Verdict from 100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • A significant majority of reviewers of the Air Jordan First Class say the sneaker is of premium quality from its overall top-notch looks to the comfortable interiors and cushioning.
  • Some users claimed the signature visible Air-sole unit felt responsive in providing cushioning to the foot by absorbing impact and giving a bouncier feel.
  • A good number of customers disclosed that the foam midsole and the half-bootie silhouette give a relaxed internal condition to the shoe.
  • Some loyal Air Jordan fans say the new lifestyle sneaker design gives them an off-court option to dress up without looking like they are headed for some basketball game.
  • Many commenters say the textile and leather combination gives the mid-top shoe a lightweight wearing experience.
  • Quite a lot of users say the design and materials used in the Air Jordan First Class make it a good sneaker option for daily use.
  • Back cushioning adds to the overall comfort and support as it protects the ankles and back from injuries, one critic
  • A couple of commenters posted that the lifestyle sneaker has flexible soles due to the cored out bottoms while the heel pillows help provide cushioning to the back heel.
  • One reviewer praised the modern and sleek design of the eye stays and thin laces as it adds style and class to the sneaker.
  • The half-bootie shape and pull tab delivers easy on and off, a few wearers noted.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers say the Air-Sole unit is not as responsive as it used to be as many commented that it hardly felt in working in the Air Jordan First Class.
  • A few commented that it would have been better if the upper material is not neoprene textile as it would have been extra breathable if mesh or Flyknit was used at the front.
  • An observer of the Air Jordan First Class felt the interior design is too loose for a mid-top or half-bootie and would have been better with a narrow fitting.

Bottom line

Breathing new life to the Jumpman brand, the Air Jordan First Class proves to the sneaker world that there is more to the Air Jordan legacy than just its retros. The modern style treatment includes lightweight injected midsole and outsole that makes you leap higher like His Airness.

Several critics, however, disagree citing the air cushioning could have been updated. The unique eyestay designs also add a knack of modernity to this Jordan off-court kick. For its price, it is a great pair to buy for daily use.

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Good to know

The Air Jordan First Class has cozy interiors with a plush heel pillow and a half-bootie construction for that secured fit. The mid-top sneaker has a pull tab for quick on and off and also features metal eyelets for a stylish shoelace lockdown.

Coming in medium width, the off-court lifestyle kick has a loose fit with enough room for the toes to move inside the textile upper.

Creating dapper looks to the often on-court design on the Air Jordan line is always a welcome development for the brand worn and popularized by the greatest basketball player of all time. Wearing the Air Jordan First Class brings out elegance and sophistication in nubuck and synthetic overlays over a smooth textile upper. The off-court silhouette offers more styling possibilities to the often athletic looks of Air Jordan. Wear them with jeans or slacks and a polo shirt or button-down top and finally accessorizing them with a ball cap for a complete get-up that is neat and not overly sporty.

The mid-top shoe is a fitting follow-up to the hugely successful Air Jordan Eclipse off-court sneakers, the Air Jordan First Class stamps its class with enough chops and swanky swagger. With signature Air Jordan detailing that does not overwhelm, the premium sneaker boasts of a subtle Jumpman at the tongue pull tab, insole, and the back heel.

The design is also decked with the symbolic No. 2 and 3 holding the round laces that are further secured with exceptionally placed metallic eyestays opening more possibilities for lacing customizations. Looking fresh all day, the overall half-bootie structure of the Air Jordan comes in nubuck and synthetic leather with a plush pillow at the heel back for added comfort and cushioning.

What further brings out the superiority of the Air Jordan First Class is its use of unique colorways and accent shades from Light Bone, Black, Olive, Cool Grey, and Cement Grey with accents like Metallic Silver, Fire Red, and Emerald Rise, and Cement on the synthetic leather quarter panel and collar overlay. While heading out for some casual night out or some hanging out in a bar with the entire squad, consider wearing the Air Jordan First Class like a real boss.

An off-court mid-top sneaker that comes in a neat and polished package, the Air Jordan First Class features a half-bootie construction with plush heel pillow to support the textile upper with nubuck overlays. But the star of this design remains to be the visible Air-Sole unit at the heel that continues the heritage of enhanced cushioning while a lightweight sneaker is achieved by combining the outsole and midsole.

Further boosting the shoes’ flexibility is the cored out outsole foam that significantly reduces weight making this lightweight sneaker a perfect companion for the daily travails of life.

For many of the world’s top basketball players at a young age, to own a pair of Air Jordan kicks is a significant event in their early hoop life. The recognizable Jumpman logo of Air Jordan comprising a silhouette of NBA legend Michael Jordan performing a slam dunk is the essential game accessory on and off the court.

Before the world took notice of this ultimate basketball shoe, and the numerous models of the Air Jordan that followed, the shoe worn by the greatest player of his generation, was banned on the court.

Nike took a gamble in signing NBA rookie Michael Jordan into a five-year endorsement worth $2.5 million (including royalties). Creating the first Air Jordan prototype started in 1984 with Jordan already testing out the Nike Airship on the court.  Peter Moore led the design team behind the black and red colorway first release.

The design initially involves a familiar Nike Swoosh logo which was no longer featured in succeeding models of Air Jordan. This initial release of the shoe, priced at $65, also featured a Wings logo, composed of a basketball with wings on both sides and an Air Jordan print above the ball. The OG design is comprised mostly of leather overlays on the upper giving the shoe durability on the court and a perforated toe box giving the needed ventilation.

The success of the Air Jordan sub-brand for Nike has continued for more than 30 years since the first Air Jordan. Through the years, however, the brand has been starting to release lifestyle sneakers to cater to the dynamically changing tastes of the sneaker market. While its retro releases continue to be successful, the company ventured into manufacturing lifestyle sneakers for off-court action.

The pimped-up casual style of the Air Jordan First Class only proves that Air Jordan no longer depends on their often expensive retro releases and collaborations to make a dent in the lucrative sneaker market.  Taking inspiration from the successful release of the Air Jordan Eclipse which debuted in March/April 2015 and the Jordan Fly 89, the brand dropped the minimalistic silhouette of the First Class in December 2017 which to this date continues to mesmerize the public with its seamless design and dapper looks. Its prominent colorways aside from the Black and Light Bone models include the Cement Grey colorway and limited Olive colorway.

  • Textile upper offers breathability and lightweight comfort.
  • Quarter panel and collar overlay with synthetic and genuine nubuck materials.
  • Round shoelaces in unique No. 23 and metallic eyestay design keeps the feet secured.
  • Cushioning is ensured by a visible Air-Sole unit in the heel while a push heel pillow at the back improves the fit and structure.
  • Outsole foam is cored out to improve the flexibility of the Air Jordan First Class.


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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.