Verdict from 12 user reviews

11 reasons to buy

  • Original owners of the Jordan Jumpman Pro Strong are happy that the brand re-released the shoe in better materials.
  • The combination of Phylon and Zoom at the forefoot provide wearers a comfortable ride.
  • A lot of buyers claim that these high-top shoes for basketball are true to size.
  • The outsole rubber of the Jumpman Pro Strong is a beast. Many wearers use the shoe for outdoor basketball games for months, but the rubber still does not show any sign of wear and tear.
  • According to several reviewers, the wrapped midsole gives a nice and decent touch to the design.
  • The piping and the stitches on the leather overlays are unique and aesthetically appealing, say a large number of users.
  • Some buyers leave comments that the leather upper feels premium.
  • Most Jordan athletic basketball shoe owners love the clean design of the Jordan Jumpman Pro Strong.
  • The Jumpman Pro Strong is preferred by bigger and heavier players.
  • Most sneaker fanatics appreciate the different colorways of the shoe model.
  • The retro release of the Jumpman Pro Strong gives a good sense of nostalgia to those who watched Vin Baker play years ago.

2 reasons not to buy

  • At least two buyers are disappointed that the original technologies of the Jordan Jumpman Pro Strong are missing.
  • It is a typical 90s shoe with less ventilation, remark some users.

Bottom line

The Jordan Jumpman Pro Strong is a good performance and casual shoe. This all-time classic shoe is still a beast on court. Even with the change in heel cushioning, many still love the comfortable ride that it offers. As for sneaker fanatics, these shoes deserve to be a part of their collection as one of the all-time favorite of the 90s.

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Good to know

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Jordan Jumpman Pro Strong is re-released in 2018 as a retro. The first retro release was in 2010.

Changes are made to the new version of the shoe model. The original version these Michael Jordan basketball sneakers has a herringbone traction pattern, full-grain leather upper, Phylon midsole, Zoom units at the forefoot and the heel, and a carbon fiber midfoot shank. The 2018 version is similar to the original except for the lack of Zoom units at the heel and the replacement of the carbon fiber shank with a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) shank.

The Jordan Jumpman Pro Strong was considered as one of the best non-signature shoes in the 90s. It was worn by the likes of All-Star forward Vin Baker and shooting guard Ray Allen, who is one of the first players to receive a signature shoe from the Jordan brand. The shoe model was known as the "Poor Man's Air Jordan 13" because of the design similarities.

People for sure are reminded of the comparison between the Jumpman Pro Strong and the Air Jordan 13. From the unique pipings and stitches that are new back then, and how amazing the leather overlays were.

Like other reconstructed Jordan shoe models, the Jumpman Pro Strong is a great shoe to strut in. When it comes to on-court performance, athletes prefer to pick recently released basketball shoes. Around the same price point, Adidas easily takes over with the Harden Volume 3 powered by its full-length Boost. If Zoom cushioning is much preferred, Nike offers Kobe Bryant’s 2018 Exodus.

Cushion. The responsiveness of the Jordan Jumpman Pro Strong comes from the Phylon carrier with a Zoom unit at the forefoot and an air sole at the heel. The midfoot area has a TPU shank to ensure stability and a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

Traction. The outsole of the Jordan Jumpman Pro Strong features a herringbone traction pattern that come in segments, providing a good stopping power and court grip. The thick outsole rubber is meant to withstand both indoor and outdoor courts. The exaggerated midsole serves as an outrigger for stability upon landing.

Length and Width. Jordan designs basketball sneakers in the standard lengths and widths. True enough, the majority of the reviewers claim that the Jumpman Pro Strong is true to size, so they advise new buyers to go for the size that they usually get. As for those with wider feet, they are advised to go up half a size, or fit the shoe first before buying.

Lockdown. The Jordan Jumpman Pro Strong utilizes the traditional lacing system. The tightness of the rope-like shoelaces and tongue can be adjusted to achieve a comfortable fit. The inner side of the shoe and the tongue is well-padded to provide a comfortable and supportive hug to the ankle.

The upper of the Jordan Jumpman Pro Strong is made of durable and synthetic leather. The side panels are padded for a comfortable fit. The shoe also has stylized stitches that give the shoe a wavy appeal.

The high-top Jordan Jumpman Pro Strong is a great casual shoe. The simple design and vivid hues of the shoe are head turners on the street. These fantastic-looking sneakers are best paired with shorts. The beauty of the shoe catches the eye best when worn with ankle socks.

The side panels of the shoe have pipings for an aesthetic appeal. At the forefoot area, the Jumpman logo is found superimposed with an “S,” which stands for “Strong.” The tongue has a vertical “JORDAN” callout. The rear panel has the prestigious Jumpman logo.

Two decades ago, the Jordan Jumpman Pro Strong was released only in two colorways: the Seattle Supersonics white, black, and green, and a USA edition in white, red, and blue.

The current release of the Jumpman Pro Strong comes in at least five colorways.

Black colorway. This particular colorway is for the Los Angeles All Star Weekend event. The black insole has white and gold prints that allude to the map of Los Angeles.

Gym Red. The black upper has a white midsole and outsole. The sides have red leather panels.


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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.