Summary

We spent 7.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Almost all buyers are amazed by the neatness of stitchings on the Air Jordan 16 Low.
  • The price of the signature kicks is worth the premium leather and other materials used, say many shoe collectors. These collectors claim the shoe reminds them of the upper of the first Air Jordan.
  • A good number of Air Jordan XVI Low owners notice that the shoe makes heads turn. They say the design is just too good for a basketball shoe.
  • Some wide-footers like the fit of these basketball shoes from the Jordan brand. They notice that the forefoot area feels just right and comfortable.
  • The leather upper requires a short time for breaking in. Once broken in, the Air Jordan 16 Low actually feels good according to many wearers.
  • The herringbone pattern delivers a sticky grip on court floors, observe a few wearers. They say that with the help of the nubs on the sides, the traction is close to perfection on court.
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4 reasons not to buy

  • Outdoor play is prohibited with the Air Jordan 16 Low. Buyers claim that the shoe is too wonderful and delicate to be played outside where the outsole can melt in no time.
  • The signature shoe is always out of stock, complain many potential buyers.
  • These low-top basketball shoes may have a perforated leather and mesh upper, but users still complain about lack of breathability.
  • A reviewer mentions that the herringbone on the Air Jordan 16 Low’s sole is a no-no on dusty courts. According to him, dust easily clogs the grooves, making the sole slippery. They compare their disappointing experience with the 11th Kevin Durant shoe from Nike.

Bottom line

The Air Jordan 16 Low is a difficult shoe to own because it is often out of stock. This low-top is a magnificent footwear to display like a trophy. It celebrates a chapter in Michael Jordan’s well-achieved life with high-quality leather and careful detailing no other brand can re-create. Even with a bit of stiffness on the Air units at the heel, the shoe is still comfortable enough for all-day wear.

 

Facts

On February 17, 2001, the Air Jordan 16 was released to celebrate another milestone in Michael Jordan’s life as the President and part owner of the Washington Wizards. Designer Wilson Smith III’s original AJ 16 is mid-top basketball model that can easily be converted to a formal footwear in one swift tug.

To make another statement, a low-top version was released on September 29, 2001. The low-top Jordan basketball sneakers boasts a midsole with a unique design combination of forefoot Zoom Air unit and exposed heel Air cushioning. To support multidirectional footwork, the outsole features herringbone pods on top of a translucent rubber. The signature shoe becomes a low-top when the ankle collar is folded and fastened on place with its magnetic button.

Cushion. The Air Jordan 16 Low carries a Phylon midsole with a Zoom unit at the forefoot and bare Air cushioning units at the heel. The Air units are EVA moldings that contain air-blown parisons. The shoe is stabilized by a carbon fiber at the midfoot.

Traction. The Air Jordan XVI Low has a unique traction pattern. Herringbone pods are placed on the forefoot and the heel of the shoe’s translucent rubber outsole, providing magnificent grips on the court. The lateral area has black rubber nubs that according to many wearers deliver great court grip as long as it is kept clean.

Length and Width. The Air Jordan 16 Low has a squared toe for a greater purpose than just making it look more formal. The squared toe benefits those with wide feet and gives enough wiggle room for those with normal and narrow feet. Therefore, wide-footers can opt for their true Jordan sizes. Those with narrow to normal-sized feet can go half a size down. Of course, it is still wise to fit the shoe first before purchasing.

Lockdown. As long as the right size is chosen, lockdown and fit will not be a problem with the Air Jordan 16 Low. These Jordan basketball shoes do not veer away from the traditional Jordan speed lacing system. It also has an inner cleatie so the foot is securely contained.

The Jordan brand is known for handcrafting Air Jordan shoes using original leather. The Air Jordan 16 Low has a nicely crafted and wrinkled genuine leather for its upper. On other colorways, such as the Stealth, and White/Black, the upper is part suede.

The Jordan brand manufactures shoes not only for basketball but also for fashion and casual use. Unclipping the magnetic button and lifting the folded ankle collar reveal the secondary mid-top look of the Air Jordan 16 Low. The lateral midsole has the word ‘jordan’ in abstract digital calculator font.

Air Jordan XVI Low Black/Black-Metallic Silver

The most formal of all the AJ 16 colorways is the Black/Black-Metallic Silver. These Jordan kicks really look great with formal pants and long sleeves, producing a rockstar CEO vibe.

Air Jordan XVI Low Black/Gym Red-Stealth

The Air Jordan 16 Low Black/Gym Red-Stealth is an unreleased colorway that was supposedly for the take-back in 2013. The detailing on these black basketball kicks of course features the color of the Chicago Bulls.

Air Jordan XVI Low White/Black

One of the rarest Air Jordan 16 Lows, the Low White/Black colorway of these lace-up basketball shoes are made of perforated white suede. It has a black tongue and inner cleatie.

Air Jordan XVI Low White/Varsity Red

An unreleased 2013 sample, the AJ 16 Low White/Varsity Red makes it to the top of the watch-out lists of sneaker fanatics who were on the lookout for surprise releases.

Air Jordan XVI Low “Stealth”

There is really nothing special with the Stealth colorway except for the fact that it is unreleased. Wrinkled dark grey overlays cover portions of the metallic silver upper. The tongue and the inner cleatie is made of mesh for a cool fit. These were up for grabs anonymously, though there were rumors that they were actually released in 2013 or 2014.

Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com