Verdict from 10 experts and 54 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • A couple of reviewers claim that the heel-to-toe transition of the Jordan Fly Lockdown is smooth because of the Phylon’s softness.
  • Most users claim that the textile upper of these Jordan basketball sneakers feels premium, durable, and military-grade.
  • A lot of shoe owners claim that they can feel the responsiveness of the Zoom Unit at the forefoot
  • A good number of wearers appreciate the modern design of the Jordan Fly Lockdown.
  • Several testers are happy with the traction pattern of the shoe model. They say that the modified herringbone traction gives them an excellent grip on the floor.
  • The deep grooves on the outsole of the Jordan Fly Lockdown has made many wearers enjoy using the shoe outdoors.
  • Plenty of wearers are amazed with the softness and plushiness of the Phylon midsole.

2 reasons not to buy

  • There are a few buyers who think that the upper’s design is over the top.
  • A tester reports that the shoelaces easily loosen and are difficult to tighten.

Bottom line

Despite being a budget model, the Jordan Fly Lockdown is a great performance shoe. At only $110, it satisfies many wearers with the all-day and all-game comfort that it provides. On court, it catches the eyes of the viewers as the wearer roams. Off court, these magnificent-looking shoes make heads turn.

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Good to know

The Jordan Fly Lockdown could have been San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard’s first signature shoe. However, talks of renewing his Jordan contract that expires in October 2018 are stalled. Currently earning only less than $500,000 annually, his representatives insist that he is worth more and should get more than the over $20 million four-year contract extension offered to the player. Aside from being a two-time All-NBA First Team pick and a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Leonard was in the top three in the voting for the Most Valuable Player award in the last two seasons.

Released in early 2018, the reasonably priced Jordan Fly Lockdown comes with a twist on its modern design. It has a woven fabric upper that takes after the Air Jordan 29. The side panels have Phylon wings, symbolizing its being engineered for flight.

A good grip on the floor and control are delivered by the modified herringbone on the outsole. The full-length Phylon midsole with a Zoom Air unit at the forefoot brings comfort.

The Jordan brand has been releasing affordable basketball shoes to compete well with other brands. Russell Westbrook’s Why Not Zer0.2 was released in January 2019 at only $125. The 11th Chris Paul sneaker is even cheaper at $115. There are news about the 12th model coming soon and will be priced below $100.

Cushion. The responsiveness of the Jordan Fly Lockdown comes from the Zoom Air unit found at the forefoot. The Phylon midsole comes with a shank plate for support and stability.

Traction. The outsole of the Jordan Fly Lockdown is made of a solid and non-marking rubber compound. It features a modified herringbone traction pattern with circles in the forefoot and heel areas. This traction pattern delivers the amount of court control needed for multidirectional footwork.

Length and Width. Some reviewers notice that the Jordan Fly Lockdown shoe runs quite narrow. They advise new buyers to fit the shoe before making the purchase.

Lockdown. The Jordan Fly Lockdown comes with a traditional lacing system. For durability, the eyelets cut through layers of two different upper materials. They also have fuse overlays. For a comfortable ankle hug, the walls of the signature shoe are generously padded.

The Jordan Fly Lockdown features a woven textile upper just like the Air Jordan XX9. The fabric proves to be durable and comfortable. For additional durability, the toe cap of the shoe has fuse overlays.

Instead of the standard pull tab, the heel comes with a plastic loop. The loop is said to be the same as that of the Air Jordan 6. Not only does it help with putting on and getting out of the shoe, the loop adds a cosmetic appeal to the Jordan Fly Lockdown. It highlights the shoe’s Jumpman qualities.

The Air Jordan Fly Lockdown comes with a speckled midsole. Paired with either long or short pants, the signature shoe stands out. Its unique design and vivid colors match any event or activity so well.

Jordan Fly Lockdown Last Shot

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of Michael Jordan’s epic last shot, the Jordan Brand released a Last Shot colorway. The “last shot” happened in the 1998 NBA Finals between the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz. The win gave Michael Jordan his sixth championship ring. The Jordan Fly Lockdown Last Shot comes in an entirely black upper with accents of red on the Jumpman logo and heel loop. A Ferrari-inspired Jumpman logo is found on the tongue and insole.


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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.