Jordan Brand (and NIKE, Inc. in general) has always given special pairs from its iconic catalog to the sports teams at the University of Oregon. This is in addition to giving Player-Exclusive shoes to some of the professional athletes it sponsors. The latest? Two styles of the Air Jordan 8 will be auctioned off by GOAT.
The patent leather keeps the shoes from looking like everyday wear
Tinker Hatfield made a pair for the Ducks football team in December 2021 that is a little different. Each of the new pairs will be limited to just 400. As with the first pair, the money from each sneaker will go to Division Street, an organization that helps student-athletes make the most of their name, image, and likeness (NIL). On the design side, Hatfield uses all of the same parts he used in 1993, but he rethinks them through the lens of his alma mater. Both styles have shades of “Electric Green” and “Gorge Green,” but the one that is mostly “Black” has more school spirit in its high-quality build. Patent leather is used on the charity shoes, and the traditional Jumpman logo on the chenille tongue label has been replaced by the University of Oregon’s Duck logo. The name of the athletics program is written on the overlays on both sides of the heel. This is a big change from December 2021’s proposal. All of these parts come together to make a really special Air Jordan.
The Oregon Air Jordan 8 is a great shoe, and not just because it has the school’s colors or logos on it. Because Hatfield wrote about what it was like to play for the Ducks and made something that was both nostalgic and forward-looking.