Nike's release of the new Jordan Brand XX8s comes this weekend with the NBA All-Star Break and Michael Jordan's 50th birthday.
With the zip-up shroud a la Shawn Kemp's Reeboks from back in the day, they're creating a lot of fervor, but it seems like they're well on their way to joining in the long list of iconic Jordan brand shoes.
The new Jordans are obviously something very different than we're used to in the Jordan line, but they've been known to mix things up over the years.
It might be strange to play basketball with them unzipped, as the shroud would be flapping around as you run up and down the court. However, they seem to be more or less agreed upon as good, stable shoes. And why wouldn't they be?
When zipped up, they kind of look like a football player with his cleat taped up to his ankle, which is an interesting feel. But then they zip down to reveal the green upper and tongue: like the alien that bursts out of John Hurt's chest in Alien.
In short, they're unequivocally beautiful and undeniably weird.
It seems as if the weirdness would end with the fact that they have a zip-up shroud covering the majority of the shoe, but the variety of colors just adds to the mystery of these shoes.
Whether it be the visceral-looking "Knicks" version, the "Red Elephant" colorway, the initial "Electric Green" alternative, or the beautiful "Oragami" look, these shoes are going to go a long way to get people talking about them.