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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 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

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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.

Kendrick Lamar x Nike Cortez

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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 silhoeutte.

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