Who should buy the Air Jordan 18 Retro

The Air Jordan 18 was originally released in February 2003 at $175. Inspired by Formula 1 racing cars and designed by Wilson Smith III, this Black/Sport Royal release comes with a slide box, a driver’s manual, a towel, and a brush. On April 16, 2003, after 15 NBA seasons, Michael Jordan took his final bow wearing the Black-Sport Royal colorway in a match between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Washington Wizards.

You'd have this pair if:

  • Yo're grand on the best kind of comfort on the court to support your explosive performance.
  • You're an Air Jordan fanatic, and you couldn't get enough of this retro style in suede.

Air Jordan 18 Retro logo

Air Jordan 18 Retro's enhanced midsole setup

The Air Jordan 18 Retro features a full-length Zoom Air unit in the midsole. The heel has a double-stacked Zoom unit similar to those in the Nike Air Foamposite One and Nike Air Foamposite Pro. This setup provides beyond imaginable comfort for wearers.

Air Jordan 18 Retro midsole side

Michael Jordan was nearing his third and last retirement when the shoe came out, and he needed more cushioning than ever to protect his muscles and joints. Therefore, the removable insole has carbon fiber for additional support. This setup is considered rare in basketball shoes.

Air Jordan 18 Retro insole

Supreme outsole of Air Jordan 18 Retro

When it comes to ensuring no-fail traction, the herringbone pattern is a definite winner. The Air Jordan 18 Retro delivers maximum court control and grip because of the wavy herringbone on its outsole.

Air Jordan 18 Retro outsole

With a carbon fiber shank at the midfoot, stability is ensured for lateral and linear footwork.

Air Jordan 18 Retro midfoot

Stable and secure lockdown

Quick athletes like guards need complete lockdown and stability. The Air Jordan Retro 18 has the traditional lacing system beneath a leather shroud that comes with a magnetic strip.

Air Jordan 18 Retro lace

The rounded heel and rubber heel counter help with stability and foot containment.

Air Jordan 18 Retro heel counter

18 Retro's upper construction

Depending on the colorway, the upper of the Air Jordan 18 Retro is made of either leather or suede. The tongue is made of wired mesh for ventilation.

Air Jordan 18 Retro collar

There are two plastic eyelets on each side of the top of the midfoot for a customized fit. The side panels have air vents to provide additional breathability.

Air Jordan 18's cool retro style

The sleek and elegant mid-top silhouette of the Air Jordan 18 Retro is inspired by an Italian car. The aglets are made of chrome-tip plastic that is styled with Jumpman logos. The heel counter features a tire-like pattern. The Jumpman logos are found on the midfoot and outsole. The “JORDAN” callouts are strategically placed on the heel and the underside of the midfoot shroud.

Air Jordan 18 Retro style heel

The minimalistic and clean design of the Air Jordan 18 Retro looks great with skinny jeans or short pants exposing the upper of the shoe.

Air Jordan 18 Retro style top

Facts / Specs

Weight: 483g
Top: Mid
Signature: Michael Jordan
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Air Jordan
Features: Retro / Ankle support
Colorways: White / Red / Orange / Black / Yellow / Blue

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.