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The Air Jordan XX8, loaded with features like Nike Zoom units, Jordan Flight Plate, and Dynamic Fit technology, was marketed as a performance powerhouse when it first unveiled last winter. The only problem was, with the glove-like shroud that covered much of the silhouette, much of its tech features remained hidden from sight, that is, until now.

After a fairly successful run of the shrouded AJ XX8, Jordan Brand has rolled out a shroudless version this year, giving ballers an inside look at what the shoe entails in terms of design. Aside from aesthetics, though, there’s also a performance advantage to the shroudless XX8.

With the constricting shroud gone, the XX8 SE should allow for a better range of motion than the high-top shrouded version. This means improved maneuverability on the hardwood, promoting quick cuts and more confident direction changes.

Basketball shoes aren’t necessarily known for their breathability, but with the removal of the upper’s shroud, the XX8 SE is expected to have improved temperature regulation, especially due to the reworked tongue (which is constructed from a open mesh material).

As we wait for the AJ XX8 SE's official release on October 5, 2013, images of shoe have surfaced all over the web, including player and team-exclusive colorways. Take a look at some early versions of the AJ XX8 SE and decide for yourself which you'd rock on the court.

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