We’re still quite fresh into the year, but it’s never too early to take a closer look at the best Nike 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 have included a handful of Nike 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 Nike sneakers of 2018, here is a selection of the best drops of the year (so far), including highlights from the Air Max range, hip-hop collaborations and more.
COMME des GARÇONS x Nike Air Max 180
Most collaborations can’t survive a single season, but COMME des GARÇONS and Nike have been going hard for literally decades, and it’s a worth taking note any time the two brands come together. Shown on the runway during the SS18 shows at Paris Fashion Week, the vivid Air Max 180 eventually released in a trio of colorways with pink used as the foundation of each sneaker. The sneakers were released exclusively at Dover Street Market as well as select retail partners.
Nike Epic React Flyknit
In January, Nike debuted its all-new React cushioning foam via the Epic React Flyknit sneaker. Clocking in at about 30% lighter than Boost foam, the Epic React Flyknit addressed an increasing demand for performance footwear that anyone can easily rock on their day off. The new technology was packaged within a streamlined sneaker silhouette that is suited for on the track, and off.
Kendrick Lamar x Nike Cortez
Following a handful of somewhat lacklustre Reebok collaborations, Kendrick “Kung Fu Kenny” Lamar was enlisted by Nike to re-work a Compton classic, the Nike Cortez. Limited to a US release as part of the Cortez’s 45th anniversary, the special edition low-tops featured a nod to Lamar’s 2017 studio album DAMN., written laterally in bubble font. The partnership between Lamar and Nike should produce further sneaker drops later in the year.
Nike Air Max 98 “Gundam”
After the return of the somewhat mysterious Air Max 98 via a Supreme collaboration in 2016, new colorways started to land in early 2018. The “Gundam” colorawy is a nod to the RX-78-2 from the popular Gundam sci-fi series, featuring a blue and white upper with red details, including a red full-length air unit; a colorway that is perfectly suited to the vintage ’90s silhouette.
ACRONYM x Nike Air VaporMax Moc 2
The Air VaporMax Moc 2 was the fourth sneaker collaboration to come from ACRONYM and Nike, arriving in a total of three colorways. ACRONYM founder and chief designer Errolson Hugh described the resulting sneaker by saying “There is absolutely nothing retro about it.” Accompanied by a highly art-directed pack of assets, including a Western-themed showdown video with John Mayer, the release is surely one of the most memorable drops of the year so far.
Nike M2K Tekno
This reboot of the classic Nike Air Monarch was first teased during John Elliot’s NYFW show during FW18. Streamlining and updating the silhouette for 2018, the M2K Tekno features an adjusted upper and sole unit, as well as subtle hits of color on the heel. All in all, the DNA of the Monarch remains intact, as the new version doesn’t stray too far from the original dad shoe.
Nike ACG Dog Mountain
From Nike’s original ACG line, the Dog Mountain sneaker was co-designed by Aaron Cooper and the legendary Tinker Hatfield. The shoe’s vintage trail DNA is punctuated by a vivid color scheme that takes cues from spring flowers in Oregon’s Columbia Gorge, a color combination that also calls back to the very first ACG products in the early ’80s.
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