Verdict from 7 experts and 7 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Traction: All expert reviewers agree that the 35th Air Jordan has really nice traction.
  • Cushion: Every single expert reviewer reports that the cushioning setup of these Jordan shoes is just excellent. 
  • Materials: The AJ 35 uses a mixture of old and new materials, and experts are in agreement that the result is just great.
  • Support: The Flywire and the updated eclipse plate seem to have done their job well because almost all experts have no complaints when it comes to support.
  • Fit: Almost everyone reports no issue regarding fit and sizing.
  • No break-in: Some of the experts say that this shoe doesn't need to be broken in; it's comfortable and nice straight out of the box.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Few reviews: This summary is based only on the opinions of five expert reviewers. We will update this once new reviews are available.
  • Suffocating: One of the experts says that the padded collar is "suffocating."
  • Outdoor use: None of the experts recommend this mid-top shoe for outdoor use.

Bottom line

The Air Jordan line surely do not disappoint with its 35th release. The Air Jordan XXXV is said to have excellent cushioning, traction, and support. As always, there are complaints here and there, but they are never serious or major enough to be dealbreakers.

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Air Jordan XXXV: The legacy lives on

After decades of aiding basketball players in performing better on the court, expectations were never low for the Air Jordan line. The Air Jordan XXXV surely doesn't disappoint as it proudly offers the following: 

Nice on-feet feel. This AJ shoe uses both new and old materials, and this combination seems to have succeeded in giving comfort and support.

Really nice cushioning. A considerably bigger Zoom unit is added in the heel, and this really provides reliable impact protection. 

Killer traction. The Air Jordan 34 was widely praised for its very reliable traction. The Jordan implements the same traction feature in the 35th. There's no need to fix what ain't broken, right? 

Special colorways of the Air Jordan 35

The AJ 35 is released in a number of colorways, and some of these are specially created for basketball players sponsored by the Jordan brand. 

Morpho. Guo Ailun is the first Chinese basketball player that the Jordan brand signed. He is known for his elusiveness on the court, which the AJ XXXV effectively supports. The "Morpho" colorway features Ailun's personal logo and colors.  It also bears his personal motto that says “Where the heart goes, where the body goes.”

Warrior. Growing as a black man in Japan, Rui Hachimura is not new to life's challenges. The 35's "Warrior" colorway is made red and black to honor Hachimura's Japanese and Beninese background. It also bears his logo, which Hachimura says is dedicated to his family and other mixed-race kids because he wants to inspire them.

How Air Jordan XXXV compares

This shoe: 89
All shoes average: 82
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This shoe: £170
All shoes average: £130
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Author
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.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com