Who should buy the Air Jordan 14 Retro

This basketball shoe is a great match for you if:

  • You are after a shoe that delivers superb comfort and support throughout the game
  • You want a pair with reliable traction that is perfect for outdoor courts

Air Jordan 14 Retro logo

Who should not buy the Air Jordan 14 Retro

Many basketball players mentioned that this shoe is quite heavy; you can check out lightweight shoes such as the Air Jordan 12 Retro. You can also opt for Jordan Why Not Zer0.4 as this pair provides sufficient breathability.

Air Jordan 14 Retro shoe midsole

Great traction on clean courts

Thanks to its herringbone traction pattern, many players attested that the Air Jordan 14 Retro works well on indoor and outdoor courts, allowing them to play smoothly on any type of surface.

Air Jordan 14 Retro outsole

However, some complained about how the outsole rubber of the Air Jordan 14 Retro needs constant wiping to grip court floors well.

Short break-in time needed

Most users mention that the leather upper turns out to be soft and comfortable after a short break-in time. 

Air Jordan 14 Retro collar

Feel the court

Several verified buyers praised the midsole of this pair for providing a great court feel, brought by the shoe's Zoom units.

Air Jordan 14 Retro side

Durable for intense plays and rough surfaces

Some Air Jordan 14 Retro owners left comments that the leather upper is durable enough to last a season of games with intense plays. A good number of purchasers also claim that even when used for outdoor play, the outsole rubber of the Air Jordan 14 Retro still did not wear out easily.

Air Jordan 14 Retro toebox

Superb comfort...

Basketball players commented that the Air Jordan 14 Retro is super comfortable on their feet, which allows them to just focus on winning.

Air Jordan 14 Retro back

...but not as breezy as you think

However, a handful of owners mentioned that the Air Jordan 14 lacks ventilation. The upper of the Air Jordan 14 Retro is made of leather. It has leather overlays for flexibility and added durability. Instead of a rubber outrigger, the signature shoe has EVA foam on the sides for lateral support.

Air Jordan 14 Retro lacing

Impressive midsole technology

The responsiveness of the Air Jordan 14 Retro comes from the full-length Phylon midsole with Air units at the forefoot and heel. The Air unit at the forefoot provides a low-to-the-ground feel for quick cuts and crosses. As for the one at the heel, it absorbs impact. The Thermo polyurethane torsional plate completes the setup by providing a smooth heel-to-toe transition and that much-needed stability upon landing.

Air Jordan 14 Retro heel

Fits true to size

Many basketball players agree that the Air Jordan 14 Retro comes in the standard length and width. They advise new shoe buyers to go true to their Air Jordan size for a comfortable fit.

Several also recommended doubling the socks, after the break-in period if the leather upper starts to soften. Wearers with wide feet are advised to choose their true size, break in the shoe, and see if the fit is comfortable. They can also directly go half a size up.

No heel slippage

Thanks to its traditional lace-up system, many players mentioned that the Air Jordan 14 Retro keep its foot in place. The tongue has loops in the middle to prevent it from going to one side during movement.

Air Jordan 14 Retro: A bit of history

Originally at $150, the Air Jordan 14 was first released on October 31, 1998. Inspired by Michael Jordan’s Ferrari F355F1, the shoe is designed by Tinker Hatfield to be light, sharp, and quick. In Hatfield’s sketch, it says “SHOE AS CAR OR CAR AS SHOE.” The shoe turns out to be the most comfortable among all Air Jordan models. The first release had both mid-top and low-top versions in eight colorways. In the Air Jordan family, the 14 is the first to have the same number of Jumpman logos as the version number.

The “Last Shot” is the most famous colorway of the Air Jordan 14. The match was between Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz. Both teams at 86 points, the last-minute started ticking. In his number 23 jersey and Air Jordan 14 shoes, Michael Jordan scored a shot exactly six seconds before the game ended. The last shot drove the Chicago Bulls to an epic victory.

The Air Jordan 14 Retro is worn by NBA superstars Jared Sullinger, Monta Ellis, and Dwyane Wade. It features a full-length Phylon with Air units for responsive cushioning. The durable upper and its overlays are made of leather. The outsole boasts with thick rubber compound and a herringbone traction pattern.

Jordan and Nike are the leaders when it comes to the re-release of basketball shoes. Renditions of the 1st Michael Jordan athletic sneakers never stop coming for shoe fanatics. In 2018, the first Nike Kobe Bryant shoe is retroed as the Zoom Protro 1.

Colorways of the Air Jordan 14

The 1998 original release of the Air Jordan 14 came in eight colorways of which three are for the low-top models. Some colourways from the OG list are re-released from 2005 onwards. Listed below are the different colorways of Air Jordan 14 Retro:

Air Jordan 14 OG

1998: Black Toe. The Black Toe colorway is a white upper with black leather overlays. It has grey and red accents.

1998: White, black, and varsity red. It is a white pair with red leather overlays and black accent.

1999: Oxidized Green. It is a white pair with black leather overlays and dark green accent.

1999: Last Shot. The Last Shot colorway is a black upper with red accents.

1999: Indiglo. The Indiglo colorway has a black upper with white outsole and indiglo accent.

Air Jordan 14 Retro

2000: UNC. UNC is a white pair with carolina blue overlays and black accent.

2005: Graphite Chartreuse. The Graphite Chartreuse is a grey pair with black overlays and yellow green accent.

2005: White Chartreuse. The White Chartreuse is a white pair with black overlays and yellow green accent.

2005: Forest. The Forest colorway is a white pair with deep forest overlays and yellow green accent.

2005: Cinder. The Cinder colorway is a white pair with dark cinder overlays and chutney accent.

2005: Redwood. The Redwood colorway is a black pair with accents of metallic silver, light graphite, and redwood.

2006: Nubuck. The Nubuck colorway is a black pair with university blue overlays and metallic silver accent.

2006: Collezione 'CDP'. The Collezione 'CDP' is a black colorway with white and red accents.

2006: Graphite Navy. The Graphite Navy is a grey colorway with accents of midnight navy, black, and white.

2006: Candy Cane. The Candy Cane colorway is a white pair with red overlays and black accent.

2006: Thunder. The Thunder colorway is a black pair with vibrant yellow overlays and white accent.

2014: Sport Blue. The Sport Blue colorway is a grey pair with white and sport blue accents.

2014: Ferrari. The Ferrari colorway is a challenge red pair with black, grey, and vibrant yellow accents.

2016: White, black, oxidized green, legend blue, and metallic silver.

2017: Black and metallic gold.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 14.3oz
Top: High
Signature: Michael Jordan
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Air Jordan
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: White / Black / Red / Grey / Gold

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Author
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.