Winter’s chill is upon us, and the holiday season is in full swing – a time when we typically anticipate the release of winter-themed sneakers. You’d expect to see a range of kicks embellished with snowy designs and frosty motifs in sync with the season. However, there is a scarcity of stellar wintery themed colourways in the sneaker market this year.
Perhaps you’ve noticed it too, but it seems we’re in short supply of winter-themed sneaker designs that truly encapsulate the season’s essence. Where are all the sneaker designs featuring hues of icy blue tones interspersed with silver and white accents? Or those portraying unblemished white enhanced with frosty detailing? It’s surprisingly evident that the range of overtly winter-related colourways is limited.
During these moments, we here at Sneaker Fortress can’t help but be drawn back to some of the sneaker highlights of the past; this time, it’s the iconic Air Jordan 8 “Snowflake.
If you don’t remember, the Air Jordan 8 “Snowflake” debuted in 2018. This festive snow-inspired version showcased brilliant hues of “Cobalt Blaze”, “Blue Void”, and “White”. Yet, it wasn’t solely the striking blend of diverse blue tones and pristine white that stole the show. What truly made these sneakers stand out were the numerous references to the icy coolness of winter.
The sneaker’s lustrous patent leather straps that crisscross over each other, embraced a striking, blizzard-inspired fade effect to complete the icy aesthetic. The sneakers proudly displayed a unique snowflake design adorned over their leather base. Their look was completed with a chic navy and white rubber sole showcasing the same captivating snowflake pattern on the underside.
Initially, these sneakers debuted with a retail price of $140 USD. Interestingly, the aftermarket prices have remained relatively consistent with this initial cost. However, depending on the site and size, some pairs sell for as much as $300 USD. While obtaining these ‘Snowflake’ Air Jordan 8s at a reasonable price has proven relatively straightforward, their limited size availability did present a challenge. They were initially released only for big kids, little kids, as well as infants and toddlers.
Of course, adults with smaller feet easily fit into the big kid sizes. However, this meant that regular adult-size availability was glaringly absent. Consequently, a significant portion of sneaker lovers were unable to snag a pair of the striking ‘Snowflake’ iteration, and that truly is a shame, considering just how stunning they are.
It does seem rather amusing, though, that the more experimental and vibrant colourways appear to be designed primarily with the youth in mind. I’m sure that plenty of adults would relish the chance to wear such unique and stunning sneaker designs. I’m still kind of in a spin over the luxurious Air Jordan 11 ‘Velvet’ from their Heiress Collection, which was sadly only released in big kids’ sizes. These elusive pieces represent missed opportunities for both us fans and the Jordan Brand itself.
If you did miss out when these were first released but are fortunate enough to own smaller feet, it’s not all doom and gloom! You can still hunt down a pair of these sneakers on resale platforms such as Stock X or through various other sneaker resellers.
Sadly for the rest of us, the Jordan Brand does not appear to have plans to re-release these beauties anytime soon. We still hold out hope, though, for a return of these winter-themed sneakers, preferably with a broader range of sizes. I’m confident we’re not the only fans hopeful for the opportunity to don this spectacular design in an adult size.
Until that hopeful day arrives, be sure to follow us for more sneaker drops and the odd stroll down sneaker memory lane.
Are you a fan of distinctively winter-themed sneakers like the Air Jordan 8 “Snowflake”?
Source: Flight Club