Take Flight is Airborne in Air Jordan 8 Retro

Nothing gets between Jumpman and his game, the same way nothing gets between Jordan fans and their new releases. The Air Jordan 8 Retro Take Flight begins the roll out of the Jordan Spring 2017 collection, and it’s bound to fly off shelves.

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STATS

Air Jordan 8 Retro Take Flight

Release Date: January 28, 2017

Retail: $190

Colors: Sequoia/Black/Wolf Grey/Max Orange

Features: Leather and Durabuck upper; cross-strap design; geometric sole accent

 

Take Flight is Airborne

Air Jordan 8 Retro Take Flight kicks off the Spring 2017 Jordan collection with not only a bang, but a crash and a boom. The sleek sequoia colorway breathes new personality in the Air Jordan 8. While former releases of the sneaker toed the line of fashion and performance, Take Flight aims to be fashion-forward and to some extent, business casual. It’s a sneaker by definition, but it takes on new ways to wear it through its personality. Take Flight’s colorway joins the new neutrals, like Air Jordan III Dark Grey, which are introducing Jordans to new places off the court.

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Military Trend Meets Flight Theme

Both Nike and Jordan brands have capitalized off the military trend for the past several months, and Take Flight keeps it going.

It builds off themes of flight that run strong throughout the Jordan Brand’s design history. (Nike.com, “Spring 17 Air Jordan Silhouettes”)

Michael Jordan transcended the court as much as he transformed it. He didn’t just have the speed of a fast car– he reached new heights with his Air Time. Take Flight celebrates Jumpman with a sky-high sneaker. Just like an American fighter jet, Jordan broke the sound barrier in so many ways. The crowds got louder, and the sound of slamming the backboard echoed like never before. Take Flight might not look like it was made for the court, but it embodies everything that Jordan brought to the court.

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Battle Ready

Take Flight, also like a fighter jet, is battle ready for 2017. The Air Jordan 8 celebrates its 20-year anniversary with this retro, but comes with some updates. Take Flight is the first to see neoprene materials integrated into the Air Jordan 8 upper. The new mix of materials elevate the Air Jordan 8, but also maintains its most classic, iconic qualities.

Of those qualities that are most beloved is the Air Jordan strap, which is the most recognizable feature of the Air Jordan 8. With Take Flight, Air Jordan 8 fans can rest assured they will stay strapped into their favorite silhouette. The cross-body instep upper is also reminiscent of the criss-cross safety belts seen in jets.

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Orange You Going to Ask About It

The sequoia, military-inspired colorway sticks to a single palette, but Max Orange manages to find its way into various areas. The sole features an orange slash that blends into the iconic geometric design seen in previous Air Jordan 8’s. Take Flight also features a Max Orange insole, as well as a front-facing Max Orange Jumpman on the tongue. With such stealthy curb appeal from a sophisticated colorway, aren’t you wondering why Max Orange enters the picture?

Max Orange is the color pop that marries matter and form. The splash of color not only refocuses the sneaker on the Jumpman, but it also taps into the orange of a basketball. From college ball to the boardroom, Michael Jordan’s relationship with a basketball has been the main focus of all business endeavors. As the all-American athlete, reinvented businessman, and role model to many, Michael Jordan stands out in history. With that, Take Flight celebrates Jumpman’s contribution to the world of sports and fashion.

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Jump On It

The Air Jordan 8 Retro Take Flight spirals through stores on January 28. As one of the first drops of the Spring 2017 Jordan Silhouettes, Take Flight raises the bar pretty high for the season. Of course, Jumpman himself is the king of Air Time, so we fully expect the Jordan Brand to keep raising that bar.

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