Verdict from 18 user reviews

12 reasons to buy

  • Several buyers of the Jordan Illusion claim the high-top sneaker felt solid with its supple leather and handsome laser-cut geometric details.
  • A lot of loyal Air Jordan fans appreciated the premium looks and packaging of the sneaker.
  • What further impressed customers are the $105 price of this quality high top kick.
  • In spite of its leather upper, some reviewers say the laser cut slits kept ventilation in the interiors cool while the lace webbing ads a layer of support on the sides.
  • Many fans say the new lifestyle sneaker is well-constructed including the high grip and traction white rubber outsole and midsole that reminds them of the iconic Air Jordan I.
  • Solid colorways and contrasting accents made the sneaker stylish, some reviewers posted.
  • The encapsulated Air-Sole unit provides lightweight and responsive cushioning for this basketball-inspired sneaker.
  • Interiors of this off-court sneaker are plush and comfy according to several wearers.
  • Some of its fans say the webbing pattern at the midfoot and mesh material at tongue helps a lot in securing a lockdown to the ground.
  • A few critics find the use of different Air Jordan signature prints and patterns at the heel counter adds to the overall pimped up kicks of this lifestyle shoe.
  • In spite of its handsome looks, a handful of users say the Jordan Illusion is flexible with its deep flex grooves and circular patterns at the outsole.
  • The full range and availability of colorways for this Air Jordan kick made customers consider buying a pair.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers find the lace webbing at the side to be a lookalike of Adidas except it has four stripes in variable
  • A lot of users commented that the high-top design made it stiff compared to the low-top version of the Jordan Illusion which allows them to move without the high collar limiting movement.
  • The lace stripes on the side that holds the round speed laces do not deliver enough tension to keep the laces resulting in a loose fit when laces are pulled.

Bottom line

Compared to the earlier released Jordan Shine sneaker that is difficult to cop and overly priced, the Jordan Illusion came to picture as the brand’s way of giving the public a chance to cop a comfortable pair of kicks at a fraction of the cost.

The overall look does not come out as cheap as it reflects premium styling from the supple leather upper with laser cut geometric patterns on the side panel.

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Good to know

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.

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.


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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.