Verdict from 12 experts and 38 user reviews

11 reasons to buy

  • Most wearers agree that the Air Jordan XXXI Low is very comfortable.
  • The shoe is suitable for everyday wear.
  • Several declare that the shoe is stylish and its various colorways grab attention.
  • Many buyers just love the Air Jordan 31 Low. Like LeBron’s 16th sneaker, they are asserting that the AJ XXXI is an awesome basketball shoe.
  • Most testers note that the AJ XXXI Low’s grip is better than the original model’s. It seems like the rubber compound of the outsole has changed.
  • The shoes fit true to size, several observe. One wearer says it fits like a glove.
  • Some notice that these Michael Jordan basketball shoes are durable and made of top-notch materials.
  • According to a small number, the shoes are lightweight and easy to break in.
  • Full-length Zoom feels great, a few remark. It feels springy and cushy.
  • The shoes have amazing grip, according to a few players.
  • Many testers notice that the overall fit has improved; the shoes feel snug and secure.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The traction pattern collects dust easily, most testers complain. Frequent wiping is recommended.
  • A few users claim these Michael Jordan basketball shoes have the worst grip on indoor courts. They are saying that it can only be used outdoors.
  • The shoes are uncomfortable and do not have a good fit, a handful remark.
  • A small number comment that the Air Jordan XXXI Low is not durable and falls apart after a few uses. The translucent sole also turns yellow.
  • The protruding Zoom feels wobbly and takes a little getting used to, some testers observe.

Bottom line

Tech-wise, the Air Jordan XXXI Low didn’t bring anything new to the table; however, it seems like Jordan Brand made some tweaks that resulted in a better performing basketball sneaker.

Priced at $160, the low carried with it all the good qualities of the high-top model and improved on its weaknesses. If you like the Air Jordan 31, then you’ll definitely love its low-top version.

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Good to know

The Air Jordan XXXI Low reinterprets the iconic Air Jordan 1 to fit today’s fast-paced game. Designed for on-court excellence; it has the FlightSpeed technology that maximizes the response of the Zoom Air unit while its Flyweave upper offers flexible and breathable support. Its low-top silhouette is perfect for the game’s premier players to dominate the courts.

Built for the hardwood with an off-court look; the shoe features a minimalist design that includes classic Jordan elements for unprecedented performance with recognizable style.

Cushion. The FlightSpeed technology uses a TPU moderator plate to maximize the deflection of the Zoom Air unit, enhancing its spring-back response. It evenly distributes the compressive force your foot over the full-length Zoom Air bag for optimal performance.

This lightweight and low-to-the-ground setup delivers enhanced cushioning and maximum responsiveness to keep you light on your feet during the game’s most explosive moments.

Traction. The Air Jordan XXXI Low has two types of outsoles; one is made of recycled translucent rubber, and the other one is made of solid rubber. The solid rubber outsole provides durability and grip, boosting your on-court performance.

Both outsoles feature a multidirectional herringbone pattern for increased traction. This traction pattern helps with quick cuts and prevents slipping.

Length and Width. The Air Jordan XXXI Low runs a little narrow. Normal and narrow-footers can stay true to size, wide-footers may consider going up half a size.

Lockdown. The Air Jordan 31 Low features the Flywire technology that locks your foot down while an inner sleeve delivers a personalized fit.

Flywire cables wrap the midfoot for a locked-in fit and provide support for quick lateral movements.

The upper features a seamless transition from a flexible Flyweave forefoot to a supportive synthetic leather heel. This transitional one-piece upper is the first of its kind and acts like a second skin. It provides lightweight support and allows your foot to move naturally while remaining supported during quick cuts and transitions.

Taking cues directly from the original Air Jordan, the company is able to create groundbreaking silhouette for the modern game. The Air Jordan XXXI Low is designed for optimal movement that is perfect for today’s premier players.

Classic Jordan elements are incorporated into the shoe’s minimalist design. The leather heel counter houses the iconic Jumpman logo on the lateral side and an embossed Wings logo on the medial side.

The low-top version moved a little bit away from the blueprint of the original Jordan model. The result is a modern signature offering that excels on and off the court.

The Jordan Brand kept the AJ XXXI Low colorways clean and simple. Aside from the general releases, player exclusives were also provided to JB-sponsored schools and tournaments.

  • Black/Black/Anthracite/Metallic Gold
  • Black/Dark Grey/Sheen ‘Oreo’
  • Black/White
  • College Navy/Amarillo 'Michigan'
  • Gym Red/Gym Red/Action Red/Chrome
  • Midnight Navy/University Blue/White/Ice Blue
  • River Rock/White-Dark Stucco 'Camo'
  • University Blue/Amarillo - Midnight Navy 'Marquette'
  • University Blue/White - College Navy 'UNC'
  • White/Amarillo - College Navy 'California'
  • White/Black-University Red 'Quai 54'
  • White/Metallic Silver-Pure Platinum
  • White/University Red/Black
  • Wolf Grey/College Navy - White 'Georgetown'


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