Verdict from 20 experts and 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • According to nearly all testers, the Air Jordan 33 has excellent grip. One even says that it is the best traction since the Air Jordan 31.
  • Almost all reviewers are satisfied with the shoe’s cushioning. It provides the same amount of mobility, court feel, and impact protection as the Air Jordan 32.
  • These Air Jordan basketball shoes run true to size according to most.
  • Many wearers remark that the mesh upper is super breathable and very flexible, just like the 34th Air Jordan
  • The FastFit system of the AJ XXXIII is no gimmick according to a good number of testers. It is easy to use and does an amazing job of securely locking the foot in place.
  • Step-in comfort is really nice, a reviewer declares.
  • A lot of commenters like the shoe’s aesthetic.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A significant number of reviewers are reporting that the midsole is pretty stiff. They also claim that It feels a bit bulky and restrictive.
  • The FastFit system is a bit tricky to tighten, several testers comment. There is a tendency to overtighten so users will have to mess with it for quite a bit before getting the right fit.
  • Many testers are warning that these mid-cut basketball shoes are a bit narrow at the forefoot.
  • Some commenters are not digging the Air Jordan XXXIII’s futuristic silhouette.
  • Several players are disappointed that these hyped Jordan basketball shoes are painful and take forever to break in.

Bottom line

The Air Jordan 33 continues the brand’s legacy of creating innovative, high-performance footwear. With the introduction of the FastFit system, players are given a chance to focus more on their game and less on their shoes. Once strapped-in, this new lacing system does a fantastic job of keeping the foot locked in place. Aside from this, the shoe’s traction, cushioning, materials, and support are all on-point. Overall, these Air Jordan basketball shoes are fun to play in and have what it takes to be among the top performers of 2018.

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Good to know

Prepare to take flight with the latest addition to Michael Jordan’s legendary Air Jordan line. “This year’s game shoe, the AJ XXXIII, is the first basketball shoe to feature FastFit technology, which provides ultimate lockdown to prepare athletes for flight,” Michael said in a press release. “From day one, we’ve taken pride in the Air Jordan game shoe, where we focus on athlete insights and the latest innovations to create silhouettes that are distinctly Jordan. That balance also allows the game shoe to continually revolutionize both in sport and style.”

The Air Jordan 33 is also equipped with a knit textile upper, a carbon reinforced FlightSpeed plate, and Zoom Air bags to reduce weight and provide the needed propulsion for takeoff.

Cushion. Underfoot, the Air Jordan XXXIII features a combination of Zoom Air units and a carbon reinforced FlightSpeed plate. This combination propels players, allowing them to take flight.

Traction. Like the Nike Kobe AD NXT 360, the AJ 33 also features a web rubber outsole that offers superior multidirectional grip on any surface.

Length and Width. The Air Jordan XXXIII reportedly fits true to size but runs narrow at the forefoot. Wide-footers are advised to try these basketball shoes in-store before copping.

Lockdown. The highlight of the AJ 33 is its FastFit system. "Applying FastFit allowed for a balance of art and science in the design,” designer Tate Kuerbis explains. “We were inspired by how space suits look and function. It’s all very utilitarian, and the various elements and what they do are all clearly called out. Thinking about this led us to highlight the pull cord, eject cord and the inner workings of FastFit, and make the function integral to the aesthetic and graphic integrity of the design.”

The FastFit system is like a racing harness for the foot. Players can achieve ultimate lockdown and can quickly loosen the fit in just three easy steps. Below is how FastFit works according to

1.Loops on the tongue and heel allow easier entry.

2.The tightening system activates its cables with a single tug of the forefoot strap, creating a full 360-lockdown.

3.Eject by pulling the side loops to release the cables.

A knit textile upper with leather and synthetic overlays provide lightweight support and durability.

Taking cues from the Air Jordan 3, the 33rd iteration of these Michael Jordan basketball shoes feature an oversized tongue adorned with the Jumpman logo. At the heel, the “Nike Air” callout is reminiscent of past AJ models such as the AJ III, IV, V, and VI. The visible FastFit technology also mimics the original Air window that debuted on the AJ III.

“Flight has always been part of our Jordan DNA,” David Creech, Jordan Brand Vice President of Design, said. “Our team considered the utility-led design of space flight suits and used that inspiration to help craft the AJ XXXIII. Like those suits, the shoe features visible technology designed for function, but that also becomes a staple style element.”

The Air Jordan 33 debuts in the ‘Future Flight’ and is followed up by the ‘Tech Pack’ colorway. Currently, these innovative basketball sneakers are available in the following color combinations:

  • Black/Black-Dark Smoke Grey-Sail ‘Tech Pack’
  • Black/White/Dark Grey ‘Utility Blackout’
  • Desert Ore/Black/Dark Concord/White ‘Visible Utility’
  • University Red/Black/Sail/University Red
  • White/Metallic Gold-Black-Vast Grey ‘Future of Flight’
  • White/Metallic Silver-University Red-Clear Jade ‘Guo Ailun’ PE

Air Jordan 33 ‘Chinese New Year’

Jordan Brand greets the Year of the Pig with a Chinese-New-Year-inspired colorway of Michael Jordan’s latest signature sneaker. The Air Jordan 33 ‘Chinese New Year’ features a black-based upper with red and metallic gold accents. Chinese patchwork found on the tongue and insole round out the theme.

Air Jordan 33 ‘Future Flight’

The ‘Future Flight’ colorway takes inspiration from the tones of astronaut suits. It boasts a predominantly white upper with black overlays and red accents. On the branding, hints of metallic gold add a touch of elegance.

Air Jordan 33 PE ‘Guo Ailun’

This China-exclusive release was made for Chinese basketball player and Jordan Brand athlete Guo Ailun. This PE colorway features a white-based upper with red accents. Guo Ailun’s logo and a jade translucent outsole complete the silhouette.

Air Jordan 33 ‘Tech Pack’

Also inspired by atronaut suits, this colorway features a mix of black, sail, and dark smoke grey with blue, red, and yellow accents.

Air Jordan 33 ‘Utility Blackout’

The AJ XXXIII goes into stealth mode with the ‘Utility Blackout’ colorway. Following Jordan Brand’s tradition of creating stealth-inspired hues, these Air Jordan basketball shoes are covered in black, white, and dark grey. An icy blue translucent outsole completes the theme.

Air Jordan 33 ‘Visible Utility’

The ‘Visible Utility’ colorway is reminiscenet of Nike’s ACG style from the ‘90s. It features a beige-based upper with hints of yellow, red, and pink.

Travis Scott X Air Jordan 33 NRG ‘Army Olive’

Jordan Brand and Travis Scott continue to strengthen their partnership by adding another unique colorway to the Air Jordan 33 lineup.

The Travis Scott X Air Jordan 33 NRG is dressed in army olive, ale brown, sail, and black. Hints of volt and a prominent Cactus Jack branding finish off the silhouette.


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