Verdict from 5 experts and 14 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Similar to the Air Jordan 1 Retro High, most of the wearers of the shoe notice that the Super.Fly 5 offers good ankle support.
  • The shoe is well ventilated because of its mesh upper, shares several commenters.
  • The shoe's fit is said to be the highlight of the shoe.
  • Many reviewers love the soft inner podular ankle pads since they make their ankles feel “extremely comfortable.” They also give the shoe a snug fit.
  • Although nothing special, the traction is dependable and works well when needed. Players have the same comment about the Hyperdunk X’s traction.
  • For some players, the Phylon midsole does well in providing impact protection.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The majority of users have an issue with the Super.Fly 5’s tongue. They complain that whenever they don’t wear high socks, the tongue scratches and rubs on their skin, wounding their lower shin. Some owners resorted to trimming the tongue to ease the pain.
  • A couple of testers do not like that the shoe does not have any midfoot plate since this type of setup sometimes causes plantar fasciitis.
  • Several wearers note that the shoe runs small and narrow. One says that “it was tough getting the back of my foot into the shoe."

Bottom line

Reviews of the Jordan Super.Fly 5 vary as some regular wearers think that the shoe is a hit while most expert reviewers feel that the shoe is nothing special. They say that for a retail price of $150, the shoe’s techs are not worth it, adding that they could already get a better shoe with more premium features at a cheaper rate.

However, the shoe is still a dependable sneaker to play ball in. If the shoe sells below retail, then it’s an easy cop.

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Good to know

Inspired by Blake Griffin’s high-flying game, the Jordan Super.Fly 5 boasts a 360° lockdown. The shoe has a soft internal heel cup that feels like pillows on the feet. It also has an advanced lacing system attached to it.

Cushion. An oval Zoom Air unit is embedded in the forefoot area of the Phylon midsole. The unit provides low-profile responsiveness that assists the foot during take-off.

Traction. The outsole is made up of quadrilateral patterns that run from the toe to the heel. Taking the shape of a foot, the pattern densifies in pressure points, adding extra grip for the foot.

Length and Width. It is advised for new buyers to go with their regular Jordan basketball shoe size since the Super.Fly 5 runs true to size.

Lockdown. The shoe’s fit is superior as the stiff mesh upper conforms well to the foot after breaking it in. Two of the lace loops near the shoe’s opening are fastened to a cord that is attached to the foam system at the back. When tightened, the lacing system securely straps the foot to the footbed while the Super Fly 5’s podular heel cup prevents backward slips.

The SF5 features stiff mesh with fuse overlays in the forefoot that gradually seams into a soft synthetic material at the heel. A podular heel foam system is implemented in the ankle area, providing a plush backseat for those hardworking trotters.

An ortholite insole is added to ensure that each step is comfortable.  The midsole has a Phylon heel cushion and an oval Zoom Air unit at the forefoot. The outsole uses a solid yet pliable rubber.

The Jordan Super.Fly 5 features a classic mid-top basketball shoe silhouette. The combination of stiff mesh and soft synthetics with stitch detailing on the sides brings personality to the sneaker. The Jumpman logo and a “SUPER.FLY” call-out is printed onto the tongue. Two other Jumpman logos are on both sides of the heel.

The SF5 has been released in more than seven colorways ranging from gray, black, red, and blue. Some colorways feature two-color combinations such as the “Green Glow” colorway that comes in black and seafoam green and the Red/Blue colorway that the shoe originally debuted in.


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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.