Our verdict


The AJ XII Retro Low gets the job done on and off the court. Its materials, cushioning, traction, fit, lockdown, and support all work as expected. However, bigger players who need more ankle support may want to consider getting the high-tops instead. The Air Jordan Retro XII Low is simply a great product that can satisfy your on- and off-court needs.


  • Highly fashionable
  • Great wearability
  • Good on all courts
  • Lightweight shoe
  • Remarkable court response
  • Impressive impact protection


  • Runs narrow
  • Requires longer break-in period
  • Lacks ventilation

Who should wear the Air Jordan 12 Retro Low

Michael was wearing his now iconic Air Jordan 12 during his legendary “Flu Game” performance. These luxuriously crafted basketball shoes take inspiration from the Japanese war flag and were the first set of Air Jordans to feature full-length Zoom Air cushioning.

This pair is perfect for you if:

  • You're a light and agile player, and you're looking into the enhancement of your performance with this pair.
  • You're an Air Jordan fan, and a retro lover. You can never go aesthetically wrong with this combo.

Air Jordan 12 Retro Low logo back

Air Jordan's outstanding midsole

The Air Jordan Retro 12 Low has the same cushioning setup as the high-top version. It also boasts a full-length Zoom Air unit that is embedded in a Phylon midsole carrier.

Air Jordan 12 Retro Low midsole

This low-profile cushioning setup offers superior comfort.  A carbon fiber spring plate improves the Zoom Air bag’s overall responsiveness.

Air Jordan 12 Retro Low midsole heel

Powerful outsole of Air Jordan 12 Retro Low

The outsole of the Air Jordan 12 Retro Low is made of durable rubber and features a herringbone traction pattern.

Air Jordan 12 Retro Low outsole

This traction pattern has an unbeatable on-court grip on any surface.

Air Jordan 12 Retro Low outsole heel

Firm secure lockdown

The Air Jordan XII Retro Low’s quick lacing system locks the foot firmly in place while the carbon fiber shank offers lateral support and midfoot stability.

Air Jordan 12 Retro Low lockdown

Air Jordan's sturdy construction

The upper of the Air Jordan 12 Retro Low is constructed with either full-grain leather, durabuck, nubuck, or suede. This model offers durable comfort and a supportive fit.

Air Jordan 12 Retro Low upper

Air Jordan 12 Retro Low's super style

Originally, the Air Jordan 12’s striking design takes inspiration from a 19th-century women’s cleat and the Japanese war flag. In 2004, Jordan Brand would go on and released a low-top version of these classic basketball shoes.

Air Jordan 12 Retro Low style

Staying true to the original, the Air Jordan 12 Retro Low’s upper features stitching that resembles the rays of the rising sun. These low-top basketball shoes also have a lizard-inspired print on the leather overlays.

Air Jordan 12 Retro Low forefoot

Jordan branding includes a Jumpman logo and a unique “TWO 3” on the tongue.