9/9/13: Today in Performance Kicks

Prose: Jake Sittler (@jtsittler)

“Fire Red” and “Cement” Elephant Air Jordan XX8

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Yes, the price tag put the shoe out of reach for a lot of consumers (including yours truly) but the XX8 was a true performance shoe in a groundbreaking aesthetic package. Tinker and the Nike crew gave us ProPlate Zoom Air and a Flight Plate chassis – both of which appear to be staples going forward. The new Zoom setup reportedly returns 46% more energy in each step (validating what Finch and I have said multiple times that not all Zoom setups are created equal) and the Flight Plate has been used already in the Super.Fly 2, Trunner Dominate and the upcoming Melo M10.

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With all of that said, we’re getting classic colorways hooked up with classic print in this Fire Red and elephant print Jordan XX8. Are they gaudy? Possibly, but I’d certainly rock them (especially the Cement joints) and in my opinion the print and colorways work well on the XX8 canvas. Look for them to drop on September 21.

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