Facts

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Signature
Lockdown
Lace-Up
Price
$185
Weight
16oz

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

14 reasons to buy

  • The Air Jordan 31 is a great product according to most buyers. They just love it.
  • Nearly all users agree that the shoe is very comfortable.
  • The full-length Zoom cushioning feels incredible, several declare.
  • The AJ XXXI is arguably the most comfortable Air Jordan release ever, a few assert.
  • A lot of users state that the shoes have excellent ankle support; the ankle pillows do their job.
  • According to some wearers, the shoes are easy to break in. A couple of them even claim that no break-in time is required.
  • A good number of reviewers say that the shoes fit true to size.
  • Some comment that the overall fit and lockdown is perfect.
  • Several purchasers compliment the shoe’s clean and minimalist style.
  • A few note that the shoe is fashionable, has cool colorways, and looks great with jeans.
  • The shoes have good traction, some claim.
  • A small number of reviewers appreciate how well-made the shoes are.
  • Several are saying that the Air Jordan XXXI is durable and made of the best materials.
  • The shoes are breathable and lightweight, some players remark.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Several users are complaining about the shoe’s traction. The grip is inconsistent, and it is the worst on dusty courts.
  • The shoes run small and narrow according to a few buyers.
  • A small number of purchasers are saying that the shoes are not durable and the materials feel cheap.  
  • The Air Jordan XXXI is easily gets dirty and hard to clean, a few claim.
  • Most testers find the protruding Zoom a bit unstable and wobbly.
  • A handful of wearers remark that the shoes are uncomfortable. The ankle collar digs into the Achilles and rubs the ankle.

Bottom line

Over the years, Jordan Brand has consistently delivered better performance basketball sneakers than any other brand. They lead the industry by implementing innovations that work. With the Air Jordan XXXI, it feels like they have taken two steps forward and one step back.

From the midsole going up, what you get is solid performance. However, its inconsistent traction and the unstable feeling underfoot is holding the shoe back.

All in all, the Air Jordan 31 is still a decent hoop shoe. Its clean style and overall comfort make it suitable for everyday use as well. Although, for its price, there are better performance basketball sneakers.

If you are a huge Michael Jordan fan, and you have $185 to spare, go ahead and cop the AJ XXXI. It has both on- and off-court appeal. There’s just something special about wearing Air Jordans.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 26 ratings

5 star
77%
4 star
12%
3 star
0%
2 star
4%
1 star
8%

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Expert Reviews

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80 / 100 based on 16 expert reviews

  • 81 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • Don Fontaine and Sammy Lee • Level 5 expert

    The shoe is so good from the midsole up that the shoe is still in my rotation, even though the traction is horrible.

  • 80 / 100 by Hoop And Life • Nelson Chan • Level 5 expert

    Overall, the cons of the shoe that it me gave was not enough for me to keep these in my go to rotations.

  • 81 / 100 by The Sole Brothers • Don Fontaine and Sammy Lee • Level 5 expert

    The shoe is so good from the midsole up that the shoe is still in my rotation, even though the traction is horrible.

  • 80 / 100 by Basketball Diagnostics • Daumantas Rimkus • Level 5 expert

    The Air Jordan XXX1 is definitely a solid shoe for what it has to offer.

  • 77 / 100 by WearTesters • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    Even if the Air Jordan XXXI isn’t perfect for me, I know they’ll be perfect for wide footers.

  • 77 / 100 by Nightwing2303 • Chris Chase • Level 5 expert

    Even if the Air Jordan XXXI isn’t perfect for me, I know they’ll be perfect for wide footers.

  • 68 / 100 by Schwollo • Schwollo • Level 5 expert

    Being a wide footer, I really enjoyed the fit. I had zero movement in the heel and no weird popping or deadspace anywhere in the forefoot.

  • 90 / 100 by SoleCollector • Zac Dubasik • Level 4 expert

    There are a few matters of personal preference, but overall, there is little to criticize.

  • 80 / 100 by Zak Kerr • Zak Kerr • Level 4 expert

    If they just fixed up that traction these things could have been one of my favorite shoes of all time.

  • 88 / 100 by KickGenius • Tre Good and J Jones • Level 3 expert

    It didn't overly impress me, but it's definitely a good shoe nonetheless.

  • 83 / 100 by WearTesters • Stan Tse • Level 3 expert

    The cushion feels fine but I was expecting something totally different or new, and the traction has its suspect points.

  • 83 / 100 by WearTesters • Stan Tse • Level 3 expert

    The cushion feels fine but I was expecting something totally different or new, and the traction has its suspect points.

  • 95 / 100 by Quick Kicks • Patrick McGrail • Level 2 expert

    It's the best fit I've had in a shoe, all year.

  • 57 / 100 by Mr Foamer Simpson • Michael Lytle • Level 2 expert

    Traction is not terrible but it is far from good. It's mediocre in my opinion.

  • 95 / 100 by HighSnobiety • George Ocampo • Level 1 expert

    If you go true to size and let the cushion break in, the sneaker might have you jumping from the free throw line before you even change out of your jeans.

  • 85 / 100 by Mo Mooncey • Hoop Genius • Level 1 expert

    If you are gonna wear a performance sneaker off the court, this would be probably the best one, as it has a very stylish look.

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Profile of Air Jordan XXXI

It has been over three decades when the original Anti-Gravity machines were released. Paying homage to the iconic AJ 1, the Air Jordan XXXI realizes three decades of innovation. Pure, minimal, and raw; the new Air Jordan is a reflection of the original.

Mixing tradition and innovation, the AJ XXXI is molded after the silhouette of the first Air Jordan and fitted with updated technology. It represents a balance of Jordan Brand’s revolutionary performance and transcendent style.

Worn by Jordan Brand’s frontman Russell Westbrook, the design is equipped with innovative Zoom Air cushioning and FlightSpeed technology to attack the paint. The flexible Flyweave upper combined with patent leather provides all-around support. The Air Jordan 31 is engineered with the game’s best players in mind.

Performance

Cushion. One of Michael Jordan’s favorite features of the AJ 1 is its low-to-the-ground profile. The Air Jordan XXXI replicates this by placing a FlightSpeed plate on top of a full-length Zoom Air bag. The FlightSpeed plate supports the entire foot while the full-length Zoom Air bag provides cushioning without raising the shoe’s profile.

FlightSpeed technology is designed to evenly distribute the compression force of the foot over the full-length Zoom Air unit, maximizing its spring-back response and allowing explosive steps to blow-by your defenders.

This low-profile cushioning setup eliminates wasted motion and provides enhanced court feel, responsiveness, and lateral support.

Traction. The outsole is made of translucent rubber that delivers quality traction on a variety of surfaces. It features a herringbone pattern for a multidirectional grip that minimizes slips, enabling you to make quick cuts on the court.

Fit

Length and Width. The Air Jordan 31 fits true to size and can accommodate wide feet. Lengthwise, it runs a bit short; normal and narrow footers may need to try out a pair before purchasing.

Lockdown. The lace system utilizes Flywire technology for a locked-in fit. These strong filaments are strategically placed to wrap the midfoot and provide support precisely where it is needed.

The high-cut collar features six anatomical pods that grip the ankle for maximum containment. An inner sleeve wraps the foot for a personalized fit while a leather heel counter provides locked-down support.

Material

The Air Jordan 1 was a traditional leather basketball shoe. Now, knit and woven have become performance standards. The idea for the Air Jordan 31 is to combine the best features of each material. The shoe’s one-piece Flyweave and leather upper is the first of its kind.

Flexible Flyweave in the forefoot transitions seamlessly to a supportive synthetic leather in the heel. This one-piece upper allows your foot to move naturally while keeping it contained during quick cuts and transitions.

Style

Drawing inspiration from the first Air Jordan’s high-top silhouette, the Air Jordan 31’s upper includes several iconic Jordan elements. The original Air Jordan Wings logo and Nike Swoosh (not seen since the AJ 1) is reintroduced, and for the first time, the Jumpman and Swoosh appear alongside one another.

The Air Jordan 1 featured a prominent Nike swoosh, but the Jumpman logo soon became iconic, and the swoosh was phased out. With Jordan’s blessing, the Swoosh intentionally fades into the famous Jumpman logo as a new-model nod to the original Air Jordan.

The Air Jordan XXXI seeks to push the envelope as a hybrid on-court/off-court sneaker; lightweight support for the world’s highest-flying athletes, and rich material details that exudes off-court sensibility.