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Jordan XVIII Black / Sport Royal

The XVIII are the last shoe that Jordan actually wore on the court. These shoes were released in February of 2003 while Jordan was playing for the Washington Wizards. This particular colorway fits nicely with the Wizards colorways hence the reason it was released as an Original Colorway. The XVIII was released in 3 Original Colorways and in 2 Low model colorways. The technical aspects of the shoe make it a very advanced shoe for basketball players.

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At first glance the shoe is almost seamless and only uses two pieces of suede leather to form the outer. You might notice that the laces are missing, the XVIII features a hidden quick lace system underneath the top tongue guard. This allows the player to tighten the shoes quickly and hide the laces behind the magnetized tongue. The shoe is very comfortable to wear and features a different shape than most traditional Jordans. The XVIII has quite a large footprint and is wider than most shoes giving the player great traction while still being comfortable.

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The shoes feature a carbon fiber plate on the insole for stability with a nylon interior that lets your foot breathe. The ankle of the shoes have vents on each side to ensure comfort. The shoes have influence from F1 racing cars with their carbon fiber technology, to racing shoes with the XVIII’s rubber heel wrap. The XVIII also came with a few accessories such as a towel and suede brush to care for the shoes.