It may seem hard to believe that it has been over 15 years since the Air Jordan 18 last arrived at retailers, but that is actually true. The Air Jordan 18 originally made its debut back in 2003, designed by Tate Kuerbis, and the first time it was retroed was back in 2008, so perhaps fifteen years is a bit of a stretch. However, it is still a fact that Jordan Brand has neither brought back any original colorways nor dropped brand new ones of the Air Jordan 18 in a very long time. Fortunately, it seems that Air Jordan releases 2018 will include both of those.
Apparently, one of the two Air Jordan 18 colorways that are expected to be available next year is actually a returning one. In fact, it was never even officially available to the general public when it was first seen. It was Michael Jordan who wore the Air Jordan 18 “Sport Royal” on April 16th, 2003, back when he was a member of the Washington Wizards, which was also the final game of his professional basketball career. In the case of this colorway, the one-piece uppers of the sneaker are mostly plain White, with the Sport Royal hue appearing over its inner lining, midsoles and outsoles.
It seems that the Air Jordan releases 2018 will also include a brand new colorway of the Air Jordan 18 as well, which really is happening after a rather long time. Dubbed the “Gym Red,” this colorway appears to be comparatively more vibrant than the “Sport Royal.” It is uncertain whether the uppers will be made up of leather or suede since the above photo is not actually of the sneaker itself. Reports suggest that the Air Jordan 18 “Gym Red” will be predominantly dressed up in Gym Red, while Black-colored detailing will apparently be spotted throughout.
While their release dates are not officially confirmed, the Air Jordan 18 “Sport Royal” will likely arrive in January 2018, and the Air Jordan 18 “Gym Red” will hit the shelves in April 2018. Even though they will be available in different months, these two sneakers will apparently retail at the same price of $225.
Air Jordan 18 “Gym Red”
Release Date: April 2018
AA2494-601 | $225
Air Jordan 18 “Sport Royal”
White/Sport Royal-White-Metallic Silver
AA2494-106 | $225