Summary

We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Some shoe owners claim that the Jordan Jumpman Z is a great on-court performer because of the herringbone that covers the full length of its rubber outsole.
  • A good number of shoppers fancy the colorways of these mid-top basketball shoes. They say that the shoes will definitely look great for casual wear.
  • Many users notice that these Jordan basketball shoes have better tongues than their predecessor. The tongue is soft and does not pinch the skin.
  • A lot of reviewers observe that the shoe model is true to size.
  • Several testers are happy that the Jordan Jumpman Z has perforations in the toe box. It helps wick away moisture.
  • The silhouette of these Jordan basketball shoe is adored by so many wearers because of its sophistication.
  • Most Jordan Jumpman Z owners mention that the Air units in the midsole provide a good amount of comfort.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of buyers complain that the Jordan Jumpman Z is overpriced.
  • Many wearers are disappointed that these Jordan basketball sneakers do not have the same Zoom unit midsole technology as the Air Jordan 14.
  • According to a small number of users, the materials used in the upper are not court-friendly. They say that they are not that flexible for balling.
  • A couple of Jordan Jumpman Z reviewers claim that with a double lockdown setup, the leather upper will not stretch and fit wearers with wider feet.
  • There are a few that leave comments that the Jordan brand designed such an unattractive shoe. They say the Jordan Jumpman Z is a shoe only older men will wear.

Bottom line

Overall, the Jordan Jumpman Z is better as a casual shoe than a performance one. Tipping off at $160, the leather, mesh, and nubuck uppers of these kicks are better off for special events. They will surely keep the legs and muscles stress free all day. It’s quite pricey for a basketball shoe; but if you’re buying it as a collector’s item, it is definitely worth it.

Facts

Through the years, the Jordan brand has established great lines of signature shoes.One of these is the Jumpman series.

The Jordan brand became a separate entity from Nike in the 90s. The first Jumpman was worn by Ray Allen in 1996, and it hit stores in 1997. The succeeding famous Jumpman shoes are the Jumpman Pro Shake, Jumpman Team Pro 2, Jumpman Team Flow, Jumpman Quick 6, Jumpman Swift 6, Jumpman Pro Quick, Jumpman Pro Strong, Jumpman Team Pro 1, and Jumpman Team I.

The Jordan Jumpman Z is a much more modern shoe that is inspired by the classic Air Jordan 14. It features different types of uppers which include leather, textile, and nubuck. As part of its modification, its lacing system is overlapped with a diagonal midfoot shroud. The toe box has perforations for breathability and the tongue is padded. The shoe does not come with an outrigger; instead, both sides of the Jordan Jumpman Z has EVA foam for stability. For court grip and control, the solid rubber outsole features a full-length herringbone traction pattern. The TPU plate at the midfoot helps with transitions. It also provides stability upon landing.

Cushion. The Air Jordan 14 comes with an articulated Zoom Air unit at the forefoot and a regular Zoom Air unit at the heel. The Jordan Jumpman Z, for its part, has a modified setup. It comes with encapsulated Air-Sole units embedded in its Phylon midsole. For a nice heel-to-toe transition, the midfoot comes with a thermo polyurethane torsional plate. This plate also ensures a precise and stable landing.

Traction. The traction pattern and embellishments on the rubber outsole of the Jordan Jumpman Z are the exact replica of what can be found on the Air Jordan 14. The only missing detail is the ‘XIV’ in the forefoot. The herringbone traction pattern has grooves that are thick and give wearers great control on any court floor.

Length and Width. The Air Jordan 14 is reported to be true to size. Even so, those with wide feet are advised to fit the shoe prior to the purchase. Because the dual lockdown system of these Jordan basketball shoes, the upper material barely stretches. Wide-footers might fit in them well after break-in time.

Lockdown. To secure the foot, the Jordan Jumpman Z comes with an overlapping shroud in the midfoot. Beneath the shroud is a standard lace-up system. Just like the Air Jordan 14, the Jumpman Z comes with EVA foam on the sides for support and stability. For a more comfortable fit, the textile tongue is well-padded.

Depending on the colorway, the upper of the Jordan Jumpman Z is made of nubuck, mesh, and leather. The toe box is perforated to keep the foot dry at all times. The shoe comes with a dainty pull tab.

Inspired by the the Air Jordan 14, the Jordan Jumpman Z is designed as a luxury shoe. Its upper has an asymmetrical zipper closure on top of its standard lace-up system. The silhouette of the shoe looks futuristic and sporty at the same time. The heel features a cross-hatch design with an embossed number 23 logo similar to that of the Air Jordan 14.

The visible shank plate at the sides are inspired by the Ferrari’s front grille. Jordan logos are found at the tongue and outsole. The Jordan Jumpman Z’s upper comes in different combinations of nubuck, leather, and/or mesh.

Upon its release, the Jordan Jumpman Z is available in four colorways–Black/Red, Navy, Olive, and White/Purple. The Jordan brand will surely release special and even collaboration colorways.

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