Who should buy the Air Jordan 23 Retro

This Air Jordan basketball shoe is a good match for you if:

  • You want a shoe with excellent traction on any ground type for a smooth basketball experience
  • You are after a sneaker with a carbon fibre shank for stability

Air Jordan 23 Retro midsole

Profile of the Air Jordan 23 Retro

The original Air Jordan XX3 was among the first Jordan shoes that had Nike’s Considered strategy applied on them. Such strategy promotes sustainability and the use of eco-friendly materials, giving the shoe much more value.

Air Jordan 23 Retro laces

This model is among the basketball shoes marketed by Michael Jordan himself.

Air Jordan 23 Retro heel

In 2015, the Air Jordan XX3 Chicago came out and it bears much of the appearance and technologies of the original release. In the same year, the highly coveted Air Jordan 11 was released in the 72-10 colorway. It is a rendition that combines black, gym red, white, and anthracite.

Air Jordan 23 Retro left side


Cushion. The original Air Jordan XX3 is equipped with a full-length Zoom, and it appears that the retro version also has the same tooling. This technology makes the shoe responsive, especially at the forefoot.

Air Jordan 23 Retro right side

Traction. The shoe’s arguably effective traction is provided by its gum outsole that features a special fingerprint pattern: that of Michael Jordan himself.


Length and Width. Some players declare that the shoe runs a bit smaller than expected. They say that they ended up hurting their feet when they went true to size. Because of this, new buyers are advised to go for shoes that are slightly bigger than what they usually get.

Air Jordan 23 Retro back collar

Lockdown. The adjustable traditional lacing system of these Air Jordan sneakers makes them such a supportive and well-fitting pair. Containment is further enhanced by the TPU cage that encloses a good part of the midsole. To further ensure the stability of the wearer’s gait, the sole has a carbon fiber shank at the midfoot.


The upper is made of a combination of premium leather and padded fabric. The leather covers the midfoot, forefoot, and the heel; while the padded fabric provides next-to-skin comfort to the ankles.

Air Jordan 23 Retro toebox


The Air Jordan XX3 is revived in the Chicago colorway, which is an all-red pair of basketball shoes. It has what is considered by many as one of the most attractive AJ designs, and it looks great when paired with casual pieces such as denims and jeans. Of course, it is also great to pair it with active wear.

Air Jordan 23 Retro tongue


Special Colorways of the Air Jordan 23 Retro

Air Jordan XX3 Retro Chicago

The 23rd Air Jordan was released in a number of colorways. The retro version comes in just one red colorway: the Air Jordan XX3 Retro Chicago. It honors the city of Chicago in the most obvious of ways: it features the Chicago skyline on the rear lateral side of both shoes, with the words CHI and CITY on the left and right, respectively.

Air Jordan 23 Retro side collar

When it comes to Chicago-inspired colorways, sneakerheads also remember Adidas athlete Derrick Rose who is known to be very dedicated to this city that even his D Rose logo says a lot about Chicago. His most recent Adidas D Rose 10 will take design cues from his hometown.

Facts / Specs

Top: Mid
Signature: Michael Jordan
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Air Jordan
Features: Retro / Ankle support
Colorways: Blue
SKUs: 887230332

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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.