Back in 2001, Michael Jordan returned to the NBA from retirement for the second time, but this time as a member of the Washington Wizards rather than the Chicago Bulls. Prior to retiring for good back in 2003, Michael Jordan laced up in the Air Jordan 16, 17 and 18 on the hardwood during that period. The Air Jordan 18, more specifically its original “Royal” colorway, was the final Air Jordan pair that he rocked on an NBA court. That particular OG colorway joined this year’s initial Air Jordan release 2018. Having made its comeback after 15 years, theAir Jordan 18 is arriving in another original colorway.
How Was The Air Jordan 18 Designed?
The colorway that is featured here was the first one of the model to make its retail debut. It actually came in a drawer-style box, which also contained a suede brush and a towel. It was Tate Kuerbis, Nike’s Senior Designer, who designed the Air Jordan 18. He drew inspiration from bespoke dress shoes, driving shoes and luxury cars. Like its predecessor, its laces were also hidden, but this time fixed flaps with magnetic snaps were added, which were designed to stick to its tongues. Furthermore, its metallic mesh windows were designed to have wing-shaped vents that made the Air Jordan 18 more breathable.
The Air Jordan 18 “Sport Royal”
Although not technically the first colorway of the Air Jordan 18, the “Sport Royal” was its first colorway to hit the shelves, as mentioned. For the very first time, retro colorways of the model joined this year’s Air Jordan releases 2018, but this one is obviously a returning original one. It is a nearly all-Black iteration, with uppers mostly made up of premium suede, with the exception of its tumbled leather tongues. Of course, it gets its nickname from the Sport Royal Blue hue that covers its inner lining and soles. In addition to the metallic upper lace stays, Metallic Silver also appears over the “Jumpman” and “23” branding.
Overall, the Air Jordan 18 is a very well-made sneaker that surpasses in terms of performance on a basketball court due its carbon fiber plates and full, double-stacked Zoom bag in the heel of each sole. Based on earlier reports, you can expect the Air Jordan 18 “Sport Royal” to return to retail shelves on October 25th, 2018 and be available at a price of $225.
Air Jordan 18 “Sport Royal”
Black/Metallic Silver-Sport Royal
Release Date: October 25th, 2018
AA2494-007 | $225