Who should buy the Jordan Black Cat

The Jordan Black Cat sneaker, one of Jordan’s casual kicks, is an excellent addition to your sneaker collection if you:

  • Are looking for affordable Jordan sneakers
  • Want an everyday Jordan trainer that can still be used on the court

Jordan Black Cat side profile and jumpman

Who should NOT buy the Jordan Black Cat

While the Jordan Black Cat is a great pair, some of you might want to consider getting a different model if you have another requirement.

Cop the Air Jordan 1 Gore-Tex instead if you want a model that is great for the cold season. If you want a lighter iteration, which you can use on and off the basketball court, check out the Jordan Max Aura 3.

Jordan Black Cat upper

Black Cat vs. Air Jordan 13

Compared to the Air Jordan 13, the Black Cat:

  • is designed with a midfoot cross-strap that assures stability
  • is shorter and has a slimmer profile
  • has a triangle hologram logo that is far different from the cat-eye shaped accent in the AJ13
  • is using ballistic mesh in the upper as opposed to the full rubber material in the 1997 shoe
  • has an outsole that is also rendered in a popping glow in the dark that sets it apart beautifully at night
  • has a lower cut than the AJ 13

Jordan Black Cat low cut

Despite these differences, the inspiration of the Air Jordan 13 is quite evident in the aesthetic of the Jordan Black Cat. Several Jordan fans even say that its similarities with the retro Air Jordan 13 made them highly sought after.

The Jordan Black Cat will make you feel secured

The shoe has a hidden lacing system and a midfoot cross-strap that ensures secure lockdown and foot stability. 

Jordan Black Cat hidden laces

Many reviewers praise the stability of the shoe as provided by the midfoot cross straps.

Jordan Black Cat midfoot strap

Casual sneaker with a grip of a basketball shoe

Offered in several colorways, the Jordan Black Cat sneaker was initially launched in Bred colorway. The Jordan Black Cat Bred has a Black and Red combination with hits of glow-in-the-dark green at the sole.

Adding visual pop to the Jordan Black Cat swagger is the glow-in-the-dark outsole and Air Jordan 13-inspired aesthetics. 

Jordan Black Cat glow in the dark

As this shoe comes more as a lifestyle sneaker that can still muster a few moves on the court, it is the perfect kick to cop for those who do hoops on the side and still prefer wearing the shoe while doing other activities outside the basketball court.

Most wearers find the colorways, particularly the Bred colorway, very easy to style. And several players gave positive remarks on the grip and traction of the shoe that are beneficial during games.

Jordan Black Cat outsole traction

Comfortable cushioning of the Jordan Black Cat

The shoe has a Zoom Air unit at the back heel, and a Phylon midsole aims for lightweight cushioning. However, some buyers commented that it would have been better if designers added Zoom Air cushioning on the front part of the shoe.

Jordan Black Cat midsole

Still, a couple of reviewers gave it 5-stars because it was ultra-comfortable.

Identifying the Jordan Black Cat

The Jumpman logo is at the triangle hologram at the back heel and the insole.

Jordan Black Cat jumpman

Jordan’s “23” is also placed at the midfoot cross strap.

Jordan Black Cat 23

Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Nike Zoom Air
Closure: Laces, Velcro
Material: Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric
Technology: Phylon, Air Cushion

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.