Our verdict


Mesh on the sides, bright colorways, wildly unique style - it's what makes this Retro so special. OK, not only that, but it is also one of the best when it comes to the on-court performance of all the Retros out there.


  • Great for everyday wear
  • Beautifully-crafted silhouette
  • Fits true to size
  • Breathable
  • Superb comfort
  • Reliable grip
  • Durable
  • Insanely light


  • Support varies with colorways (materials)
  • Needs break-in

Who should buy the Air Jordan 7 Retro

This classic Jordan basketball shoe is a great match for you if:

  • You want a shoe that has excellent ankle support to protect your feet 
  • You are after a pair that delivers superb comfort to your feet 
  • You want a shoe that is durable and can handle a series of intense games

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Who should not buy the Air Jordan 7 Retro

Some Jordan sneaker fans mentioned that this Air Jordan 7 Retro needs break-in time. Air Jordan 29 is a great alternative as it offers out-of-the-box comfort; you can also opt for Jordan Why Not Zer0.1.

Comfort in your every step

A great number of basketball players have commented on the midsole, saying it provides support and comfort to their feet. The Polyurethane midsole is wrapped with Phylon and it has Air-sole units that offer responsive cushioning at the forefoot and heel.

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Most players are surprised with how comfortable these shoes feel, asserting that these are the most comfortable Air Jordans they have ever worn.

Excellent grip to stop and run on any floor

According to some hoopers, this pair grips indoor or outdoor courts quite well no matter your position or movements. Clean floors are ideal but some players mentioned that the traction pattern attracts dust easily on the debris-filled courts and requires frequent wiping.

Air Jordan 7 Retro outsole

Fits true to size, but not for narrow feet

People who bought this pair commented that it fits true to size but is a bit roomy inside. Wide-footers did not have any issues with the fit but narrow-footed players are advised to size down.

Air Jordan 7 Retro midsole

The Air Jordan 7 Retro delivers secure lockdown

Several players mentioned that this shoe securely fastens their foot into the footbed allowing them to move freely. This makes sense given the pair's traditional lace-up closure and a neoprene inner sleeve that offers a dynamic one-to-one fit.

The majority of its buyers commended its arch for doing the job well of protecting their feet, while also complementing the overall fit and materials for taking care of the rest.

Durability at its best

A huge number of basketball players commented that the Air Jordan 7 Retro has not shown any signs of wear and tear after being used for a series of games with intense plays.

Insanely light...

People who bought this pair are pleased with its weight, commenting that it feels like they're barefooted. 

Air Jordan 7 Retro insole

... but not as supportive as you think

It turns out that the materials used on the shoe depend on the colorway. This, of course, affects the level of support you get. An expert advises to go with leather instead of nubuck - more support and more durability. 

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Made from premium materials

According to a group of players, the materials of the shoe are different, depending on the colorways. Each material option provides different levels of support so for players who wish to maximize support, some recommended the leather versions.

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Air Jordan 7 Retro: Design changes

The Air Jordan 7 Retro’s distinct silhouette has become a vital piece of Jordan's heritage. It is the first Air Jordan that did not show the visible Air unit and any Nike branding; a foreshadowing of the eventual creation of Michael’s own Jordan Brand.

Details include the iconic Jumpman logo on the medial side of the ankle collar while a shield-like 23 logo can be seen on the heel. The “AIR JORDAN” callout is displayed on the tongue.

Air Jordan 7 Retro: Colorways

Drawing inspiration from West African culture, the Air Jordan VII Retro adds a colorful twist to the Air Jordan line. Visible on the OG colorway is a multicolored print design on the outsole and tongue. Michael was spotted wearing all five original colorways of the AJ 7 on-court. Available in many new colorways including the classics (Hare, Bordeaux, Cardinal Red, Charcoal, and Olympic), the Air Jordan 7 Retro is a chance for sneakerheads to own a part of Jordan history.

Original colorways of the Air Jordan 7:

  • Black/Dark Charcoal-True Red ‘Raptors’
  • Black/Light Graphite-Bordeaux ‘Bordeaux’
  • White/Black-Cardinal Red ‘Cardinal’
  • White/Light Silver-True Red ‘Hare'
  • White/Midnight Navy/True Red ‘Olympic’

Air Jordan 7 Retro releases

More popular Jordan 7 Retro colorways follow: 

Air Jordan 7 Retro ‘Barcelona Nights’

The ‘Barcelona Nights’ colorway pays homage to the city’s energetic nightlife. 

Air Jordan 7 Retro C&C

Part of the ‘Championship’ pack, this two-shoe set arrives in Team Red/Metallic Gold-Sail-Gum Light Brown and White/Metallic Gold-Black.

Air Jordan 7 Retro DB x Damien Phillips

The Air Jordan 7 DB X Damien Phillips features a Bulls-themed color blocking with guitar-inspired accents. Other details include his “DJP” initials on the heel and an illustration of him rocking a guitar under the translucent outsole.

Air Jordan 7 Retro DMP ‘60+ Pack’

The Air Jordan 7 DMP ‘60+ Pack’ commemorates one of Michael’s greatest games where he scored 64 points against the Orlando Magic. 

Air Jordan 7 Retro ‘For the love of the Game’

Part of Jordan Brand’s For the love of the Game collection, this Air Jordan 7 Retro arrives in the original ‘Olympic’ colorway. 

Air Jordan 7 Retro ‘J2K’ Collection

The Air Jordan 7 ‘J2K’ pack features triangular patchwork that is reminiscent of Nike’s “Trash Talk” program. 

Air Jordan 7 Retro ‘Marvin the Martian’

This Looney Tunes-inspired colorway is a nod to Marvin the Martian who played a significant role in Nike’s ad campaign in the early 90’s. These Michael Jordan basketball shoes come dressed in Black/University Red-Green Plasma-Cool Grey.

Air Jordan 7 Retro ‘Nothing But Net’

Inspired by the sweater Michael wore for a McDonald's commercial, the ‘Nothing But Net’ colorway features a white-based upper with sweater-print accents.

Air Jordan 7 Retro OC ‘Miro’

The Air Jordan VII OC ‘Miro’ pays tribute to Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist Joan Miro who was born in Barcelona. 

Air Jordan 7 Retro ‘Tinker Alternate’

Jordan Brand celebrates the 2016 Rio Olympics by releasing a patriotic colorway of the Air Jordan 7 Retro.

Air Jordan 7 Retro ‘Year of the Rabbit’

A remix of the ‘Hare’ colorway, the ‘Year of the Rabbit’ features metallic gold accents on the laces, Jumpman logo, and pull tab.