Verdict from 1 expert and 51 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Many buyers are very happy with the Air Jordan 12 Retro Low. They are saying that it is one of the best retro Air Jordans ever made.
  • These Air Jordan basketball shoes are highly fashionable, nearly all wearers praise. It has a sleek and clean look that can be matched with just about anything.
  • According to most users, the Air Jordan Retro XII Low is extremely comfortable to wear. They assert that it feels like they are walking on air.
  • A good number of reviewers are reporting that these Air Jordan basketball shoes fit remarkably well. They advise going true to size.
  • A few purchasers are really impressed that these retro basketball shoes can withstand a beating.
  • Whether wood or concrete, several users observe that these basketball shoes provide good traction. Dust is not really an issue; a quick wipe, and it is good to go.
  • Despite its bulky appearance, the Air Jordan Retro 12 Low feels unusually light according to a small number of players.
  • Almost all testers are impressed with the cushioning setup. They are saying that it offers remarkable court response and impact protection.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Several players observe that the Air Jordan 12 Retro Low is narrow at the forefoot. They are complaining that the tight fit gives them blisters.
  • According to a few wearers, these retro Michael Jordan basketball shoes are stiff at first and takes a while to break in.
  • Some users are commenting that the Air Jordan Retro 12 Low is bulky, heavy, and clunky. Players have the same comments about the sixteenth Nike LeBron.
  • More than a handful of purchasers declare that these retro basketball shoes are not breathable and are a bit uncomfortable to wear.

Bottom line

Just like the high-top Air Jordan 12, 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. You just can’t go wrong with this pair of retro Air Jordans.

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Good to know

On his way to a fifth NBA Championship, Michael Jordan was enduring flu-like symptoms during Game 5 of the 1997 Finals. Exhausted and dehydrated, he battled through a 103-degree fever and was able to push himself and his Chicago Bulls to a pivotal win against the Utah Jazz.

"This was a heroic effort, one to add to the collection of efforts that make up his legend." then Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson said after the game.

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.

Cushion. 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.

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

Traction. The outsole of the Air Jordan 12 Retro Low is made of durable rubber and features a herringbone traction pattern. This traction pattern has an unbeatable on-court grip on any surface.

Length and Width. These retro Air Jordan basketball shoes reportedly run true to size. However, it is still best to try these shoes in-store since a number of wearers are saying that it runs slightly long and narrow.

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.

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

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 release a low-top version of these classic basketball shoes.

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.

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

Since its initial run in 2004, the Air Jordan 12 Retro Low has returned with fresh colorways while staying true to its rich heritage.

Air Jordan 12 Retro Low colorways:

  • Black/Max Orange-Anthracite-Metallic Silver ‘Max Orange’
  • Black/Varsity Red
  • Black/White-Varsity Red ‘Playoffs’
  • Obsidian/University Blue-White
  • White/Black-Taxi ‘Taxi’
  • Wolf Grey/Armory Navy-Electrolime ‘Wolf Grey’ aka ‘Georgetown’
  • Women’s Low White/Real Pink-Metallic Silver


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Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.