With 2018 wrapping up and a new year for Jordan Brand on its way, it’s time to reflect on some of the dopest releases to date. There’s no questioning that it’s been a wild year for the Jumpman, and now, sneakerheads looking to see out 2018 with a collection that’s not missing any recent grails can fill in the pieces at Stadium Goods.
As any Air Jordan collector will know, the most coveted silhouettes come in limited numbers and don’t sit at retail for long. This being the case, Stadium Goods is a popular platform for buyers and sellers alike to deal in hyped high-tops. Sourcing the best selection of sneakers from around the globe, the secondary marketplace has a vast stock of coveted Air Jordans in all sizes, making it the perfect place to find and secure this year’s best drops.
Our selection below is a curation of the Jordan’s that have, in our eyes, really stood out. Some came with unprecedented hype (and with that, some steep resell markups), and others caught our eye for their OG Jordan aesthetics and some surprisingly reasonable resell deals.
Read on to see our picks of the must-have 2018 Air Jordans that any serious collector should own.
Air Jordan 11 “Cap & Gown”
These patent leather Air Jordan 11s are a dope formal sneaker, complete with premium details including a suede base, metallic Jumpman logos, and laces that resemble graduation cords.
OFF-WHITE Air Jordan 1
One of the most hard-to-cop sneakers from Virgil Abloh’s The Ten line, the Nike x OFF-WHITE Air Jordan 1 released exclusively in Europe and has remained an ultimate flex shoe all year long.
Vogue Air Jordan 3 “AWOK”
Using Anna Wintour’s signature of approval on Vogue projects — “AWOK”, which stands for “Anna Wintour OK” — was the heel tab design flourish on these tweed women’s Air Jordan 3s that signs off their place in the Jordan hall of fame.
Air Jordan 3 “Tinker Hatfield”
Tinker Hatfield’s original sketch for the Air Jordan 3 was brought back to life for its 30th anniversary this year, featuring the iconic Nike Swoosh on both side panels of the sneaker and an all-new red heel tab.
OFF-WHITE Air Jordan 1 “UNC”
The third OFF-WHITE Air Jordan 1 takes inspiration from the “UNC” colorway of Michael Jordan’s first signature shoe, complemented by the signature Virgil Abloh design tropes that made this an instant sell-out.
Air Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard”
A women’s exclusive from May this year, the leather paneling of this Air Jordan 1s upper is blended with orange satin at its toe and heel, making for a super striking fabrication.
Travis Scott Air Jordan 4 “Cactus Jack”
Travis Scott’s Air Jordan 4 “Cactus Jack” takes its colorway inspiration from the now defunct Houston Oilers football team, referencing his Texas roots. It’s up there with the best of this year’s rapper collabs.
Air Jordan 3 Retro “Black/Cement”
The 2018 iteration of the iconic “Black/Clement” colorway takes the cake over previous years thanks to the return of the “Nike Air” branding on the back of the heel. Having dropped on MJs birthday, there’s no understating this one’s neccessity in any comprehensive rotation.
Air Jordan 1 “Not For Resale”
Despite its tongue-in-cheek encouragement not to, this special edition Air Jordan 1 fast hit Stadium Goods after selling out at retail. Coming in an OG colorway, there was never any real doubt in sneakerheads’ minds that it would become prime resell property…
Air Jordan 1 “Bred Toe”
This retro-looking pair gets its status as collector’s grail thanks to its merging of the OG “Black Toe” and “Bred” colorways. In mixing two classics for a colorway appealing for even purists, Jordan Brand hit the nail on the head with this design.