The Jordan retro 8's are a gem to the sneaker world. They still a widely used basketball sneaker by anyone that has owned them in the past. The durability on this shoe is beyond anyone's imagination. It is seen in today's shoes the easy separation of soles and creation of holes. But these shoes are built tough. My Jordan 8's were a hand me down they were in mint condition but still noticeably worn. They were purchased on the release date and are a few years old. Now working with sneakers I can say the average lifespan for a shoe I might sell could be six to eight months. These Jordan 8's have made time irrelevant. The high top style and comfort on the balls and heel of your feet say something about its basketball performance. I feel considerably more comfortable in these basketball shoes. The years have not done too much on the grip either. These will be hard to find. Authentic pairs are slim pickings. If you can get your hands on a pair of these they are a must have. You can box the Jordan 8's for collection and watch the Jordan brand appreciate or you can play basketball with these Jordan's and watch your game escalate. This is an opportunity shoe as I like to call it if you can get your hands on the Jordan 8's they are a must buy. Flightclub.com might be a good source if you are a serious buyer! The whole Jordan brand is prestigious check out 23isback.com for release dates on any of his retro sneakers.