9 Best Jordan Basketball Shoes in 2022

Dimitrije Curcic
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9 Best Jordan Basketball Shoes in 2022

Michael Jordan was a Nike athlete until he became too much to handle and the name "Jordan" became a brand of its own. Now a separately operated company, the Jordan brand keeps on producing the illustrious Air Jordans year after year. On top of that, the company also produces signature shoes for the likes of Russel Westbrook and Zion Williamson. Of course, there are also non-signature releases and highly celebrated retros.

Given that, there are around a hundred Jordan shoes to choose from at any given time. Picking the most suitable one can really be overwhelming. To ease the burden of buyers like you, we lay bare here the best Jordan basketball shoes that we can find. 

How we test basketball shoes

For each Jordan basketball shoe, we assign a Corescore from 0 to 100 that's basically the weighted average of all the individual ratings that we get from experts, players, and hobbyists from in and out of RunRepeat. 

Besides that quantitative assessment, we also present a concise description that was borne out of the following:

  • Actual tests on the court by several members of our team
  • Assurance that every shoe was bought with our own cash so we're not indebted (and therefore extra kind) to anyone
  • A balance between our views and those of other testers outside of RunRepeat

Best Jordan basketball shoes overall

Air Jordan XXXVI
Air Jordan XXXVI
£160
Top pick

Corescore

86
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 34 users
93 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Dust-proof traction
  • Springy cushion
  • Impact protection
  • Lightness
  • Breathability
  • No-frills foot containment

Cons

  • Narrow
  • Needs break-in
  • High price
  • Not for outdoors

Verdict

The Air Jordan XXXVI is not perfect, but it does not have real performance issues either. It effortlessly checks all the right boxes, and its wearer is guaranteed to have a really good time on the hard court. Quite frankly, it won't be surprising if this shoe tops the list of the most preferred basketball shoes in 2021.
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Jordan Zion 1
Jordan Zion 1
£70
£84
£110
Also great

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 160 users
85 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Reliable multidirectional traction
  • Superb lateral support
  • Great impact protection
  • Minimal break-in period
  • Lightweight
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • Awkward sizing
  • Not durable for outdoor play

Verdict

In all, the Jordan Zion 1 is a trustworthy performer for me due to its reliable traction, forefoot cushioning, and excellent lateral support. The sole area of warning is fit, which I’d strongly recommend trying in stores before purchasing to make sure getting it right.
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Best low top Jordan basketball shoes

Jordan One Take II
Jordan One Take II
Top pick

Corescore

85
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 177 users
86 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Comfy, snug fit
  • No break-in period
  • Close to ground contact
  • Breathable
  • Impressive lockdown
  • Light
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Outsole needs constant wiping
  • Not for outdoor play

Verdict

The Jordan One Take II is not having the best welcome. Of course, it has its strengths, but major performance issues are easily pointed out. Even at its relatively cheap $100 price point, there are still better options out there.
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Jordan Jumpman 2020
Jordan Jumpman 2020
£85
Also great

Corescore

87
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 485 users
88 / 100 from 9 experts

Pros

  • Highly rated. The Jordan Jumpman 2020 gets 4- to 5-star ratings from almost everyone.
  • Comfortable. Many wearers report that this Jordan basketball shoe is really comfortable.
  • Stylish. A good number of buyers just love how the Jordan Jumpman 2020 looks.
  • Light. Plenty of users declare that these basketball shoes are light, and they love it!
  • Cheap. Some buyers appreciate that Jordan made this shoe affordable.

Cons

  • Durability issues. There are a few users who say that their pair of Jordan Jumpman 2020 did not last long.
  • Indoor use only. Some users caution that this shoe is good as long as it's used on indoor courts.

Verdict

The Jordan Jumpman 2020 takes takes off some serious weight; indeed, its lightness is among the most frequently cited attributes of this shoe. The no-nonsense technologies used on this model also work together to ensure comfort and support. In sum, this basketball shoe from Jordan remains true to the quality that has long been associated with its brand.
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Best white Jordan basketball shoes

Jordan Why Not Zer0.4
Jordan Why Not Zer0.4
£90
£104
Top pick

Corescore

89
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 219 users
84 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Secure foothold
  • Fits great for wide-footer
  • Good lateral stability
  • Cushy, responsive cushioning
  • No break-in period
  • Feels light
  • Sufficient breathability
  • Sleek design
  • Good value for the price

Cons

  • Outsole pattern is not durable for constant outdoor play
  • Heel cushioning not enough for heavy post players
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Jordan Why Not Zer0.3
Jordan Why Not Zer0.3
Also great

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 649 users
85 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Some testers are happy with the shoe’s traction. They are saying that the Why Not Zer0.3 offers excellent coverage on clean courts.
  • Nearly all testers are impressed at the forefoot Zoom Air cushioning.
  • A good number of users are saying that these mid-tops provide an extreme level of lockdown and support. Players have the same praise for the Air Jordan 34.
  • The 2019 version of the Why Not Zer0 is a lot lighter than the previous model, most players observe.
  • Most owners are claiming that these Jordan Brand shoes are very comfortable to wear. They also say the same thing about the very first Air Jordans.
  • Several buyers appreciate the shoe’s unique style.

Cons

  • Several reviewers are complaining that the traction picks up quite a bit of dust. 
  • The materials are not that most premium, some owners gripe.
  • The rubber outsole is quite soft, a few testers point out. They do not recommend these basketball shoes for outdoor use.

Verdict

The third installment of Russell Westbrook's sneaker is a welcome addition to his growing signature line. The deconstructed upper offers reliable support that won't weigh you down. The low-to-the-ground Zoom Air cushioning also provides a comfortable and responsive ride. Overall, the Jordan Why Not Zer0.3 is a solid all-around hoop shoe that both guards and big men will enjoy.
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Best mid top Jordan basketball shoes

Jordan React Elevation
Jordan React Elevation
£70
£80
Top pick

Corescore

94
Superb!
4.9 / 5 from 50 users
84 / 100 from 5 experts

Pros

  • Solid traction
  • Well-balanced cushioning system
  • Dependable lockdown
  • Wraparound comfort
  • True to size
  • Cool design
  • Lightweight
  • Affordable
  • Great for every-day wear

Cons

  • Narrow
  • Cheap-feeling materials

Verdict

The Jordan React Elevation gets a lot of praises, at least from those who set aside time to write reviews. Its stylishness, comfort, and overall quality seem to have worked well enough to earn five-star ratings from wearers.
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Air Jordan XXXV
Air Jordan XXXV
£95
£150
Also great

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 113 users
92 / 100 from 11 experts

Pros

  • Traction: All expert reviewers agree that the 35th Air Jordan has a really nice grip on the court, especially if it's clean.
  • Impact protection: Players report that the cushioning protects their knees and feet even from hard landings and heel strikes.
  • Premium materials: The AJ 35 uses high-quality materials, and players really appreciate that.
  • True to size: Players conclude that future buyers can just go with their usual measurements for Jordan shoes.
  • 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.
  • Smooth steps: Experts are happy that the 35 has really nice heel-to-toe transition because of the curved heel and forefoot.
  • Feels light: Though the Air Jordan 35 is at 369 grams (13 oz), reviewers still report that it somehow feels light. They must have compared it with the really heavy LeBrons

Cons

  • Need break in: The traction, cushion, and other features of this shoe need time so that they perform at their best. 
  • Dust-prone: The outsole picks up dust quite easily, affecting the traction. Wiping does the trick, though.
  • Less explosiveness: The Zoom units installed in this shoe are less bouncy and explosive than the ones in the AJ 34.
  • Arch discomfort: The Eclipse plate pushed against the arch of the foot, causing pain and uneasiness.
  • Suffocating: One of the experts says that the padded collar pushes on his foot and is "suffocating."
  • Not for outdoor use: The outsole is made of soft materials, so it surely wouldn't last long outdoors.

Verdict

As expected, the Air Jordan 35 was released to so much anticipation and fanfare, which in all fairness did not go to waste. The Air Jordan XXXV indeed delivered in terms of performance. Sure, there are complaints here and there, but they are never serious or major enough to be absolute dealbreakers.
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Best michael jordan Jordan basketball shoes

Air Jordan OG
Air Jordan OG
£85
£106
Top pick

Corescore

77
Good!
4.0 / 5 from 360 users
80 / 100 from 1 experts

Pros

  • The women's Air Jordan OG is very stylish, nearly all reviewers comment. According to them, these basketball sneakers go with any outfit.
  • These Air Jordan basketball shoes are very comfortable to walk in, almost all owners assert.
  • Most owners are satisfied with how these basketball sneakers fit. They claim that the Women's Jordan OG fits perfectly.
  • Many purchasers are impressed at the quality of the Air Jordan OG. Like the Air Jordan 13, the leather is very soft and buttery smooth.
  • These Jordan basketball sneakers are surprisingly lightweight, several wearers observe.

Cons

  • Some owners are disappointed that the Air Jordan OG doesn't have the original version's forefoot Zoom Air unit.
  • The toe box of the Women's Jordan OG is quite roomy, several reviewers gripe.

Verdict

After spending over two decades in the vault, Jordan Brand finally decided to bring back the first women's Air Jordan basketball shoe. Buyers love the premium and supple feel of the genuine and synthetic leather upper. They also appreciate the all-day comfort of the heel Air-sole unit. Overall, Jordan Brand did an excellent job with this almost perfect retro release. The Air Jordan OG is an excellent casual and performance hoop shoe.
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What are the cheapest Jordan basketball shoes in 2022?

  1. Jordan React Elevation - from £70
  2. Jordan One Take 3 - from £89
  3. Air Jordan XXXV - from £98
  4. Jordan Why Not Zer0.4 - from £103
  5. Jordan Westbrook One Take - from £112
  6. Air Jordan XXXVI - from £159

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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.