The Air Jordan 8 released in 1993 with a price tag of $125. The shoe was again designed by renowned footwear designer Tinker Hatfield. They featured anti-inversion cross straps over the top of the foot, a Huarache inner bootie similar to the Jordan 7, and a durabuck upper. The Air Jordan 8s had consumers talking immediately when they hit shelves, not only because of their funky design but also the colors chosen for the shoe. Another unique feature was the absence of a Nike logo anywhere on the shoe, something Tinker had wanted to do starting with the Air Jordan 6 as he believed Michael’s logo was enough to carry a shoe on its own.
The Air Jordan 8 originally only came in three colorways to the public. MJ primarily wore a white leather-based pair commonly referred to as the “Bugs Bunny” Air Jordan 8s since it was the pair he wore in the Warner Brothers collab commercials. For the All-Star Game, MJ wore the “Aqua” colorway (commonly referred to as the “All-Stars” by many older Jordan heads). He finished the year in a black-based “Playoff” colorway like he had every season since the Air Jordan 3.
The Chicago Bulls 1993 season was another for the history books. They had a 57-25 record, good for first in the Central Division and second in the Eastern Conference. Michael, Scottie Pippen, and Jordan lead the way again with MJ winning various awards for his performance throughout the season. He was given the AP Athlete of the Year, made First Team All-NBA, First Team All-Defense, and was selected to his ninth consecutive All-Star team. 1993 would also be the year that Jordan scored his 20,000th point and he tied Wilt Chamberlain’s record of seven consecutive NBA scoring titles.
To finish off the 1993 season Chicago advanced to the NBA Finals to face Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns. Barkley had won the MVP award over MJ, and Jordan was out to prove a point. Nobody was more valuable than him. Jordan scored 40 points in four straight NBA Finals games, including a 55 point game where he shot 57% percent from the field with eight boards and four assists. The Bulls finally closed the series out in Game 6 with a one-point victory. With that win, the Bulls cemented themselves among the league’s greatest teams ever becoming the first team in nearly 30 years to win three straight titles. Jordan was named Finals MVP while averaging 41 ppg for the series, and NBA Finals record. Point proven.