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Top: High
Signature: Michael Jordan
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Price: $190
Weight: 16.4oz
Colorways: Black, Red, Blue, Purple, White, Multi, Grey, Green, Beige, Brown
Size
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A top rated basketball shoe
Top 8% most popular basketball shoes
It has never been more popular than this November

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83 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    This is probably one of the most solid shoes.

  • 85 / 100 | Hoop And Life | | Level 5 expert

    The Air Jordan 12s are still, by far, the best and my favorite hoop shoe in the Jordan line.

  • 85 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    If you need a shoe with Retro style, great traction, awesome cushion, good materials, nice fit and plenty of support then the Air Jordan XII will give you what you need. It’s nice to see – and feel – evolution and the Air Jordan XII is just that. The Air Jordan line evolved quite a bit in a short amount of time… that’s pretty incredible… especially seeing as how the Air Jordan XII can outperform some of today’s performance models.

  • 75 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    If you need a shoe with Retro style, great traction, awesome cushion, good materials, nice fit and plenty of support then the Air Jordan XII will give you what you need.

  • 85 / 100 | HoopJordan | | Level 3 expert

    Overall, this is a one of my favorite sneakers.

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In the face of adversity, Michael Jordan put up a heroic performance en route to his fifth NBA Championship when he was able to lead his Chicago Bulls to a crucial Game 5 win against the Utah Jazz in the 1997 NBA Finals. He finished the game with 38 points, seven rebounds, and five assists while suffering from a 103-degree fever.

Famed as the “Flu Game” shoe, the Air Jordan XII Retro has become an all-time favorite among sneakerheads and players alike. Its superior construction has also earned it the reputation of being one the most durable Air Jordans ever made.

These classic Air Jordan basketball shoes are made of premium and synthetic leathers that offer a luxurious look. It features a carbon fiber shank that increases responsiveness while a full-length Air sole unit cushions your every step.

Cushion. The Air Jordan 12 Retro features a full-length Zoom Air bag that offers lightweight cushioning.

The Zoom Air unit is embedded in a Phylon carrier to keep the feet completely comfortable. A carbon fiber spring plate enhances responsiveness.

Traction. These retro Air Jordan basketball shoes have a durable rubber outsole that features a herringbone traction pattern for increased grip on any surface.

Aside from enhancing the responsiveness of the Zoom Air unit, the carbon fiber shank plate also offers ideal support when performing medial and lateral movements.

These retro Air Jordan basketball shoes also feature a quick lacing system that secures the foot firmly into the footbed.

Depending on the colorway, the Air Jordan XII Retro’s upper is either made of leather or supple suede.

Perforations along the leather offer breathability while overlays throughout the upper add durability.

Similar to Michael’s very own style, the Air Jordan 12’s design expresses striking elegance.   These basketball shoes take inspiration from the Japanese rising sun flag called Nisshoki and a women’s dress cleat from the 19th century.

The overlays feature a lizard print design while stitching on the upper resembles sun rays. Completing the shoe’s signature look is the unique “TWO 3” stitched on the tongue.

With its iconic silhouette and the narrative behind it, the Air Jordan Retro 12 has transcended the hardwood and has become a streetwear staple.

The five original colorways of the Air Jordan 12 are White/Black-Taxi, White/Varsity Red-Black, Obsidian/White-French Blue, Black/Varsity Red, and Black/Varsity Red-White-Metallic Silver.

Since being retroed in 2003, 2009, and 2016, these Air Jordan basketball shoes have reached over 20 colorways including popular ones such as Nubuck, Flu Game, Bordeaux, Taxi, Obsidian, French Blue, Playoff, Rising Sun, Wings, Wolf Grey, and a women’s edition called UNC.

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