The Best Sneakers of 2018

This year's best sneakers include the Air Jordan XI, Sean Wotherspoon x Nike Air Max 1/97, Off-White x Air Jordan, Travis Scott x Air Jordan IV and more.

Another year in the books means yet another heated debate over which sneakers stole the show over the last 12 months. After the ComplexCon(versations) panel hashed out their list in Long Beach last month, it’s time to take a closer look as we revisit the top drops of 2018.

As is often the case of late, collaborations dominated the scene, with everyone from Virgil Abloh and Jerry Lorenzo to Diamond Supply and Union Los Angeles getting a chance to drop projects with Nike and Jordan Brand. But it wasn’t just about rarity in 2018. While one of the year’s biggest drops, the Nike React Element 87, wasn’t quite a general release, it was accessible enough that people who wanted it could pick up a pair without too much hassle. Meanwhile, Jordan Brand retroed what are arguably two of the most important sneakers in its entire archive: the “Black/Cement” Air Jordan 3 and the “Concord” Air Jordan 11.

Take a look back at which sneakers stood out the most in a highly competitive year below.

10. Air Jordan XI “Concord”

Air Jordan XI Concord

9. Adidas Yeezy 500

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8. Diamond Supply Co. x Nike SB Dunk Low “Canary”

Nike SB Dunk Low "Canary"

7. Off-White x Air Jordan 1 “White”

Off White x Air Jordan 1

6. Air Jordan III “Black/Cement” 

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5. Nike Air Fear of God 1

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4. Travis Scott x Air Jordan IV

Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 IV Oilers Release Date 308497 406

3. Union x Air Jordan 1

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2. Sean Wotherspoon x Nike Air Max 1/97

Sean Wotherspoon x Nike Air Max 1/97 Release Date AJ4219 400

1. Nike React Element 87

Nike React Element 87

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