Verdict from 5 experts and 32 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • The use of Phylon in the midsole effectively reduced the weight of the shoes; a good number of wearers love the lightness of their Jordan Extra.Fly.
  • Some wearers think that this shoe is actually a good and cheaper alternative to the Jumpman’s Ultra.Fly; in fact, a number of testers agree that it’s good value for money.
  • There are a lot of hues to choose from so this pair of kicks from the Jordan brand is great for those who want to experiment with colors.
  • Majority of those who left reviews express willingness to recommend the Jordan Extra.Fly to family and friends.
  • This pair of basketball kicks from the Jumpman gets relatively high overall satisfaction scores from those who have already worn it.
  • At least one knowledgeable tester feels that this shoe’s traction is good.
  • A handful of those who already own a pair of Jordan Extra.Fly shoes express their desire to buy another pair for use in other contexts (e.g. gym).
  • Many of those who left reviews say that this shoe model from the Jordan brand delivers high levels of comfort. The same level of comfort can be expected from the Air Jordan 6 Retro.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Like the Air Jordan XI Retro, at least one user say that this shoe is not crafted well; there were already signs of wear and tear after just a week of use.
  • A user points out that the shoe gets dirty quite easily, so there is a need to clean it often for it to deliver great traction.

Bottom line

A pair of Jordan Extra.Fly shoes is a little cheaper than the model where it got its inspiration from: the Ultra.Fly. It delivers when it comes to comfort and style. Many wearers also love that it is light, and many of them wear it in other contexts such as working out in the gym. However, some users caution that this does not run true to size. There are also a few who say that this has problems when it comes to the materials used. According to them, it starts to fall apart after just a short period.

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Good to know

According to a few basketball shoe authorities, the Jordan Extra.Fly is a slightly more affordable version of the Jordan Super.Fly.  Aside from the price, the two models also differ in cut. The Super.Fly is a mid-top shoe while the Extra.Fly is for those who like a more flexible low-top ride.

The Jordan Extra.Fly is constructed with a one-piece upper that is overlaid with synthetic mesh. The forefoot has perforations that ensure breathability. To securely hold the foot down, the upper has an integrated Flywire system.

The midsole has Phylon and a Zoom Air unit: technologies that ensure a cushioned and responsive ride.

The outsole is made of solid rubber, and it features a modified herringbone pattern for a reliable grip on almost any surface.

Though this is not a signature shoe, the Extra.Fly is heavily associated with Indiana Pacers’s Victor Oladipo who plays as a shooting or point guard.

Cushion. The responsive cushioning goodness of the Jordan Extra.Fly comes primarily from the combined power of Phylon and Zoom Air. The lightweight Phylon in injected in the midsole. This technology has been a go-to midsole material for a time now. It is made from EVA foam pellets, and it is known for its lightness and responsiveness.

A bouncy Zoom Air unit is strategically placed under the forefoot. This shoe technology is characterized by its use of tightly stretched tensile fabrics that compress when pressure is applied on them, providing the necessary cushion and impact absorption. They then spring back to provide a highly energized response.

Traction. The modified herringbone pattern on the outsole of the Jordan Extra.Fly allows for abrupt stops and quick changes in direction. It is made of solid rubber, so it also contributes to the shoe’s overall durability.

Length and Width. While many are happy with how comfortable and light a Jordan Extra.Fly shoe is, some users feel that this shoe runs a bit tighter than expected. New buyers are advised to go at least half a size larger.

Lockdown. A pair of Extra.Fly shoes from the Jumpman is securely held in place by Nike’s signature Flywire technology, which makes use of vectran or nylon threads that wrap around the foot like tendons. They provide support in the same way that metal cables hold suspension bridges in place.

The shoe also has an asymmetrical collar that provides the necessary ankle support to a player who does a lot of crossovers and quick first steps.

The upper of the Extra.Fly has a one-piece cleatie construction. It has a mesh overlay that together with several perforations on the forefoot provides high levels of breathability and overall comfort. The part that covers the heel is made of a sturdier material to provide reliable support during motion.

The Jordan Extra.Fly comes in monochromatic or two-color-combination colorways. Its look is further enhanced by two-dimensional diamond patterns that cover the forefoot. The heel area has bolstered diamond patterns for a more active appeal.

How Extra.Fly compares

This shoe: 80
All shoes average: 82
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This shoe: £130
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.