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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Several buyers appreciate the shoe’s unique style.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.