Our verdict


The Air Jordan XXII is a nice follow-up to the Air Jordan XXI. Basketball players are impressed with the performance enhancements that are implemented on the shoe. With its grip, lockdown and support, there's no wonder why this Air Jordan shoe is among the best Air Jordan shoe for basketball.


  • Superb for balling
  • Grippy outsole
  • Perfect for outdoor plays
  • Comfortable fit
  • Excellent lockdown and support
  • Well-ventilated
  • Customizable cushioning


  • Unnatural interchangeable IPS cushioning
  • Too expensive

Who should buy the Air Jordan 22

This Air Jordan basketball shoe is a good match for you if:

  • You want a shoe that can withstand rough outdoor courts
  • You are after a pair that's well-ventilated so your feet can breathe throughout the game

Air Jordan 22 logo

Who should not buy the Air Jordan 22

Overall, the AJ 22 is a solid on-court performer; however, at $175, its price is just too high for some buyers. You might want to check out cheaper basketball shoes such as the Jordan Zoom Separate and the Clyde Court Disrupt.

Air Jordan 22 midsole

Customizable cushioning

The Air Jordan 22 has a low-profile Phylon midsole that works with the customizable IPS cushioning technology. Similar to the Air Jordan XXI, Jordan fans are not impressed with the interchangeable IPS cushioning at the heel. Several commented that it's just too targeted and feels unnatural. 

Air Jordan 22 collar

Explaining the interchangeable cushioning pods

The IPS technology of AJ 22 features a visible, color-coded pillar with either double-stacked Zoom Air or Encapsulated Air. Depending on their preference, players can modify the cushioning by interchanging the pods. They can choose between the shock-absorbing Encapsulated Air pillar or the responsive double-stacked Zoom Air pillar.

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Great grip on indoor and outdoor courts

A good number of basketball players are impressed with the shoe's grip, commenting that it sticks to the floor well and only requires minimal wiping. Several also mentioned that this pair is perfect for outdoor courts as it can withstand rough surfaces.

Air Jordan 22 outsole

This makes sense since the Air Jordan 22 has a clear rubber outsole with herringbone tread for traction. It also features strategically placed solid rubber pods with a chevron-shaped traction pattern that enhances multidirectional grip.

Comfortable fit

The Air Jordan XX2 provides a comfortable one-to-one fit, according to several players. Hoopers are advised to order their actual size when ordering online.

Air Jordan 22 side

Impressive lockdown system

Several hoopers are pleased that this shoe holds their foot in place, offers extended support, and prevents heel rolls. All this goodness is because of the combined work of the shoe's variable-speed lacing system with titanium-coated eyelets, a durable titanium lace-lock, and a lightweight diamond-shaped heel.

Air Jordan 22 shoe side

Instead of carbon fiber, this shoe has the first-ever titanium shank plank for arch support and midfoot stability.

Breathability at its finest

When it comes to breathability, hoopers have nothing but praise for Air Jordan 22. With its full-grain leather upper, TPU vents, and breathable tongue, this shoe can effectively withstand heat.

Air Jordan 22 toebox

For enhanced breathability and comfort, these basketball shoes also feature a seamless construction with a foam-backed collar and triangular quilting on the tongue.

Style of the Air Jordan 22

Inspired by the F-22 Raptor’s maneuverability, the Air Jordan XXII’s design incorporates aggressive lines that mimic the fighter jet’s flight pattern. A reflective camouflage and radar-inspired stitching complete the shoe’s battle-ready look.

Other signature details include a visible Jumpman logo on the tongue and a hidden Jumpman logo on the heel cover that can only be seen at certain angles.

Air Jordan 22: Colorways

The Air Jordan XX2 (high-top) only had four original colorways.

  • Original Basketball Leather/Game Shoes Edition (Black/Black)
  • Original Omega (White/Varsity Red – Black)
  • Original Black/Varsity Red – Metallic Silver
  • Original White/Varsity Red – Black

A year later, a retro colorway was released as part of the Countdown Pack (CDP).

  • Air Jordan 22 (XX2 or XXII) Retro – Countdown Package – Black / White