Who should buy the Air Jordan 13 Retro Low

The Jordan XIII’s entire concept is based on Tinker Hatfield’s epiphany as he watched the legendary Michael Jordan playing like a feline - “powerful, instinctive and predatory.” Hatfield took the concept of the “Black Cat” and transformed it into the Air Jordan 13. You should have this pair because:

  • You're a feline lover and Michael Jordan superfan.
  • You'd want to don a legendary and classic model, that you can actually play in, and not only wear casually.

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low logo

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low's midsole technologies

The shoe has a full-length Phylon midsole that encapsulates two Zoom Air units, one at the forefoot and another at the heel. 

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low midsole

Both units offer bouncy responsiveness and protection from impact upon landing. Comfort is brought to another level by the Ortholite sock liner.

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low midsole back

Outstanding outsole setup

A classic herringbone pattern is featured on the Jordan 13 Retro Low’s outsole. The pattern, however, is segmented into pods.

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low outsole

The design of the outsole and midsole is inspired by a panther’s paw, and at the same time, is also made to take the shape of the user’s foot. The flex grooves on the outsole allow more natural flexibility.

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low forefoot

Secure stable lockdown

The Jordan 13 Low’s tight fit will improve after breaking it in as the shoe will then conform to the foot, resulting in a much more secure lockdown. The shoe also has a carbon flight plate that adds stability when the laces are tightened.

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low lockdown

Air Jordan 13 Retro's solid construction

The shoe’s upper material varies depending on the colorway; some colorways feature suede while  some have textile that is weaved with a reflective 3M strand. However, the most popular colorway has an upper that is made of polyurethane-coated split grain leather. The shoe’s toe box is made of a synthetic leather material that doesn’t crease easily, maintaining the shoe’s look.

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low upper

A carbon fiber flight plate is found in the midfoot of the Phylon midsole, while two Zoom Air units provide low-profile cushioning. The shoe is upped in terms of its ability to provide comfort by its Ortholite sock liner.

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low collar

Elegant and stylish Air Jordan 13 Retro Low

Inspired by the “Black Cat” alter ego of Michael Jordan, the Jordan 13 Low’s silhouette looks classy with its leather upper material. The leather’s texture gives it its primal, beast-like qualities. The colorways that use reflective 3M threads on its upper mimic the reflective qualities of feline fur.

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low style

The outsole features a holographic eye with a Jumpman logo inside. This detail represents a panther’s eye. Two other Jumpmans can be found on the upper: a metallic one is on the heel and a stitched one is on the tongue.

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low logo outsole

Facts / Specs

Base model: Air Jordan 13 Retro
Top: Low
Signature: Michael Jordan
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Air Jordan
Features: Retro
Colorways: Blue / Black / White / Orange

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

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.