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67 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews
Do not cop!
Dope shoe... I mean, I love this thing, man!
One of the best looking Jordans in the post Bulls era, these hold a special place in collectors’ hearts but shouldn’t be considered anything special on court. Firm, unresponsive cushioning really left me disappointed while playing in this shoe. The AJ XX3 is just one if those shoes that looks better on the wall than on my feet. I will say that the build quality and materials are incredible. Double and triple stitched, no excess glue spots. The excess leather on the heel or fish tail as I like to call it, is supposed to exude high end leather craftsmanship. Even the interior is made to look and feel high end with a quilted look. I doubt we will see this high quality leather and build like this from Jordan Brand again given their penchant for maximizing profit nowadays and use of synthetic materials. At least Jordan Brand is more focused on creating better performance shoes nowadays but it would be nice if they could blend form and function like they used to.
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.
This model is among the basketball shoes marketed by Michael Jordan himself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.