Verdict from +100 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Comfortable: A large sum of satisfied buyers say the Jordan Proto-React is suitable for long walks.  
  • Cushy: Some wearers compare the softness of its React sole to a walk on the cloud.
  • Breathable: Quite many users find it surprising that this shoe doesn’t keep their foot sweaty.
  • Light: Its upper makes it significantly less heavy than the usual Jordans remakes. 
  • Water-resistant: Its shroud-like cover keeps the foot dry from water moisture, some say.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Narrow collar: To a couple of users, this shoe is built with a tight opening.  
  • Shapeless: Some Jordan fanatics think that the upper is too soft and creases easily. 
  • Short laces: It’s a challenge tying up its laces as they lack length, as shared by a few buyers.

Bottom line

Proto-React is an oddball to the more common b-ball inspired retro Jordan shoes. If you dig wearing sneakers that hold some resemblance with utility shoes in a flimsy bootie-like assembly, then this Jumpman kick might suit you well.

Aside from its form - or the lack of it - purchasers are hands down when it comes to underfoot comfort. The feel of the Nike React bottom spells heavenly. 

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Jordan Proto-React: Not your usual Jumpman kick

The Jumpman brand team took a different route when it drafted the Proto-React. Unlike the traditional retroed Jordan sneakers, the Jordan Proto-React takes on a fresh form. Its upper is wrapped with a spacesuit-inspired cover and a foot-hugging inner bootie. 

Key benefits:

  • Durable Nike React foam embedded in the sole for plush underfoot comfort 
  • A light and flexible shroud upper for easier movement 
  • Internal stretch bootie that delivers a snug feel
  • Built with hook-and-loop closure and a heel strap for a tight fit
  • An exaggerated outsole that offers good traction

Jordan Proto-React vis-a-vis its contemporaries

Jordan Proto-Max 720 is a Jumpman shoe with the Air Max 720 sole. Similar to the Jordan-Proto React, it grabs a utilitarian aesthetic using a shroud upper and sock-like inner sleeve. Be ready to shell out a bit more on the Air Max 720 version compared to the Proto-React.

Jordan Apex React, an Air Jordan 1 Flyknit resembling kick that flaunts the same responsive cushioning unit found in the Jordan Proto-React. It’s one of the Jordan high-top sneakers priced a bit higher than the Proto-React.


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