Verdict from 13 experts and 34 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers observe that these Chris Paul basketball shoes do not take long to break in, and they feel so comfortable once broken in, just like 2018’s Jordan CP3 11.
  • Majority of the users commend the new web lacing system of the Jordan CP3.IX, stating that the shoe truly provides total lockdown. It has almost the same setup as the 11th Air Jordan.
  • A lot of the testers say that the traction is great both indoors and outdoors. They also added that they do not need to wipe the shoe’s outsole at any time of the game.
  • Players who are positioned as point guards really appreciate the combined technologies of these Jordan basketball shoes. The shoe’s design focuses on keeping the foot secure and locked in, making the players confident during the game.
  • A lot of users say that the CP3.IX from the Jordan brand is a very light shoe.
  • Majority of the reviewers also comment that the shoe is comfortable to use because of the Jordan CP3.9’s Achilles pillow, Podulon midsole, and foam-reinforced mesh upper.
  • Many testers appreciate the small details that were added into the aesthetic of the shoe such as the dragon feature in the rear and the chevron pattern and the Chinese character for ‘family’ on the outsole of the shoe.
  • Because these Chris Paul shoes don’t look as sporty as the previous models in the CP3 line, a few of the reviewers like how they can wear the Jordan C3.IX off and on the court.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The majority of testers do not recommend the Jordan CP3.IX for outdoor use. Sneakers like this and the Harden Vol 3 from Adidas are for indoor use only because of their soft translucent rubber outsoles.
  • Some of the reviewers are not very positive about the shoe’s responsiveness. They say that they do not feel Nike's Zoom Air technology on the forefoot. One user also added that because there is no Zoom Air in the heel area, the shoe is not as responsive as the previous CP3s.
  • Users who have high arches or wide feet complain about the tight web lacing system; commenting that they sometimes feel pain, numbness, cramps, or pins and needles on their feet.

Bottom line

All in all, the Jordan CP3.IX is considered by many as a solid performance shoe to play in; even with the lack of responsiveness and too much shoe lockdown. It still caters to the players’ needs on the court with its comfortable fit, secure hold of the foot, and effective traction. Its aesthetics also doesn’t go unnoticed, as the style was good for both off-the-court and on-the-court wear.

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Good to know

The CP3 collection continues to add innovative technologies to Chris Paul’s shoes; starting with the web lacing system that provides a 360-lockdown, then the upper that requires minimal time to break-in, and down to the nine-chamber articulated Zoom Air unit in the forefoot that boasts of its responsiveness. All these technologies add up to produce a shoe that’s fit for an All-Star NBA player.

Cushion. The CP3.9 uses Nike’s articulated Zoom Air unit in the forefoot of the shoe.  This cushioning involves compressed tensile fibers that spring back into shape right after it is compressed. For this shoe, however, it is divided in nine-chambers; similar to the forefoot cushioning on the original Air Jordan XIV.  

Traction. The shoe uses the herringbone traction pattern for multidirectional movement. Chris Paul also incorporated the chevron pattern on the outsole of the Jordan CP3.IX as a tribute to his late grandfather. The outsole is made of soft pliable rubber in order for the shoe to have a good grip on the court’s surface. It is suggested, though, that these shoes be used indoors since the tough outdoor surface may compromise the outsole’s durability.

Length and Width. The Jordan CP3.IX runs true to the promised length; thus, wearers are advised to go true to their Nike basketball shoe sizes. For players with wide or high-arched feet, it is recommended to get a half size bigger since the shoe runs narrow.

Lockdown. The shoe features a new web lacing system that utilizes nylon bungees. These bungees are connected to strategic points at the sides of the Jordan CP3.IX. The bungees are also tightened once the laces are tightened, thereby strapping down the foot for an excellent lockdown. Lastly, another feature that adds to the secure fit of the shoe is the full-length internal cleatie and external Achilles pillow.

The upper is made of synthetic leather and foam-reinforced mesh that provides a lightweight structure to the shoe. After a couple of uses, the shoe gradually molds itself to the user’s foot and gives a broken-in feel. Included in the upper is the web lacing system with the bungees. These bungees, however, are made of nylon and are not in any way stretchable.

Chris Paul mentions in an interview that cushioning is one thing that he doesn’t want to mess around with. For him, comfort is a top priority in a shoe. Thus, the midsole remains the same for the IX’s, which is CP3’s tried and tested Podulon technology. The outsole is made of a soft rubber that provides an effective grip on-court.

As for appearance, the CP3.9 from Air Jordan has a less sporty look than the previous models, making the shoe fit for sportswear or casual wear. Up to the present, the Jordan brand continues to release different colorways for the CP3.IXs. However, it was originally released with the seaweed/metallic-silver-emerald glow that was named China 中國.

Chris Paul, as usual, doesn't fail to put personal touches on his shoe. With every shoe that the CP3 collection releases, there are little details that represent significant events in the NBA All-Star player’s life.

With the Jordan CP3.9s in particular, one will find the chevron pattern—a signature of the CP3 line—on the outsole. It pays tribute to his grandfather. On the forefoot of the outsole, a Chinese character which means family is inscribed. This is meant to signify his close familial relationship. There is also a ring-like shape in the inner heel area of the midsole, and it signifies the Lawrence Joel Coliseum where he met and proposed to his wife.

In the heel area is an embossed image of a dragon that forms a 3,  which represents how the player is akin to a dragon as he weaves through his opponents on-court. Also, Chris usually says ‘Hold Dat!’ when he shoots. These words are inscribed on the two leather flaps that enclose the dragon detail. Lastly, the NBA player’s signature is stitched onto the heel’s pull tab.

One of the more popular CP3 models, the CP3.IX comes in a variety of striking colorways.

  • Black/Laser Orange-Blue Lagoon-Bright Concord
  • Black/Metallic Silver-Anthracite
  • Black/Metallic Silver-Wolf Grey-Pure Platinum ‘Cement’
  • Blue Grey/Metallic Silver-Ice Blue-Armory Slate ‘Christmas’
  • Jordan CP3.9 ‘Clippers Blue’
  • Seaweed/Metallic Silver-Emerald Glow-Green Glow ‘Emerald’ a.k.a. ‘China’
  • Soar/Infrared 23-Midnight Navy-Copa ‘Alternate Away’

Jordan CP3.IX ‘Chinese New Year’

Jordan Brand and Chris Paul greet the 2016 Chinese New Year with a special colorway of the CP3.IX. These all-red basketball shoes feature three different shades of red (Gym Red/Chilling Red/Infrared 23). Completing the theme is “CP3” spelled in Chinese characters.

Jordan CP3.IX ‘Green Suede’

Jordan Brand gives the CP3.IX a premium treatment with a green suede upper coupled, leather inner lining, and gum outsole. Limited to just 33 pairs, the Jordan CP3.IX ‘Green Suede’ was only made available to Chris Paul’s friends and family.

Jordan CP3.IX ‘OVO’

Sporting a similar color scheme to the Air Jordan X ‘OVO,’ the Jordan CP3.IX ‘OVO’ features an all-white base with gold accents and a dark gum outsole. Unfortunately, these limited edition basketball shoes were only made for Chris Paul’s family and friends.

Jordan CP3.IX ‘Vachetta Tan’

Another exclusive release, the Jordan CP3.9 ‘Vachetta Tan’ was made for Chris Paul’s friends and family. These signature CP3 basketball shoes offer a Hender Scheme vibe with its tonal raw leather upper and beige outsole.

Jordan CP3.IX ‘Veterans Day’

To honor the brave men and women how have served and are still serving in the United States Armed Forces, Jordan Brand launched player exclusive colorways as part of their 2015 ‘Veterans Day’ collection.

The models included are the Air Jordan 29, Jordan Super.Fly 4, Jordan Melo M11, and Jordan CP3.IX. Each pair sports the same color scheme of red, white, and blue.

Jordan CP3.IX ‘Yellow Dragon’

One of the launch colorways, the ‘Yellow Dragon’ edition draws parallels between Chris Paul’s movements on the court and the dragon dance that greets the Lunar New Year.

Intelligence is another attribute that Chris shares with the Yellow Dragon. Referred to as the ‘Point God,’ he is renowned for his high basketball IQ.


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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.