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The Jordan CP3.X is the tenth signature shoe of basketball star Chris Paul. As a point guard, Paul uses mostly his forefoot for his multidirectional footwork. The outsole of the shoe has a circular traction pattern with deep grooves. This pattern has a good court grip on any surface. Unlike other shoe models with single outriggers, the Jordan CP3.X has a second slightly embellished outrigger on the fore lateral side. This provides Paul stability for all his side-to-side footwork. To prevent slipping and eventual ankle injuries, this mid-top shoe has a rubber heel cage.
Since Paul is usually on his toes, Jordan Brand places the Zoom unit at the forefoot to deliver just the right amount of responsiveness and court feel. The cushioning setup of Chris Paul’s shoe is almost identical to the performance basketball sneakers of Paul George. To keep his foot locked down, the midfoot is equipped with Flywire technology that uses nylon straps to contain the foot. As an improvement, the 11th Chris Paul Jordan basketball shoe features Zoom Air units in the forefoot and heel.
Cushion. Chris Paul is a lightweight athlete who puts a lot of pressure on his forefoot when playing. Using date from his movements and style, the Jordan CP3.X comes up with a nine-chamber Zoom unit and placed it at the forefoot. This unit provides plenty of court feel with less impact absorption. As a point guard, his playing style needs only minimal cushioning, which is already provided by the full-length Phylon.
Traction. Depending on the colorway, the outsole of the Jordan CP3.X can be made of gum, solid, or translucent rubber. The pattern on the outsole is composed of circular waves with thick grooves. These grooves provide wearers with great stopping power. The outsole rubber works well on both indoor and outdoor courts.
Length and Width. Many wearers suggest going true to size. They say the shoe has a nice and snug fit. However, new buyers with wider feet should know that the upper of the shoe does not stretch much. Therefore, they are advised to try the shoes first and see if a purchase is worth it.
Lockdown. To provide a secure lockdown, the lacing system of the Jordan CP3.X is reinforced with a Flywire technology at the midfoot. Flywire is a lightweight technology that provides maximum support through the nylon strings that are anchored on the midsole and extends up where the laces are. At the rear part, the rubber cage cups the heel to provide foot containment and prevent heel slippage.
The upper of the Jordan CP3.X is made of a performance woven material. This kind of material is designed to bring lightness, durability, and less break in time. This woven upper also allows enough airflow to keep the foot fresh. The rubber cage on the lateral side of the shoe extends to the heel for several reasons:
- Together with the two outriggers on the lateral side, the rubber cage prevents ankle rolls.
- The cage acts as an external heel counter, keeping the foot from moving side to side.
The Jordan CP3.X is a mid-top half-bootie shoe that comes in numerous colorways. The shoe model has a simple overall design, putting the spotlight on the rubber cage, which has speckles and a large Jumpman logo on the lateral side. To signify that the shoe is part of Chris Paul’s signature line, his logo is prominently displayed on the tongue.
Listed below are the regular colorways of the Jordan CP3.X:
The Jordan brand is known for manufacturing special colorways. The subsections below discuss the most popular ones.
Jordan CP3.X Christmas PE
The Jordan CP3.X Christmas PE was released in December 2016 as part of the Jordan Christmas Collection. The colorway is a combination of red and white with a partly-black outsole and black Jumpman logo.
Jordan CP3.X MLK Day PE
The Jordan CP3.X celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a special all-black rendition that is part of the 2017 Jordan Brand MLK Day PE Collection. Other models in this special roster are the Air Jordan 31, Extra.Fly, Melo M13 and the Super.Fly 5 PO.
Jordan CP3.X Space Jam
Michael Jordan is known for his friendship with the Space Jam team. The Space Jam colorway features white-speckled black side panels. The rest of the upper is largely black with white accents.