Some of Kawhi Leonard’s greatest moments occurred while rocking the Air Jordan XX8 shoes.
This sneaker noticeably featured a tall shroud that made the shoe look like a boxing boot, although Leonard opted for the shroud-less XX8 SE seen above. The XX8 was first unveiled in 2013 as the latest iteration in the Jordan legacy line. This sneaker saw the return of the GOAT sneaker designer in Tinker Hatfield, who worked with Jordan Brand developer Josh Heard to create the XX8.
The signature FlightPlate and unlocked Zoom Air that debuted on the XX8 went on to be featured in multiple Jordan Brand sneakers years after the initial release. That combination of technology provided a next-level bounce with a large Zoom unit placed directly under your foot, while also being closer to the floor. The AJXX8 also utilized Dynamic Fit, which had loops in place of lace holes that cinched the shoe closer to your foot for a lockdown fit.
Kawhi wore the Air Jordan XX8 SE for most of the 2013 Playoffs, with notable poster dunks over Serge Ibaka and Chris “Birdman” Andersen. The San Antonio Spurs redemption tour to avenge the prior year’s NBA Finals loss was capped by Leonard in the XX8 SE, hoisting the Finals MVP trophy.
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