This Kids-Exclusive Air Jordan 8 Retro is Seasoned with “Paprika”

While it’s obviously a fan-favorite model in the Air Jordan line, the Air Jordan 8 has laid dormant for the better part of the last few years. That’s about to change this month, however, as Jordan Brand is gearing up to release a new colorway of the strap-laden silhouette.

Well, maybe new isn’t the most appropriate adjective to describe the upcoming sneaker. The Air Jordan 8 Retro “Paprika” is actually an unreleased sample of the model that was supposed to hit shelves back in 1993.

This kids-exclusive colorway features a white leather upper with perforations poked into the quarter panels and ankle collars. Black nubuck overlays envelop the white base, appearing on the mudguards, midfoot strap system, and heels. The iconic cross straps are embellished with classic “23” logo embroidery, while the tongues take on a Jumpman motif. The upper is rounded out with comic book–esque graphics that jump off the lateral and medial heel-side overlays.

The black-and-white composition is brightened up with smoky “Paprika” hits, which season the interior ankle collars, as well as the top portions of the foam midsoles. The bottom portions of the midsoles are done in white and come capped with black rubber outsoles.

The Air Jordan 8 Retro “Paprika” will be available on and DTLR stores on September 23rd in grade-school, pre-school, and infant sizing.