Size and fit

The Jordan Illusion has a cozy fit with plush interior lining with enough room in the toe box for feet movement. The high-top basketball-inspired sneaker is kept secured by round speed laces. Size availability ranges from 6.5 to 14 in medium width for the men.

Jordan Illusion Style

Drawing motivation from the first three Air Jordan designs, the Jordan Illusion sneaker mixes retro inspirations with modern styling that would surely bring good vibes to the lifestyle kick’s patrons. The future of the Air Jordan brand has been secured not only by its retro releases but also of its lifestyle sneakers category that has catapulted the Jordan Illusion to high regard.

Proving that this high-top sneaker gives that serious baller looks, the pimped up styling through fusions of retro detailing and accents to modern detail inputs brings life to this off-court shoe. Take these kicks with the rest of the team while cruising down the busy streets of the metropolis or wear them in your daily casual night outs in typical Air Jordan fashion.

The stylish premium leather material immediately gets Jordan fans hooked with numerous colorways from White, Black, and Gym Red, and University Blue leather and Graphite Blue, Gym Red, French Blue different accents on the laser cut stripes. The premium detailing is further elevated by contrasting heel plates in recognizable Elephant or Animal print patterns. Wear them with baller shorts, track pants or joggers and you’ll be ready with a dressier fashion for your next off-court adventure.

Notable Features

Taking center stage in the overall design of the Jordan Illusion is the distinctive laser-cut pattern on the leather upper’s side panel with geometric patterns and webbing that provides ventilation and breathability to this lifestyle sneaker. Keeping the Air Jordan heritage intact is the encapsulated Air-Sole unit for lightweight cushioning.

Elements from the first three designs from the Nike sub-brand are present in this design that includes the animal or elephant print from the Air Jordan III, round piping at the back from Air Jordan II and the flexible Air Jordan I solid rubber sole with circular patterns.

Jordan Illusion History

Continuing the Air Jordan heritage, the Jordan Illusion is part of the growing lifestyle sneaker portfolio of the footwear brand popularized by the greatest basketball player of all time. The Jordan illusion silhouette is a follow-up to the expensive Air Jordan Shine released in early 2014 with a hefty $400 price tag.

For a fraction of the price, Air Jordan fans were treated with premium detailing and materials for only $105 when the Jordan Illusion was released on November 28, 2014. One of the first lifestyle designs that came from the brand that is known for its Air Jordan series and retros, the Jordan Illusion silhouette comes in a high-top design with a supple leather upper with laser-cut woven stripes and webbing patterns at the sides.  The first colorway that came out is the White/Black-Gym Red colorway and was initially released online and through select retailers.

The design also drew inspiration from previous Air Jordan shoes from the accents and detailing. The new high-top silhouette gives nods to past models like the Air Jordan 3’s iconic elephant or animal print at the heel plate; round piping lifted from the Air Jordan 2, and a slightly altered version of the Air Jordan 1 sole unit with circular patterns for a secure lockdown. It also retained the well-loved encapsulated Air-Sole unit that the brand has been banning since the first Air Jordan sneaker was released in the 1980s.

Additional Info

  • Combination of supple premium leather in the upper with synthetic material overlays at the back.
  • A laser cut webbing wraps on the Jordan Illusion’s side panels for ventilation, midfoot support, and holding the sped laces.
  • The signature Air-Sole unit is encapsulated at the heel for lightweight cushioning.
  • The animal print design is embossed at the back heel plate portion of the sneaker.
  • Outsole branding detail at the back heel and breathable mesh tongue.

Facts / Specs

Top: High
Inspired from: Basketball
Colorways: Black / White / Blue / Red
SKUs: 594062101 / 705141001 / 705141002 / 705141010 / 705141107 / 705141115 / 705141403 / 705141407 / 705141601

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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.