anything new/revolutionary is going to be weird at first. Everyone always talks about how “these aren’t Jordans,” but what are Jordans if they’re not groundbreaking, revolutionary, and, hell, maybe even weird at first? Jordans break new ground, and–in some ways–I think that’s what these are doing. Plus they actually look really sleek and mean when worn on the court. That’s my two cents.

      • Voon60

        @AllenWalker_MH?I would argue that they’re different, aesthetically, from everything else Nike is making right now. Nike is going really loud and complex with their sigs right now (see Kobe 8–especially the I.D. versions available with the dragonfly print– and Lebron X), while this Jordan is, aesthetically, the most simplified silhouette to date. All black (with little to no texture) with a simple jumpman on the heel and icy soles. Pretty clean.

      • LRJ17

        @AllenWalker_MH??@Voon60?Name 1 other shoe besides any of the Gloves, which by the way haven’t even come out in 10 years. Please, tell me

        • Voon60

          @LRJ17??@AllenWalker_MH???? I don’t understand? Name one other shoe as what? These are different from every other Jordan, and any other basketball shoe out right now. Yes, they are high tops like UA, but the comparisons end there with them. They do have a similar idea to them as the Gloves…but are much better in performance I would bet. I just really don’t understand what you’re asking.

  12. moose2013

    i bet if they said kanye designed them or if they where called air yeezy 3, the hypebeast would say these are nice, ahead of thier time and would sell out in a minute.

  13. Prestigious

    These are probably some good performance shoes, but not many sneakerheads or hypebeast would know about that. I’ll cop em to hoop in.

  14. BennyBeFly

    Where’s the option for “I liked them even before he wore them”? I knew these would look sick on the court as soon as I saw them zipped up. I have a feeling a lot of people will really warm up to these when they see Blake Griffin and Russell Westbrook flying in these all season long.

  15. geeman4life

    You guys are giving these kicks to much hate and to much to talk about keep it up and when they do drop $250 price tag or not they just mite sell out. Just give me that back pack Tinker got on his back that $hit is hot

  16. I dont care how good these shits feel on court. They look retarded. Only way someone can pull them off, is if your super good at basketball. If you suck, your going to look like a damn fool.
    There are PLENTY of high performance sneakers out there.

  17. Hop2423

    I Still think these are a sick ugly Joke!!
    This is a Joke- ((RIGHT))
    JB&Nike are testing 2 see how many retarded blind people have MONEY!Lmao

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