Updates to Jordan Grind

  • The Jordan brand releases the Grind, a running shoe that aims to be a standout with its unique design and colorways. The shoe is ideal for intense training and everyday track runs.
  • It has a lightweight mesh upper that includes synthetic leather panels for durability and support in high-wear areas. A midfoot cage out of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) supports the layout for a steady ride.
  • The one-piece Lunarlon foam in the midsole offers responsive cushioning, shock absorption, and locked-down support. For added flair, the popular Elephant Print is present in the midsole, giving the iconic Jordan look. The outsole is also made of foam for added comfort and compression to the midsole.

Size and fit

The Jordan Grind has a standard running shoe length. Its construction is moderate all throughout; thus, runners with a high foot volume or those who prefer a wide toe splay might find it more comfortable to go a half-size up. The shoe is built for men, and it is available in medium width.


Because it is made of Lunarlon foam, the outsole of the Grind is lightweight and low-profile. There are pods in the strike zones that are isolated from the rest of the outsole, ensuring a higher-level cushioning apart from the other areas. The Lunarlon technology is 30% lighter than conventional Phylon. With this design means the impact is distributed, thus reducing pressure on the foot.


The Lunarlon foam has laser siping for more precise contouring that enhances flexibility. It gives an excellent bounce back, as well as optimal shock absorption compared to other midsole foams. Lunarlon is present in the form of a foam core encased in another foam carrier, therefore allowing twice as much cushioning and springiness. The shoe's successor, the Jordan Grind 2, also features a Lunarlon-core foam.

The Elephant Print is a unique design that is part of almost every shoe in the Jordan brand. It is present in the Grind, embossed around the midsole edges to give the shoe an iconic look.


A thin and lightweight mesh makes up most of the upper of the Jordan Grind to deliver breathability and comfort above all else. There are synthetic leather panels, or “skins,” that accompany the mesh, supplying the shoe with durable and supportive qualities but without adding bulk to the foot.

Another supportive element is the thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) cage found at the midfoot. This feature works double-duty by ensuring a secure yet unrestricted fit, and it also acts as the eyelets of the shoelaces.

A plush tongue and collar equip the shoe with a more customized fit, as they follow the shape of the foot. This adaptive feature also enables a snug fit.

The heel collar has a pull tab that permits taking on and off of the shoe with zero-difficulty. Its simple construction adds to the minimalist yet functional look of the upper.


How Jordan Grind ranks compared to all other shoes
Top 33% road running shoes
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Top 12% Jordan running shoes
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