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We’re still quite fresh into the year, but it’s never too early to take a closer look at the best Air Jordan sneakers of 2018 so far, so you can remain updated 365 days of the year.

Although this year still has a number of big drops in-store from all of the footwear brands we cover here on Highsnobiety, we’ve included a handful of sneakers below that could take the title of “Sneaker of the Year” in our end-of-year Highsnobiety Crowns, which will be rolled out later in December.

While we will keep this list updated with the best Air Jordans of 2018, here is a selection of the best drops of the year (so far).

Levi’s x Nike Air Jordan IV


It’s not that first time that these two iconic American companies have linked up, but Levi’s and Nike put their heads together to re-work the Air Jordan IV in January. The mid-top basketball silhouette was re-worked entirely in denim, right down to the shoe’s cage, sole insert and laces. Usually found on the waistband of all Levi’s denim, the classic “Levi Strauss & Co” label appears on the sneaker’s tongue, with a Jumpman logo in place of the Levi’s two horse logo.

Shop: Stadium Goods, StockX, Grailed, GOAT

Nike Air Jordan III “Black Cement”


Other than the original Air Jordan 1, the “Black Cement” III is surely the second most-important sneaker in the Jordan franchise. The first basketball sneaker to feature a visible air bubble, and the first design to feature the now-iconic cement print, Tinker Hatfield’s Jordan III design essentially saved the Air Jordan range, convincing the Chicago Bulls superstar to stay with Nike, instead of departing for adidas.

Shop: Stadium Goods, StockX, Grailed, GOAT

Nike Air Jordan 1 “Bred Toe


Following up on the considerable success of non-OG Jordan 1 colorways like the “Top 3 Gold” and “Shattered Backboard,” Jordan introduces the “Bred Toe” color scheme for 2018. This slight tweak on the original black and red “Banned” colorway shows new color blocking, featuring a red forefoot wrapped with black around the toe.

Shop: Stadium Goods, StockX, Grailed, GOAT

Virgil Abloh c/o OFF-WHITE x Nike Air Jordan 1


After Virgil Abloh & Nike’s Chicago-edition Air Jordan 1 that dropped in late 2017, an all-white version arrived in March 2018 as a European exclusive. The ultra-clean rendition featured the same well-appointed details as the first, simply boasting a more pared-down colorway that created almost the same levels of buzz as the first release.

Shop: Stadium Goods, StockX, Grailed, GOAT

Nike Air Jordan 1 “Shadow”

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Red and Royal Blue are essential parts of the Jordan 1’s colorway legacy, but even when Michael Jordan’s signature footwear collection was still emerging and making its mark in the industry, the Jordan 1 was shown in grey. The “Shadow” colorway released in 1985, the same year as the OG itself.

Nike Air Jordan 1 “Shattered Backboard Satin”

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Continuing an incredibly strong run of Jordan 1 releases, this satin version of the “Shattered Backboard” colorway dropped in early May as a women’s release. Previously, the illustrious satin-edition Jordan 1s were reserved for highly limited releases, which re-sold for over $1,000 in “Royal” and “Banned” colorways. However this orange-and-black makeup was treated to a wider release, just in time for summer.

Shop: Stadium Goods, StockX, Grailed, GOAT

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