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2018 has been a big year for Jordan Brand. Dropping classic pairs from the archives, collaborating with an international soccer club, continuing the Jordan signature line to 33, breaking the record for the largest single sneaker drop in industry history and much more. Now, as the year comes to an end, the Jumpman is looking to keep that energy rolling in to 2019. While so many classic colorways got released this year, we also saw a flurry of new ones inspired by Jordans history and others that commemorate JB athletes and friends of the brand.

The upper is constructed almost entirely of a Light Navy/Slate Grey suede and leather, with complimenting accents of bold Royal Blue hits on the midsole, heel tab, and throat’s neoprene cover. A Grey midsole and icy translucent outsole then round off the look. Made of premium leather with nubuck accents, the bold and simple style is topped off with an icy translucent outsole.

Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 6 ‘Diffused Blue’ on December 22nd at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.

Nike and LeBron James are continuing the Kings ever-popular signature line with the new Nike LeBron XVI ‘I’m King’. James has been very vocal about how this shoe is his favorite one to date from his line. LBJ and Nike Basketball are now sixteen shoes deep with his line and they only seem to be getting better year after year. Like his sneaker line, King James keeps evolving his game on the court, and using his platform to be more than just a basketball player, he’s changing the world where he can. Now, his newest shoe brings a fresh new look to the court and for the design, King James has once again teamed up with Nike designer, Jason Petrie, his long time friend and creator.

Dressed in a Black and Metallic Gold color scheme. This Nike LeBron 16 features a Black Battleknit upper with a matching heel piece. The shoe is accented with Metallic Gold, while having “I’M KING” debossed on the heel in bold lettering along with a Gold Crown printed on the insoles. Completing the theme is a Purple Dunkman logo on the heel of the outsole for a nice royal detail.

Pick up your pair of the Nike LeBron XVI ‘I’m King’ on December 15th at Finishline.com.

We’re well into the winter months and the lovely weather that comes with the season. If you’re one that loves to rock their retros year round but have to resort to a backup in the winter then Jordan Brand has you covered. You don’t want to mess up your prize pairs, sacrificing them to salt and snow, but you still want to have something fresh on your feet. It’s a difficult Catch-22 of sorts, and one that Jordan Brand is doing their part to solve with their new ‘Winter’ Air Jordan 12s. Back in October, Jordan dropped their first round of winterized Retros with multiple colorways of the Retro 9 that were built to withstand the weather.

Now, they’re dropping another winter-ready pair in the Air Jordan Retro 12 ‘Winter’. The all-black kicks feature a rubberized upper for maximum durability and resilience, while a terry cloth-lined collar ensures they’re extra-warm for the cold days as well. Just because they feature a toned-down colorway doesn’t mean that they’re skipping out on the detailing either, as the textured upper is accented by stitched panels, the AJ 12’s signature large mudguard, and tonal Jumpman branding on the tongue, throat, mid foot, and heel.

Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 12 ‘Winter’ on December 15th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.

For months, we’ve been seeing a new-look Air Jordan 1 in the classic ‘Chicago’ colorway floating around the internet and wondering what they could mean. It wasn’t until just last week that Jordan Brand broke the news that this release is going down in conjunction with the debut of the animated “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” movie and everyone’s favorite neighborhood vigilante. The shoes are featured on the film’s cover artwork.

The shoe comes dressed in a Chicago-like color scheme. Getting done up in a mix of Gym Red, Black, White, and Photo Blue on the sole, you could say the classic colorway gets a modern touch. It features a textured reflective upper paying homage to Miles Morales costume. An iridescent-styled Nike Air tongue label gives the shoe an OG-vibe, while sitting atop an icy sole. The spotted upper boasts reflective materials, contrasted by a Black ankle collar and mid-foot Swoosh that makes these super clean.

Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 1 High OG ‘Origin Story’ on December 14th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.

On May 7th, 1995 Michael Jordan stepped onto the hardwood for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magic. All eyes in the stadium and across the country from the people watching on tv were locked in on Jordan, not because of a highlight play, but because of the shoes he had on. Nearly two months had passed since Jordan ended his 17-month retirement. When he returned, he shocked the basketball universe by switching to No. 45, not the No. 23 he’d previously worn for his entire NBA career. The new number was what he rocked for the Birmingham Barons playing in baseball’s minor leagues. All the other players on the court were donning the traditional playoff look of all black sneakers but MJ was showing off the fresh, predominantly white ‘Concord’ Air Jordan 11s. The No. 45 was there as well, printed in white on the heels of each shoe to match the jersey he had on. From there the rest is history.

From that moment, sneaker lovers, Michael Jordan historians, and fans of the game have looked at the ‘Concord’ Air Jordan 11 differently. The shoe has been described as “absolute perfection in a sneaker”, “the holy grail” and much more because of its White, ballistic mesh upper and a shiny, elegant Black patent leather wrap that was unlike anything that’d ever been seen on a sneaker. Then when good friend of Michael Jordan, Ahmad Rashad, decided to do a small feature on the patent leather shoes during the nationally broadcasted game, it sent the newly-forming sneaker community into a frenzy. There haven’t been too many moments like that since. Outside June 14th, 1998 (if you don’t know what happened that date, then do some searching), I can’t think of any athlete truly shocking the world with an unknown sneaker.

Since the debut in 1995, the ‘Concord’ Jordan 11 has released twice in 2000 and 2011. This years release is unlike the previous ones, as Jordan Brand goes back to ’95 with this version. These are as OG as it can get with a pair of Jordans. Swapping out the 23 on the heel for 45 like MJ’s pair, all the shoe’s iconic details are featured, from the striking Black patent leather mudguard to the White mesh upper. Finally, the colorway is topped off with a translucent outsole that’s rounded out by subtle Concord Purple hits on the tongue and bottom.

Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 11 ‘Concord’ on December 8th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.

Enter your name in the raffle to reserve your pair! Reservations Close on Monday Morning on December 3rd.

Back in 1995, Jordan Brand dropped a collection of five Air Jordan 10’s that were called the ‘City Pack’. The five shoes represented the cities of New York, Sacramento, Orlando, Chicago, and Seattle. All the teams in these cities are notable for the times MJ battled with them throughout his career. You may remember that back in 2016 JB dropped a different city collection that was made up of eight cities, some new and old; New York, Charlotte, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Shanghai, Paris and Rio. Now, Jordan is dropping an OG pair from the 1995 collection that sneakerheads have been wanting to get their hands on.

The Air Jordan Retro 10 ‘Orlando’ has become a classic over the years. One of the most notable facts about the shoe is that MJ never played in it but an opponent of his, Nick Anderson, wore them during Michael Jordan’s first retirement as a player exclusive. Coming dressed in an Orlando Magic color scheme that is too clean, you’ll have a hard time passing. The shoe comes covered in a White leather upper with Black and Royal accents placed on the tongue, eyestay, ankle, heel, inner liner, midsole, outsole, and branding.

Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 10 ‘Orlando’ on December 1st at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.

It wasn’t long ago that any all red sneaker would sell out instantly and get tagged with the ‘Red October’ name. Kicks were dropping one after another in the infamous color scheme and lately it has slowed down. Now, Jordan Brand is decking out the Retro 12 model in an allover Gym Red and Black colorway that would have looked so good on Mike while he was playing. With many silhouettes releasing in a heap of earth tones, the upcoming release is a refreshing addition to the holiday season, ushering in luxe materials that don the all red scheme. A sultry nubuck accompanies a reptilian-esque mudguard while metal hardware is added to complete the overall premium aesthetic, and although the all-red look may be a figment of past trends, it has always been well received.

Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 12 ‘Gym Red’ on November 24th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.

The Nike Air Max 97 is a staple in the sneaker world and many peoples rotations. When the Nike Air Max 97 debuted with visible Air Max in the heel and forefoot, stylish lines, and bold color options, they were a top choice for sneaker enthusiasts and casual wearers alike, and nearly 20 years later is still a major people pleaser. If you’ve been paying attention then you’ve noticed that the last couple of years have been huge for the 97 and they only seem to be getting better.

Now, Nike is dropping two premium pairs that feature the addition of new pull-tabs, miniature Swooshes, and bold Nike branding on its throat. Those changes are propelled to the forefront on this particular colorway that sports primarily Black and White with quick hits of Varsity Red mixed in for a touch of flavor. “Air Max” can be seen brazenly added to its new-look heel, tongue, and throat tabs while a brand new check gets added to its stark mudguard. The second pair is done up in a striking ‘Blue Hero’ color scheme with its branding given a seriously thick upgrade on its midfoot, heel strap, and added tongue detailing.

Grab your pair of these Nike Air Max 97’s on November 21st at Finishline.com.

After its initial run in the 1990s, the Swoosh Brand’s Air Max Deluxe was stowed away in Nike’s expansive archive with little to no releases ever hitting shelves. Now, in the sneaker industry’s incredibly maximalist culture, the Deluxe is enjoying a resurgent campaign due to its wildly boisterous shell. Its head-turning upper allows for immense color blocking capabilities, while its Air Max 97-inspired sole unit keeps its fundamentally rooted with NSW’s signature aesthetic. Those whimsical, head-turning graphics on its shell-like upper are back, with a combination of Enamel Green, Metallic Silver, Obsidian, and Bright pink. Finally, a White midsole featuring Air Max cushioning with Pink for the interior and a Black/White rubber outsole tops it all off.

Grab your pairs of the Nike Air Max Deluxe ‘Enamel Green’ on November 20th at Finishline.com.