Two of Jordan Brand‘s upcoming Air Jordan releases, one of 2018 and the other of 2019, will both be made of patent leather. Patent leather is generally recognized as one of the signature elements of Air Jordan 11 colorways, such the “Concord” that recently made its comeback and the “Bred” colorway return next year. As of lately though, the glassy material has been making an appearance over the Air Jordan 1 and other models. For instance, the friends–and–family–excusive version of the SoleFly x Air Jordan 1 “Art Basel Miami” was made up of patent leather. Now, the Jordan Legacy 312 and Air Jordan 1 will feature patent leather too.
The Air Jordan 1 colorway inspired by Michael Jordan‘s Sports Illustrated cover from 1984 will be among December’s Air Jordan releases 2018. Michael Jordan did some exceptional and remarkable things during his rookie season as a member of the Chicago Bulls. Back in May 1985, the NBA even named him the Rookie of the Year. This year, Jordan Brand even released an Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Rookie of the Year” colorway on November 17th, 2018. It drew inspiration from the shirt Michael Jordan wore during his acceptance speech. Jordan Brand again drew inspiration from his rookie season for this upcoming Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG colorway.
One of the upcoming Air Jordan releases 2018 will make its retail debut next month during the 2018 Art Basel. The week of the annual Art Basel is known to create a lot buzz in the city of Basel in Switzerland. This four-day event celebrates artistic talent, creativity and talent, and prominent figures from the art world attend it every year. This year marks the 49th annual edition of Art Basel, which is scheduled to run from December 6th to 9th, 2018. Jordan Brand and SoleFly have also teamed to design something ‘artistic’ in the form of an Air Jordan 1 rendition, which will be released during Art Basel.
While not a part of the upcoming Air Jordan releases 2018, The Shoe Surgeon‘s latest custom creation draws inspiration from Japanese art. Not too long ago, Dominic Chambrone a.k.a. The Shoe Surgeon designed the Air Mars Jordan 1, which incorporated the design concepts of the Tom Sachs x Nike Mars Yard shoes into the Air Jordan 1. A limited number of pairs were available at a price of $1,800 at the REIGN x 10 Corso Como New York location at 1 Fulton Street. The Shoe Surgeon is back with another Air Jordan 1 custom, this time using the OFF-White x Air Jordan 1 as the base.
The classic and iconic “Chicago” colorway returns one of Jordan Brand’s latest Air Jordan releases 2018 but with as a slight variation. Back in 1984 when Michael Jordan began his professional basketball career, Reebok had actually surpassed Nike as the number one footwear and sportswear brand. Hence, it was signing Michael Jordan and the debut of the Air Jordan 1 in 1985 that brought Nike back on top. In fact, it is the Air Jordan 1 that gave rise to the “sneaker culture” we recognize today. 33 years later, Jordan Brand is set to release a variation of one of the most classic Air Jordan 1 colorways.
One of Jordan Brand‘s upcoming Air Jordan releases 2018 has not even debuted yet but has already made its way in the resale market. Usually, it takes a while until a recently released Air Jordan colorway surfaces on the resale market. Sneaker resellers generally have to wait until the colorway has officially hit the shelves and purchase it in bulk in order to resell it later at higher prices. However, that does not seem to be the case here. The official release of the Air Jordan 1 “Rookie Of The Year” is literally just around the corner but it is already available on StockX, a deadstock and resale platform.
Nike‘s latest collection celebrating the opening of its new flagship store includes one of the latest Air Jordan releases 2018. Nike’s “House of Innovation 000” in New York City brings together the digital and physical realms of retail. This new “cross-category premium” store, which is located at 650 Fifth Avenue, is a six-storey building, with each level covering a space of 68,000 square feet. Its grand opening is taking place on November 15th, and it will remain open between 10 AM and 8 PM every day. In commemoration, Nike has put together a “Noise Cancelling” Collection comprising of five sneaker models, one of which is the Air Jordan 1 High.