Air Jordan 18
The Air Jordan 18 was released in 2003 and was the shoe for Michael Jordan’s last season (part 3).
Jordan played for the Washington Wizards, but his knees didn’t hold up for all of the games. Jordan returned towards the end of the season and ended his career on April 16, 2003 in a loss against the 76ers. Though many would love to see Jordan back yet again, it’s pretty safe to say that Jordan has retired…for good.
All three original colorways received wear from Michael Jordan over the course of his final season in Washington. The black-based pair was favored for away games, while the White/Royal pair was a home staple. In addition, MJ laced up the White/Red pair with the team’s throwback uniforms.
Aside from outfitting Michael Jordan during his final NBA season, the Air Jordan 18 provided a transition of sorts with the Air Jordan 18.5. Worn on court the following year by Denver rookie and Jordan Brand endorsee Carmelo Anthony, the 18.5 saw a new face and feet of the brand on the NBA hardwood. Carmelo Anthony would go on to sport other .5 variations and eventually receive his own signature line from JB.
Air Jordan 18s for sale
The Air Jordan 18 was the last signature Jordan laced up on court. If you are in the look out for some of rare models of the Air Jordan 18, check out the links below.
New head designer
The designer of the Air Jordan 18 was Tate Kuerbis (Jordan Senior Footwear Designer). A member of the Jordan footwear design team since 1999 and with Nike since 1995, Tate drew inspiration for the AJ18 design from a combination of things. Sleek racing lines of the auto world, Carbon fiber-based monocoque of F1 race cars, race car driving shoes (rubber heel wrap) and fine Italian dress shoes (bold stitching on the soles) all played a part in the Air Jordan 18 design story.
With the Air Jordan 17s having had a briefcase and a CD-rom the big question was how the Air Jordan 18s could possibly match this. “What is next?” was the big question for all the sneakerfreaks out there.
Well the Air Jordan 18 was no disappointment. With a new Jordan box with a nice cut out 18 with foil behind it and a new pull-out opening the box itself was quite nice. Ok, it wasn’t a briefcase, but it did help the price drop from $175 from that of $200 on the 17s.
Brush and Towel
In the package there was also a brush (black suede hi-tops) and a towel included. This provided a great set of tools that simplified the cleaning of the shoes.
Jordan + .5
Both the Air Jordan 16s and the Air Jordan 17s had a modified model called “+”. With the Air Jordan 18′ this was taken a little bit further and an 18.5 was released. The design was pretty similar but the lace cover was lifted off and the Jumpman was brought forward on the side of the shoe. The Air Jordan 18.5 also featured a plastic pants leg-stopper with the years 1985-2003 written on them.