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Air Jordan 8 "Three Time's A Charm"

“Three-peat” is a term coined by Los Angeles Lakers player Byron Scott during the team’s campaign for their third consecutive championship duing the 1988-89 season. The 88-89 Lakers were not successful in obtaining the hallowed “Three-peat,” but it has remained a goal of NBA teams across the nation. This revered goal has only been reached by three teams in NBA history.

This phenomenon was first achieved by the Minneapolis Lakers from the 1952 season to 1954 season, but the Lakers wouldn’t do it again until the 2000 to 2002 seasons in L.A. The feat was topped by the Bill Russell led Boston Celtics with a record eight consecutive NBA championship wins from 1959 to 1966. Fast forward 25 years to 1991, when the third team to earn the “Three-peat” was the Chicago Bulls led by His Airness, Michael Jordan.

In the 1990-91 season, the Bulls racked up 61 wins, and were met with overall success during the NBA playoffs. At the end of the playoffs, they beat the L.A. Lakers led by Magic Johnson. The Portland Trail Blazers were the second team to get taken down during the championship by the Bulls for the second win on the road to the “Three-peat.” The last to fall to the might of the Bulls was the Phoenix Suns, led by Charles Barkley in the 1993 NBA Finals.

During the run for the third championship, Jordan was sporting the Air Jordan 8 as the Bulls beat the Suns. MJ also claimed the Final MVP award. The AJ 8 was the last silhouette Jordan wore before his first retirement in October of 1993.

“Three Time’s A Charm” is the latest colorway for the Air Jordan 8, and it is a remembrance of the teams the Chicago Bulls conquered to reach the NBA record books with their first “Three-peat.” The AJ 8 is known for having vibrant aspects on the midsole, tongue, and outsole. The “Three Time’s A Charm” is no exception to this, with colors from the three vanquished championship contenders.

The upper of this silhouette is mainly comprised of a white leather base and black nubuck overlays. The cross-straps sports a stylized 23, and the tongue is stitched with a red Jumpman and gold basketball with net. The liner and ankle padding are a vivid purple. Orange, red, purple, and gold hues energize the midsole lending a festive vibe to the sneaker.

The cross-straps provide complete lockdown, while the higher cut and extra padding around the ankle achieve maximum support. A combo of the anti-torsion plate and the air unit support and cushion the foot. The outsole rocks the same vibrant colors as the midsole, and unique pattern provides traction.

The Air Jordan 8 “Three Time’s A Charm” will be dropping on Saturday, Oct. 24th, in stores only. It will be available in Men’s for $190, grade schoolers’ for $140, preschoolers’ for $80, and toddlers’ for $60. Cop these kicks to celebrate a great first run to the record books for MJ and the Chicago Bulls.