Profile of the Jordan CP3 12

Jordan and Chris Paul are definitely not playing games as they collaboratively work on another signature model for the Houston Rocket star. The Jordan CP3 12 sheds the strap that prominently characterized the eleventh shoe, leaving it with a streamlined look and silhouette. This clean look is also due to the fact that it is made of performance knit with leather backing on some parts.

Because Chris Paul is a player who relies heavily on speed, the phylon cushion is further reinforced with Zoom Air in the forefoot. This technology ensures that each step to the basket is adequately fueled.

The rubber outsole of the signature model features at least three modifications of the time-tested herringbone pattern. Each modification is suited to the amount of pressure anticipated in the area where it is placed.


Cushion. The twelfth version of Chris Paul’s signature basketball shoes sports Zoom Air on the forefoot. This Nike/Jordan technology is designed to maximize speed, which is precisely what Chris Paul needs to succeed on the court. It is said that the phylon-and-Zoom-Air combination delivers just the right amount of impact protection and responsiveness.

Traction. After more than fourteen years as a professional basketball player, Chris Paul and his designers already know what types of traction patterns work best for fast players like him. The CP3 12 features the good old herringbone; but there are modifications, and the modifications in the pattern vary depending on which area of the sole they are found.

The middle of the forefoot features the classic herringbone. Surrounding this area is still herringbone, but its edges are more rounded, and the lines are more widely spaced. Covering  the rest of the sole is a herringbone pattern that is more closely spaced, but the slopes are less steep and the edges more rounded that the pattern starts to look like waves with quite wide wavelengths.


Length and Width. Not much has been said about how the Jordan CP3 12 fits. Hence, new buyers are advised to just go with their usual sizes to be on the safe side. After all, this signature model is made of knit, and shoes that are made of this material usually have a sock-like fit.

Lockdown. These signature Jordan basketball shoes are equipped with a lacing system that helps ensure lateral stability especially during motion. Aside from this, each shoe also has a leather quarter panel to keep the foot in place when the wearer does aggressive cuts to the basket. Finally, the fact that the shoe is made of performance knit is almost a giveaway that lockdown is going to be great.


The upper of the Jordan CP3 12 is made of performance knit with synthetic overlays that add durability and structure. This material is stretchy and is able to accommodate the peculiar angles that fast-paced movements often bring about. To temper the oftentimes excessive flexibility of knit, a leather underlay is added. This addition ensures a fairly secure lockdown.


The 12th rendition of Chris Paul’s signature kicks is marked with a new logo. Located prominently on top of the tongue, this new logo features an image of an owl that is composed of the different zodiac symbols of the members of Chris Paul’s family.

Jordan’s Jumpman logo is found on the heel counter. Another Jumpman, albeit smaller than the other, is conveniently seen on a special overlay on the fore-lateral side of the shoe.

Special Colorways of the Jordan CP3 12

The Jordan CP3 12 debuted in at least three colorways, which are the following:

  • Jordan CP3 12 ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’
  • Jordan CP3 12 ‘Leader of the Pack’
  • Jordan CP3 12 ‘Unfinished Business’

Facts / Specs

Top: Mid
Signature: Chris Paul
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Black / Grey
SKUs: AQ3744001 / AQ3744002 / AQ3744006 / AQ3744007 / AQ3744900

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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.