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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 2017, 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

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