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The Jordan Ultra Fly has a wavy tread pattern on the sole. The texture of the sole reminds me of high-end Jordan signature shoes; that clear-type sole that makes that squeaking sound with the slightest steps on the gym floor.

It is very hard to find a shoe with this sole material under $100, when on sale. I never played outside in these and for months they have been oh-so dependable. Eventually, the treads will wear down and they are not super deep.

 

Fit

There is not a lot of fancy transitions in the upper of the Jordan Ultra Fly. What you get, when inspecting in hand, is a kind of like a mesh fabric bootie surrounded by this rubber web texture. It almost resembles a camouflage.

I will admit it does not contour and hold its shape. But on foot and in games, I never had any complaints about it. It was easy to put on and it reacted the way I needed to when making moves. It's not tight or too loose, at least not with my foot.

 

Weight

Jordan Ultra Fly is average in weight. The materials feel lightweight and obviously, the heaviest part of the shoe is the sole. When I think of the weight of a shoe, I'm only hesitant to play in it when I feel like it's going to hold me back. Never felt like I lost a step in these.

Materials

For what this shoe lacks in the way it fits, it doubles in durability! The Jordan Ultra Fly has the rubber web texture on the outside of the mesh that surrounds your foot inside.

I never had any signs of wear on these shoes, other than the sole. I'm looking at this shoe and these are like tanks. Maybe I just got lucky. But from the heel to the toe, I am looking for signs of wear and I don't see any. My sister's pair has some discoloration here and there from dust because the inner is white. But same thing, visibly the same as out of the box.

Cushion

It's apparent when looking at the bottom of the shoe that there is a Nike air-sole unit in the forefoot. The Jordan Ultra-fly is comfortable for working out and games in my opinion.

The cushion is alright. I fly around when I play and I can honestly say my feet never hurt after playing in these.

 

Support

The lacing on the Jordan Ultra Fly is typical eyelets, nothing fancy.

The shoe covers the ankle and while it does not have a lot of reinforcement in the heel area, I still felt secure. High School and older players that may have a heavier frame, power forwards/centers, could see this as a setback. For myself, it was sufficient. That has to be a judgment call when you try it on.

Super satisfied with the Jordan Ultra fly!

Once you get over the design/look of the shoe and accept it, you will be impressed.

The Jordan Ultra Fly performs very well compared to many shoes that are more expensive. And the biggest jewel is the traction. This is another great performance shoe by Jordan.

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Basketball is part of my daily life. I pretty much hoop 6 days a week, sometimes 7 days. I'm 6'6 so all of my reviews are based on a size 14 shoe, its weight, traction, durability. I play positions 1 through 4, so performance-wise I really put shoes to the test. As of 10/25/2018, my current rotation is between Jordan XX9 Low and Lebron Soldier XII Zoom SFG.

Profile of the Jordan Ultra.Fly

Step on the hardwood in style and comfort with these mid-top basketball shoes from Jordan Brand. Inspired by Michael Jordan’s “Black Cat” nickname, the Jordan Ultra.Fly boasts a unique Kurim cage that provides enhanced support and stability. A forefoot Zoom Air unit delivers responsive cushioning that lasts all game long.

Performance

Cushion. Made for dynamic players, the Jordan Ultra.Fly is equipped with a Phylon midsole with an articulated Nike Zoom Air unit at the forefoot. The nine-chamber Zoom Air unit enhances energy distribution for added responsiveness. The Zoom Air unit also has flex grooves that allow it to move with the foot.

Traction. These Jordan basketball shoes’ rubber outsoles are finished off with a wave traction pattern for increased grip and stability on a variety of surfaces.

Fit

Length and Width. According to reports, these mid-top basketball shoes from Jordan Brand fit perfectly. Testers suggest going true to size when ordering the Jordan Ultra.Fly.

Lockdown. The Jordan Ultra.Fly is equipped with rope laces that lock the foot firmly in place. These basketball shoes also have an internal heel counter and a Kurim cage that enhances support and containment.

Material

The main feature of the Jordan Ultra.Fly is its Kurim and mesh upper. The shoe’s synthetic mesh upper is fitted with a lightweight yet durable Kurim cage for maximum stability and breathability.

The strategically placed Kurim material acts as a second skin; providing both flexibility and support. A mesh inner sleeve hugs the foot; delivering a sock-like fit.

Style

Inspired by Michael’s “Black Cat” persona, the Jordan Ultra.Fly’s Kurim overlay manages to create a leopard print aesthetic that adds character to the shoe’s silhouette. These Jordan basketball shoes also boast a unique U-throat design for added style.

Special Colorways of the Jordan Ultra.Fly

The Jordan Ultra.Fly made its on-court debut on the feet of NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler. These men’s mid-top basketball shoes from Jordan Brand is sold in the following color combinations:

  • Black/Concord-Anthracite-White ‘Space Jam’
  • Black/Reflect Silver-Hyper Turquoise ‘Hyper Turquoise’
  • Black/Reflective Silver/Infrared 23
  • Black/Reflective Silver-White
  • Gym Red/Black/Infrared 23
  • Midnight Navy/Reflective Silver/University Blue
  • Obsidian/Infrared 23/Deep Royal Blue ‘USA’
  • White/Gym Red/Black
  • White/Metallic Coppercoin/Black

Facts / Specs

Weight: 13oz
Top: Mid
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Black / Grey / Red / Blue
SKUs: 834268001 / 834268002 / 834268004 / 834268006 / 834268010 / 834268101 / 834268113 / 834268305 / 834268406 / 834268602

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Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

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.