Facts

  • Top

    High-Top

    Basketball sneakers that rise well above the ankle to keep sprints and jumps stable and well-supported. You sure can fly high when you have high-top basketball shoes to tie.

    Mid-Top

    Basketball sneakers that rise just up to where the ankles are. Providing support and flexibility so fine, mid-top basketball shoes surely hold the line.

    Low-Top

    Basketball shoes that leave the ankles exposed for a better range of motion. Be flexible with your blows, get basketball shoes that are low.

  • Signature

    Good to know

    Some basketball shoes embody the athleticism and symbolize the life of certain on-court legends. Hooping will surely be fine when you get kicks from their signature lines.

  • Lockdown
    Lace-Up

    Strap

    Hoop shoes that drop the traditional laces in favor of velcro straps for better efficiency. Secure strap basketball shoes, and have them in various hues.

    Lace-Up

    Basketball shoes that stick with the good old laces for that familiar security and lockdown. Get lace-up basketball shoes to tie because they never go out of style.

    Slip-On

    Basketball shoes with uppers that provide a glove-like fit without the help of any lockdown mechanism. Do nothing but go in with slip-on basketball shoes .

    Good to know

    Some basketball shoes combine the powers of more than one lockdown styles for an improved fit and a much more stable ride. Get more bases covered with these basketball shoes.

  • Price
    $175
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Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The majority of users find the quality of the leather upper to be topnotch.
  • Cushioning and traction are the highlights of the Jordan 13 Retro Low.
  • Many consider the Air Jordan 13 Retro Low as “one of the most comfortable Jordans besides the Jordan 12.” The shoe is comfortable as it is, but it is enhanced by the presence of a sock liner.
  • A couple of wearers say that the shoe’s traction gets better the longer it gets used.
  • Several players love the appearance of these Jordan basketball shoes, calling them “head turners.”
  • Although the shoe uses a cheaper leather material on the toe box, a few reviewers like it better since it doesn’t crease as much as the original and makes the shoe a bit more durable.
  • A lot of users actually play basketball in these nostalgic collectible sneakers.

9 reasons not to buy

  • Some players say that the traction will need some breaking in since the herringbone is recessed.
  • A few users say that the materials of some colorways look cheap, adding that the quality of the materials vary per colorway.
  • One commenter feels that although the shoe looks great, it is too pricey.
  • Several shoe owners think that the “toe box's quality throws off the whole shoe.”
  • A couple of players say that they experience a little heel slippage in the AJ 13 lows.
  • Two users remark that the Ortholite insole takes away from the responsive feeling of Zoom Air units.
  • Many shoe owners complain about the craftsmanship on some of the Jordan 13’s, saying that there were so much glue stains on some of their models.
  • A number of wearers notice that the Zoom Air unit is thinner on the retro version than on the original model.
  • Due to the polyurethane coating on the leather material, the midsole separates easily from the upper, shares one of the expert reviewers.

Bottom line

Usually, old Air Jordan shoes are considered more as nostalgic collectibles than on-court performers due to their high prices. The Jordan 13 Retro Low, however, is a sleek-looking basketball sneaker that testers actually recommend for hooping. Its midsole provides ample protection and responsiveness while its traction is grippy after some break-in time.

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90 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | The Sole Brothers

    If you're a retro guy and you want to play ball in them, and you want to actually have a good performance shoe, get the 13. It's really nice.

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Profile of 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.

Performance

Cushion. The shoe has a full-length Phylon midsole that encapsulates two Zoom Air units, one at the forefoot and another at the heel. Both units offer bouncy responsiveness and protection from impact upon landing. Comfort is brought to another level by the Ortholite sock liner.

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

Fit

Length and Width. Although a number of wearers report that the shoe runs true to size, several others say that they feel some dead space in the toe area. To get the best fit, it is recommended to try the shoe on in your local shoe store.

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.

Material

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.

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.

Style

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.

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.

Special Colorways of the Air Jordan 13 Retro Low

The Air Jordan XIII Retro Low has more than ten colorways available. These models feature the following colors: navy, chutney, white, red, university blue, black, and maize.

Jordan Brand-sponsored universities such as UNC, Michigan, Marquette, and California were also provided with special edition colorways for the 2017 March Madness.

Original Air Jordan 13 Low colorways:

  • Black/Chutney ‘Chutney’
  • Navy/Metallic Silver–Black–Carolina Blue ‘Navy’

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low releases:

  • Black/Dark Grey-White-Chrome ‘Quai 54’
  • Black/Metallic Gold-University Red-White ‘Bred’
  • Brave Blue/Metallic Silver-White ‘Brave Blue’
  • Black/Metallic Silver-White-Varsity Maize
  • White/Metallic Silver-Black-Varsity Maize
  • White/Metallic Silver-Midnight Navy-Ceramic ‘Ceramic’
  • White/Metallic Silver-Midnight Navy-Ice Blue
  • White/Metallic Silver-Midnight Navy-Turquoise-Blue ‘Hornets’
  • White/Metallic Silver-Obsidian-Orange Flash
  • White/Metallic Silver-Varsity Red-Black
  • White/Pure Platinum-Metallic Silver ‘Pure Platinum’
  • Women’s Low White/Metallic Silver-Univerity Blue-Pink ‘University Blue’

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low Mike Bibby PE

In 2005, Jordan Brand paid tribute to the 1985-1986 Sacremento Kings with a PE colorway of the Air Jordan 13 Low for Mike Bibby. Made to match the classic uniform of the Kings, the ‘Throwback Kings Night’ PE features a predominantly black tumbled leather upper with powder blue accents around the shoe’s trim. On the tongue, a red Jumpman logo completes the hardwood classics-inspired theme.

A pair of this PE colorway made its way to eBay in 2015. It came in size 12 and had a $6,000 price tag.

Air Jordan 13 Retro Low ‘Quai 54’

This limited-edition Air Jordan 13 Low was launched at select Foot Locker Europe locations. The ‘Quai 54’ boasts a black upper made of mesh and tumbled leather. Finishing off the silhouette is a unique graphic that wraps around the midsole and heel panel.