This Jordan trainer looks like it's cut from the same cloth as the Jordan 8. The Jordan Trainer Essential is made up a soft material on the upper with spme perforations for breathability. The bootie system eliminates the natural tongue but gives you a snug fit. The midfoot strap is similar to the Air Jordan 8 and even the graphic design on the side panels. While the Jordan 8 is a performance model, this looks like a a lifestyle performance shoe which is ideal for light training and even for causal use.