Summary

We spent 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The herringbone traction pattern of the Air Jordan 14 works well on outdoor courts according to many reviewers.
  • Several buyers have good words for the court feel provided by the Zoom units in the midsole.
  • Some Air Jordan 14 Retro owners leave comments that the leather upper is durable enough to last a season of games.
  • A good number of purchasers claim that even when used for outdoor play, the outsole rubber of the Air Jordan 14 Retro still does not wear out easily.
  • Most users mention that the leather upper turns out really soft and comfortable, and it only requires a short break-in time.
  • The majority say that the Air Jordan 14 Retro is true-to-size.
  • A good number of reviewers say the enlarged TPU shank plate provides great torsional support.
  • At least two reviewers mention that the 14 is their favorite Air Jordan Retro to play ball in

6 reasons not to buy

  • A lot of wearers observe that the upper of the Air Jordan 14 Retro is made of low-quality leather. They say the upper of the original Air Jordan 14 is made of absolute full-grain leather.
  • The outsole rubber needs constant wiping in order to grip court floors well according to many users.
  • A handful of testers say that the Air Jordan 14 lacks ventilation just like other Air Jordan models.
  • The asymmetrical cut of the ankle collar gives plenty of wearers a bothering push to the ankle.
  • Several buyers dislike the plastic bar at the top of the tongue because it rubs and irritates the ankle.
  • A few users claim these performance high-top basketball sneakers are quite heavy.

Bottom line

The Air Jordan 14 Retro is still a performing basketball shoe even if it does not have the exact upper and midsole components of the original release. The shoe model is recommended for guards and forwards because of its cushioning setup. Even so, $190 is a little too much. Air Jordan and other brands have a list of great basketball shoes with better rates.

But if you have so much love for Michael Jordan, this retro pair is a trophy for your collection.

Facts

Expert Reviews

74 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 | The Sole Brothers | | Level 5 expert

    The best Jordan I played in.

  • 70 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    I think that these are really really fun to play in, still one my favorite Jordans to hoop in personally.

  • 70 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    I personally love playing in these. Always have and always will.

  • 84 / 100 | SoleCollector | | Level 1 expert

    While a few specs and details of the XIV may still hold up in today’s era of lightweight- and synthetic-driven sneakers, the old fashioned leather and suede body of the shoe, coupled with a seriously flawed and unfaithful reproduction process, means the shoe will fall a bit short of your on-court expectations.

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Originally at $150, the Air Jordan 14 was first released on October 31, 1998. Inspired by Michael Jordan’s Ferrari F355F1, the shoe is designed by Tinker Hatfield to be light, sharp, and quick. In Hatfield’s sketch, it says “SHOE AS CAR OR CAR AS SHOE.” The shoe turns out to be the most comfortable among all Air Jordan models. The first release had both mid-top and low-top versions in eight colorways. In the Air Jordan family, the 14 is the first to have the same number of Jumpman logos as the version number.

The “Last Shot” is the most famous colorway of the Air Jordan 14. The match was between Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz. Both teams at 86 points, the last minute started ticking. In his number 23 jersey and Air Jordan 14 shoes, Michael Jordan scored a shot at exactly six seconds before the game ended. The last shot drove the Chicago Bulls to an epic victory.

The Air Jordan 14 Retro is worn by NBA superstars Jared Sullinger, Monta Ellis, and Dwyane Wade. It features a full-length Phylon with Air units for a responsive cushioning. The durable upper and its overlays are made of leather. The outsole boasts with thick rubber compound and a herringbone traction pattern.

Jordan and Nike are the leaders when it comes to the re-release of basketball shoes. Renditions of the 1st Michael Jordan athletic sneakers never stop coming for shoe fanatics. In 2018, the first Nike Kobe Bryant shoe is retroed as the Zoom Protro 1.

Cushion. The responsiveness of the Air Jordan 14 Retro comes from the full-length Phylon midsole with Air units at the forefoot and heel. The Air unit at the forefoot provides a low-to-the-ground feel for quick cuts and crosses. As for the one at the heel, it absorbs impact. The thermo polyurethane torsional plate completes the setup by providing a smooth heel-to-toe transition and that much needed stability upon landing.

Traction. The outsole of the Air Jordan 14 Retro features a herringbone traction pattern with thick grooves. The grooves help with the court grip. The durable rubber compound is designed to withstand both indoor and outdoor courts.

Length and Width. Many reviewers agree that the Air Jordan 14 Retro comes in the standard length and width. They advise new shoe buyers to go true to their Air Jordan size for a comfortable fit. They recommend doubling the socks if after the break-in period, the leather upper starts to soften. Wearers with wide feet are advised to choose their true size, break in the shoe, and see if the fit is comfortable. They can also directly go half a size up.

Lockdown. To keep the foot in place, the Air Jordan 14 Retro utilizes the traditional lace-up system. The tongue has loops at the middle to prevent it from going to one side during movement.

The upper of the Air Jordan 14 Retro is made of leather. It has leather overlays for flexibility and added durability. Instead of a rubber outrigger, the signature shoe has EVA foam on the sides for  lateral support.

The Air Jordan 14 Retro is available for both men and women, and in mid-top and low-top versions. Seven Jumpman logos are on each shoe, making it 14 when both shoes are considered. The asymmetrical collar and bar at the top of the tongue make the Air Jordan 14 unique. Both sides of the shoe has a Jumpman that takes after some elements of the Ferrari logo.

The 1998 original release of the Air Jordan 14 came in eight colorways of which three are for the low-top models. Some colorways from the OG list are re-released in 2005 onwards. Listed below are the different colorways of Air Jordan 14 Retro:

Air Jordan 14 OG

1998: Black Toe. The Black Toe colorway is a white upper with black leather overlays. It has grey and red accents.

1998: White, black, and varsity red. It is a white pair with red leather overlays and black accent.

1999: Oxidized Green. It is a white pair with black leather overlays and dark green accent.

1999: Last Shot. The Last Shot colorway is a black upper with red accents.

1999: Indiglo. The Indiglo colorway has a black upper with white outsole and indiglo accent.

Air Jordan 14 Retro

2000: UNC. UNC is a white pair with carolina blue overlays and black accent.

2005: Graphite Chartreuse. The Graphite Chartreuse is a grey pair with black overlays and yellow green accent.

2005: White Chartreuse. The White Chartreuse is a white pair with black overlays and yellow green accent.

2005: Forest. The Forest colorway is a white pair with deep forest overlays and yellow green accent.

2005: Cinder. The Cinder colorway is a white pair with dark cinder overlays and chutney accent.

2005: Redwood. The Redwood colorway is a black pair with accents of metallic silver, light graphite, and redwood.

2006: Nubuck. The Nubuck colorway is a black pair with university blue overlays and metallic silver accent.

2006: Collezione 'CDP'. The Collezione 'CDP' is a black colorway with white and red accents.

2006: Graphite Navy. The Graphite Navy is a grey colorway with accents of midnight navy, black, and white.

2006: Candy Cane. The Candy Cane colorway is a white pair with red overlays and black accent.

2006: Thunder. The Thunder colorway is a black pair with vibrant yellow overlays and white accent.

2014: Sport Blue. The Sport Blue colorway is a grey pair with white and sport blue accents.

2014: Ferrari. The Ferrari colorway is a challenge red pair with black, grey, and vibrant yellow accents.

2016: White, black, oxidized green, legend blue, and metallic silver.

2017: Black and metallic gold.

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