Air Jordan XVIII
The Jordan XVIII was laced with plenty of extra features, much like the XVII—a permanent lace cover, the first Jordan drawer box, and tread patterns for speed. The XVIII also released in low-cut versions for $25 less, appealing to players who wanted less restraint on the court. Designer Tate Kuerbis was influenced by high-end dress shoes which was evident in the pristine stitching and clean upper. It even came with a suede cleaning brush and towel.
In '03 Jordan returned to the form we were used to, relying more on smart baseline moves and body control versus flying over everyone like he did in the '80s and '90s. Mike was also elected to the 2003 All-Star squad and drained his signature fall-away jumper over Shawn Marion in the corner for what appeared to be the game winner and a capper for his illustrious career highlight film. Unfortunately, Jermaine O’Neal fouled Kobe shooting a three with a couple seconds left and the West stole the victory in overtime. The Wizards failed to make the playoffs and Jordan ended his NBA career for good (we think) on April 16, 2003 in Philadelphia.