Via Ball Don't Lie:

On Monday afternoon, Nike and Jordan Brand released its latest incarnation, the Jordan XX8 (aka 28, for those of you don't recognize both Roman and Arabic numerals in the same construction) at an event in New York City.

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The shoes, devised by legendary Nike designer Tinker Hatfield over the course of two years, retail for a cool $250 and will make their NBA debut on Tuesday night when Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder plays against the Nets in Brooklyn.

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Westbrook signed a deal with Jordan brand shortly before the season started (which even included customized fashion glasses), so that he would be debuting the new Jordans would make sense.

Still, I don't know how psyched I would be about debuting these new "rain boots". I had a pair of shoes made out of this same material in the fourth grade. I was pretty psyched, because they were my first pair of shoes that didn't have velcro or laces on them, so they were super easy to put on and take off. Moreover, they were super comfortable.

What I didn't know is that the shoes would last less than a year. By the time summer rolled around, the shoes were a holey, unrecognizable mess.