Happy 50th birthday to the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan. Although His Airness may not be slashing to the basket with his trademark wagging tongue nowadays, he's still one of the most influential and integral figures in the world of basketball footwear. The Air Jordan legacy line has provided us with some of the most innovative sneakers of all time, both pushing technology limits and breaking aesthetic blueprints.

And today, February 17, 2013, as MJ turns 50, Jordan Brand is rolling out their latest and greatest. The Air Jordan XX8 stirred up a considerable amount of buzz when it first surfaced late last year, which was understandable. The super high profile, zipper system, and minimal setup underneath the shroud are some of the most aggressive styles cues yet from Jordan Brand. But the thing about Jordan's signature models is that there's never a wasted moment: every stitch, line, and overlay are there for a reason, helping to improve efficiency on the hardwood. With the XX8, it's possible that the brand have outdone themselves again, as the model has been praised for its outstanding heel lockdown and snug, glove-like fit. Meanwhile, Jordan hallmarks like carbon fiber and translucent rubber outsoles have been utilized on the model as well.

So if you want to celebrate Jordan's 50th in the biggest way possible, head over to Eastbay to pick up the Air Jordan XX8 for $250.

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