Verdict from 9 experts and 28 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The material in the upper feels very luxurious, most users say. One added that it is “probably one of the best Flyknit we've had in a basketball sneaker from Jordan.” Another also comments that it “moves really well with your foot.”
  • The majority of testers say that although the Jordan 32 starts out stiff, it is the kind of shoe that breaks in very nicely after some time.
  • Many reviewers comment that they do not experience any heel slippage at all, and that’s because of the huge heel counter.
  • The majority of users love the cushioning. One tester shares how the Flight Speed system makes his feet feel so protected from impact that he just wants to keep on dunking.
  • A number of players choses the low-top over the regular mid-top version because the Air Jordan 32 Low gives the feet a greater range of motion. This case also happens to the Hyperdunk 10 from Nike.
  • Some reviewers say that the traction can last some time outdoors since the rubber on the outsole has thick grooves.
  • The majority of purchasers love the aesthetics of these Jordan basketball shoes.
  • The outsole and forefoot outrigger are said to give excellent stability to the shoe.
  • Although thick and not too breathable, the Flyknit on the Air Jordan 32 Low are very durable, says an expert reviewer.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of users notice that these Air Jordan shoes are a little clunkier than the Air Jordan XXXI.
  • Putting the heel inside the shoe is difficult due to the stiff heel counter, remarks one wearer.
  • The upper stretches after a few hours of use. A lot of players mention that they need to re-lace the shoe every so often.
  • Most users feel that these low-top basketball shoes run long, narrow, and tight around the midfoot.
  • A few testers say that it took a very long and painful time to break the shoe in. One player recounts how the shoe gave him blisters even up to the second week of use. Users of the Under Armour’s high-top shoe the HOVR Havoc has the same experience.

Bottom line

Overall, the Air Jordan XXXII receives high reviews regarding its material, cushioning, support and lockdown. The only aspects that most of the users complain about are its “decent” traction and stiff upper and midsole. These issues, however, are not deal breakers. Although not great, the traction is still good. The shoe also breaks in and conforms to the player’s foot after some time. Thus, many reviewers still enjoy playing in the Jordan 32 low-top basketball shoes. They consider these Jordan sneakers worth buying especially when on sale.

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Good to know

Designed by Tate Kuerbis, the Air Jordan XXXII Low combines modern and classic elements that capture the Italian essence of the Air Jordan II, its great predecessor. The shoe’s technologies do not go unnoticed. It has the FlightSpeed system in the midsole and the Flyknit on the upper. Truly, the Air Jordan 32 Low is a shoe to be remembered.

Cushion. Both the mid-top and low-top versions of the Air Jordan 32 use the FlightSpeed system. This setup involves an Unlocked Zoom Air unit on the forefoot and a regular unit in the heel, both encased within a Phylon carrier.

A carbon plate and a TPU midfoot shank is set on top of the units. They distribute the foot’s weight between the two Zoom Air units, providing the ultimate protection from impact and amplifying the system’s cushioning power.

Traction. The shoe implements diamond shapes to form a classic herringbone pattern on the outsole. Horizontal and vertical lines are added within the shapes to provide multi-directional grip. The Air Jordan XXXII Low can be used both indoors and outdoors. An external outrigger is added to the shoe’s base for stability.

Length and Width. The shoe runs long and narrow. Although the upper feels tight on the first few wears, testers advice to go true to size since the Flyknit will stretch and conform well after breaking in.

Lockdown. Fit and support rely on the Flyknit’s ability to contain the foot. This material works together with the lacing system, side panels on the ankle, and the huge heel counter at the back. The synthetic panels help to keep the foot one with the shoe, and the heel cup holds the foot in place.

The upper is made of a thick and tightly woven Flyknit, which starts out rigid but will conform to the shape of the foot after breaking in. The knitted textile also provides the stretch that is needed for maximum flexibility. However, due to the material’s thickness and tight weaves, there is minimal ventilation. Depending on the shoe’s colorway, nubuck or synthetic leather is used on the side panels.

The aggressive heel counter is made of TPU while Phylon is used for the shoe’s midsole. Translucent rubber is utilized on the outsole for a grippy hold on-court.

Three decades after its release, the Air Jordan XXXII pays homage to its great ancestor, the Air Jordan II. The original shoe brought an element of luxuriousness into the basketball shoe industry, and the XXXII aims to do the same by using premium materials.

The lines on the upper of the shoe integrate Air Jordan XXXI’s modern aesthetic, while the heel cup is an exaggerated version of the Jordan 2’s. The six notches on the heel counter represent Michael Jordan’s six championship rings.

The modernity of the upper is balanced by the touch of classic leather on the shoe’s side panels. The Jumpman logo is featured on the lateral side of the heel, while the vintage Air Jordan logo is embossed on the tongue.

These low-top basketball shoes from the Jordan brand is released in the following colors:

  • Camo
  • Jade
  • Michigan
  • Low Triple Black

Air Jordan XXXII Low Bred/Banned

The “Banned” name is from a story about Michael Jordan’s early years with Nike. He was said to have been fined $5,000 per game by the NBA for not following uniform regulations as he wore his Player Exclusive black-and-red Nike Air Ship basketball shoes. Nike saw this as a marketing opportunity and instructed MJ to keep on wearing the shoe while they continued paying the fine. This generated a buzz around the black and red shoe that until this day it is still popularly called the “Banned” colorway.

Air Jordan XXXII Low Free Throw Line

Michael Jordan won the 1988 NBA Slam Dunk contest by dunking from the free throw line. That’s thirteen feet away from the basket rim. No doubt, there was not a score below 10 within the basketball stadium as he bagged the Slam Dunk title that year. In honor of MJ’s victory, a “Free Throw Line” colorway is released. It has a black, red, and white elephant printed upper.

Air Jordan XXXII Low Gatorade/Like Mike

NBA fans and players want one thing, and that one thing is to “be like Mike.” Gatorade’s iconic 1992 commercial captured just that. As a lookback to this, a colorway inspired by the energy drink is released, and it dons an orange, black, white, and Gatorade green upper.

Air Jordan XXXII Low Gordon St.

The greatest basketball player of all time was once a kid who lived in the quiet road of Gordon Street in Wilmington, North Carolina. Today, the house is already considered a landmark. But for MJ, it holds his childhood memories and precious times growing up with his family. Air Jordan pays tribute to Jordan's roots through the Gordon St. colorway. The shoe comes in a light bone and Vanchetta tan upper, with infrared lining.

Air Jordan XXXII Low Last Shot

In 1998, the Chicago Bulls were playing against the Utah Jazz in a 3-2 series. Game 6 was especially difficult as the Utah Jazz rallied against the leading team. With 5.2 seconds remaining on the clock, MJ made the game-winning shot, defeating them with an 87-86 score. The “Last Shot” colorway commemorates this event with an all-black upper and red midsoles.

Air Jordan XXXII Low Win Like '82

Before being drafted into the NBA in 1984, Jordan was playing for the University of North Carolina. In 1982, MJ gave his team a 63-62 lead with just seventeen seconds left on the clock. As the GOAT recalls it, “That was the birth of Michael Jordan… Before that I was Mike. All of a sudden I make that shot and I’m Michael.” The colorway “Win Like ‘82” celebrates the moment with the UNC team colors.

Air Jordan XXXII Low Win Like '96

Both Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman agree that the greatest NBA team was the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls. Winning seventy-two games and only ten losses, they set the record as the team with most games won in a season. This, as we all know, was surpassed by the Golden State Warriors in the 2015-2016 season. Regardless, Air Jordan debuted a “Win Like ‘96” colorway that has a classic black and red upper.


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