Profile of the Air Jordan 20

The Air Jordan 20 was originally released in 2005, which marked the 20th year of the Air Jordan series. Designer Tinker Hatfield returned and teamed up with Michael Jordan himself to work on this shoe.  This is Hatfield’s first Air Jordan after the 15.

The shoe features the exclusive Independent Podular Suspension (IPS) technology in the midsole. It is said to provide impact protection and prevent stress on the knees. The outsole has a combination of traction patterns working together to provide an amazing stopping power. The strap doubles the foot containment the shoelaces already provide.

The leather upper of the Air Jordan 20 features a dynamic change in design. The important events in the life of Michael Jordan and the Jordan brand are told through the lasered graphics on the strap of the midfoot and the numbers on the rear panel.

As for those who are not fans of the ankle strap of this shoeb but love to rock high-tops, they can switch to either the first Michael Jordan hoop sneaker or the eleventh Jordan signature shoe.


Cushion. The midsole of the Air Jordan 20 features a new exclusive technology called I.P.S. or Independent Podular Suspension. These are ten foam pods strategically placed in key areas. With a Phylon carrier, this setup absorbs impact and delivers responsiveness. The heel-to-toe transition is also smooth and comfortable because of the arch support that the midfoot shank provides. The inside of the shoe is lined with memory foam pads for comfort.

Traction. Depending on the colorway, the Air Jordan 20 has either a solid or translucent rubber outsole. The outsole features herringbone in strategically placed circles. Areas not covered by the herringbone are covered with deep and widely spaced diagonal grooves. The said traction pattern works well on clean and indoor courts.


Length and Width. The Air Jordan 20 is said to come in the average width and length, but most wearers still advise new buyers with normal-sized feet to go down half a size to achieve a snug fit. Those with wider feet can go true to size.

Lockdown. The Air Jordan 20 is actually a two-layered shoe. It has an inner sleeve that anchors the shoelaces and an outer synthetic layer that gives the shoe its form. The shoe also has a uniquely designed ankle leash that allows at least two support variations. To use it as a free-floating strap, the leash can be left anchored only on the heel. For a true mid-top feel, the leash can also be anchored using the flip-up tab on the tongue-top. This setup provides flexibility and mobility.


The upper of the Air Jordan 20 has two layers. The inner sleeve is where the shoelaces with stylish chrome aglets are anchored. The out layer is made of synthetic leather, and it has a midfoot strap. The asymmetrical toe cap helps protect the shoe from occasional toe drags.


The Air Jordan 20 is a shoe with a story to tell. The lasered graphics on the upper represent aspects of the life of Michael Jordan and the Air Jordan brand. The numbers on the heel counter have the following meanings:

  • 123456. The “123456” represent the six championship rings that Michael Jordan had won while playing for the Chicago Bulls.
  • 85. The number “85” stands for 1985, the year the Jordan brand is born.
  • 2005. The number “2005” represent the 20th year of the Air Jordan line.
  • 20. The number “20” of course stands for the shoe’s model number.
  • 23. The number “23” stands for Michael Jordan’s jersey number.

The twenty herringbone pods on the outsole celebrate the 20th anniversary of the shoe. It is reported that the design of the Air Jordan 20 is inspired by 6 different Jordan shoe models. The Jumpman logo is found on the heel counter and the tongue.

Facts / Specs

Weight: 398g
Top: High
Signature: Michael Jordan
Lockdown: Strap, Lace-Up
Collection: Air Jordan
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: White / Black

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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.