Air Jordan 18: 2002–2003
Jordan Brand released the Air Jordan 18 in 2003 and this turned out to be the last pair Michael Jordan wore on the court since he retired soon after, for good, due to his knees giving way and after losing to the 76ers.
Tate Kuerbis, the Senior Footwear Designer of Jordan Brand, designed Jordan 18 . Since 1999, Kuerbis had been a part of the Jordan Brand design team and before that he was with Nike. Tate Kuerbis designed this pair after seeking inspiration from numerous things such as carbon fiber-based monocoque featured by F1 race cars and sleek lines as seen on exotic automobiles.
Moreover, the rubber heel wrap was inspired from race car driving shoes and the soles featured bold stitching, which was inspired from fine Italian dress shoes.
Even though the Comfort Control Plate and one-piece upper featured by Jordan 18 were quite innovative, it made many wonder how the pair would surpass the briefcase that its predecessor came with. However, the new Jordan box the Air Jordan XVIII came in did not disappoint. A nice “18” cut out was featured on the box with a foil beneath it with a pull-out drawer opening for the very first time.
Finally, a retro Black/Varsity Red colorway of Jordan 18 was released in 2008 as a part of the Collezione Package.
Release Date: August 23rd, 2008
332565-991 | $310
Release Date: November 15th, 2003
White/Chrome-University Blue-Metallic Silver
Release Date: September 6th, 2003
306151-104 | $150
Release Date: August 9th, 2003
305869-161 | $175
Release Date: May 31st, 2003
306151-001 | $150
Release Date: April 5th, 2003
305869-101 | $175
Release Date: February 8th, 2003
305869-041 | $175