Verdict from 1 expert and 10 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • One tester notices that the CP3.IX AE offers a better low-to-the-ground feel.
  • The majority of reviewers find the fit to be comfortable and snug.
  • A lot of users love the shoe’s traction. One player shares that even when he stepped on a ball of dust, he was still confident in the shoe’s grip.
  • Many of the wearers like the engineered mesh on the AE version than the foam-backed mesh on the original CP3.IX.
  • Most wearers remark that the shoe is highly durable and lightweight just like the Jordan CP3 11.
  • The bungee laces are effective in locking down the foot; one reviewer could really feel the cords tightening inside the shoe whenever he ties his laces.
  • With the new engineered mesh, the majority of users feel that the shoe breathes better and breaks in easily.
  • One reviewer says that this shoe from the Jordan brand makes him feel like he has more energy for running.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The majority of users complain that the opening of the Jordan CP3 9 AE is a bit small, making it a little difficult to put the foot in.
  • Some testers are annoyed when stepping on the articulated Zoom Air unit since it feels like stepping on small protruding bumps.

Bottom line

The Jordan CP3.IX AE is a solid shoe that proves its usefulness on-court with its effective traction, comfortable cushioning, and secure lockdown. Old and new players are expected to enjoy their experience playing in these shoes from the Jordan brand.

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Good to know

The CP3.IX comes back with the Artisan Edition. Retaining the same setup for the midsole and outsole, the AE version replaces the foam-reinforced mesh with an engineered mesh upper for a supportive yet fully breathable ride.

Cushion. The shoe implements the same cushioning setup as the original CP3.IX, where a bottom-loaded articulated Zoom Air unit is at the forefoot, embedded in an injected Phylon rubber. The unit protrudes just a little to help the foot lift off easily when the toes roll forward, similar to a runner’s starting block. This unit also provides impact protection.

Traction. The outsole of the Jordan CP3.IX AE features a combination of herringbone and arrow-like patterns, giving the shoe a multidirectional grip. Depending on the colorway, the outsole comes in either solid or translucent rubber.

Length and Width. The shoe fits true to size but feels a bit narrow on the sides. For wide-footers, it is better to try the CP3.IX AE in your local shoe stores to have a more comfortable fit.  

Lockdown. Featuring a similar bungee lacing system as the original model, the shoe offers a  360° lockdown. Nylon cords strap the foot down when the laces are tightened. A padded heel counter hugs the foot to avoid front-to-back slips.

Engineered mesh replaces the original model’s foam-backed mesh in the Jordan CP3.IX AE’s upper. It has fuse overlays in high-wear areas and synthetic leather on the heel. The Achilles heel area is padded with thick foam that helps reduce heel slippage.

The shoe has nylon cords that strap the foot onto the midsole base. Speaking of which, the midsole combines Phylon foam and a 9-chamber articulated Zoom Air unit. This cushioning setup is protected by an outsole that is made of solid or translucent rubber.

Due to the lightness and breathability of the shoe’s materials, the shoe provides excellent ventilation.

The shoe sports a distinctively clean look. The line that runs from the shoe’s tongue to the toe box makes the shoe look longer. Chris Paul’s CP3 logo is printed on the shoe’s tongue. The Jumpman logo can be found on the lateral heel area where a Chinese symbol for family is also embossed.

Since the debut of the CP3.IX AE, more than five colorways have been released. The feature such color combinations as black/gray/orange, light gray/white/speckled white, and turquoise/white/orange.

How CP3.IX AE compares

This shoe: 86
All shoes average: 82
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This shoe: £110
All shoes average: £130
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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.