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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 at Highsnobiety, we’ve included a handful of sneakers below that could take the title of “The Best Sneaker of 2018” in our end-of-year Highsnobiety Crowns, which will be rolled out in December.

In the meantime, we’ll be keeping 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 these two iconic American companies have linked up, but Levi’s and Nike put their heads together to rework the Air Jordan IV in January. The mid-top basketball silhouette was reworked entirely in denim, right down to the shoe’s cage, sole insert, and laces. Usually found on the waistband of Levi’s jeans, the classic “Levi Strauss & Co.” label appears on the sneaker’s tongue with a Jumpman logo in place of Levi’s two-horse logo.

Shop: Stadium Goods, StockX, Grailed, GOAT

Nike Air Jordan III “Black Cement”


Other than the original Air Jordan I, 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 I “Bred Toe”


Following the considerable success of non-OG Jordan I colorways such as the “Top 3 Gold” and “Shattered Backboard,” Jordan introduced the “Bred Toe” colorway for 2018. This slight tweak on the original black and red “Banned” colorway featured 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 I “White”


After Virgil Abloh & Nike’s 2017 “Chicago”-edition Air Jordan I, 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 I “Shadow”

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

Nike Air Jordan I “Shattered Backboard Satin”

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Continuing an incredibly strong run of Jordan I releases, this satin version of the “Shattered Backboard” colorway dropped in early May as a women’s release. Previously, the illustrious satin-edition Jordan Is were reserved for highly limited releases, which resold for more than $1,000 in the “Royal” and “Banned” colorways. This orange-and-black colorway, however, was given a wider release, just in time for summer.

Shop: Stadium Goods, StockX, Grailed, GOAT

Travis Scott x Nike Air Jordan IV “Cactus Jack”

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Following his Air Force I collaboration, which featured a removable Swoosh, rapper Travis Scott dropped his “Cactus Jack” Jordan IVs in June. This monumental team-up between one of hip-hop’s brightest stars and Michael Jordan’s eponymous brand resulted in a light blue color scheme that paid homage to Houston’s defunct football team, the Oilers. Branding from Scott’s Cactus Jack Records was added throughout, including on the sole insert, as well as the left heel in place of the classic Jumpman logo.

Nigel Sylvester x Nike Air Jordan I


After appearing in Nike’s new Sport Pack campaign, BMX sensation Nigel Sylvester has partnered with Jordan Brand for a collaborative take on the Air Jordan I. His Airness’ first signature sneaker is Sylvester’s go-to kick of choice when riding, amassing heavy distress marks during the trial and error part of mastering tricks. This look has been simulated via hand-made distressing on a discolored sail upper. A reflective medial Swoosh, deconstructed lateral Swoosh, and mini Swoosh on the forefoot add to the design’s originality. Sylvester’s Jordan I is out on September 1.

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