Our verdict

Much like the first Doncic shoe, the Jordan Luka 2 boasts exceptional stability. It locked our feet so securely in place that we never once felt a hint of wobble. We believe that shifter players who often make forceful side-to-side cuts will adore this shoe. It inspires a great deal of confidence for moving aggressively on the court (as long as it's a clean indoor court).

Pros

  • Insanely stable and supportive
  • Unmatched foot containment
  • Balance of court feel and impact protection
  • Good durability for indoor courts
  • Grips well on clean courts
  • Generously padded interiors
  • Spacious toebox

Cons

  • Not for outdoor courts
  • Outsole picks up dust quickly
  • Not breathable

Audience verdict

87
Great!
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Who should buy

Having tested the Jordan Luka 2 through and through, we can readily recommend it to:

  • shifty guards who need a great deal of stability and support
  • athletes who prefer a firm and grounded cushioning setup
  • players with medium or slightly wide feet

Jordan Luka 2 review

Who should NOT buy

The Luka 2 is not going to make outdoor players happy. We verified that it is not durable enough for outdoor use. It appears to have issues with dust pickup as well. The Nike G.T. Cut 2 and the Nike Cosmic Unity 3 proved to have a much stronger outdoor performance.

And if you want a much more reliable traction that's immune to dust, we recommend the PUMA All Pro Nitro and the Nike Lebron NXXT GEN

Jordan Luka 2 lab test

Breathability

With the Luka 2's hard focus on support, the shoe did neglect proper ventilation.

Pumping smoke into the shoe's upper, almost none of it passed through the tightly woven mesh. Even though it looked promising in our transparency check.

When we looked closer at the mesh through our microscope, we saw that there was indeed very little potential for the airflow.

Jordan Luka 2 microscope test

No pores, perforations, or ventilation holes.

That's why the Jordan Luka 2 felt pretty toasty mid-game on our feet forcing us to give it the lowest possible breathability score of 1 out of 5.

Jordan Luka 2 under microscope

For a basketball shoe with similar features but a much better ventilation capacity, have a look at the Under Armour Curry 10.

Test results
Luka 2 1
Average 2.4
Compared to 40 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
1
Breathability
5

Durability

Toebox durability

There is a good reason why the mesh material of this Jordan shoe is very protected - this fabric is pretty wear-resistant as is.

Drilling it with sandpaper for 12 seconds at a 5K RPM speed and 3.2N pressure, we only got through the topmost layer of mesh. As you can see from the shoe on the right, some mesh uppers fail to survive the same test entirely.

Jordan Luka 2 Toebox durability comparison

Thus, the toebox durability of the Luka 2 gets a middle-of-the-road score of 3 out of 5.

Test results
Luka 2 3
Average 3.7
Compared to 31 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
1
Toebox durability
5

Heel padding durability

Inside, the Luka 2 is equipped with a much sturdier material.

In an attempt to put a hole in the shoe's heel lining, we turned to our Dremel once again. With consistent speed (5K RPM) and pressure (3.2N) applied for 4 seconds, the fabric looked barely touched!

Jordan Luka 2 Heel padding durability comparison

As one of the most wear-resistant heel linings in our lab, it earned the highest durability score of 5 out of 5.

P.S. Keep in mind that this fabric is also a bit rough and might chafe bare skin. We recommend wearing taller socks at least for the break-in period.

Test results
Luka 2 5
Average 3.6
Compared to 28 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
1
Heel padding durability
5

Outsole hardness

Jordan chose translucent rubber over hard rubber for the outsole of the Luka 2. Does it mean that it's less durable? Let's find out.

Jordan Luka 2 Outsole hardness

Measuring the shoe's outsole hardness with a Shore C durometer, we got a slightly lower-than-average reading of 76.4 HC. This indicates a bit softer compound that is often more prone to abrasion, especially on hard outdoor courts.

Test results
Luka 2 76.4 HC
Average 81.5 HC
We use an average of four tests. The photo shows one of those tests.
Compared to 40 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
59.5 HC
Outsole hardness
91.0 HC

Outsole durability

But we were pleasantly surprised by the wear resistance that the shoe's rubber showed in our Dremel test.

Drilling it for 22 seconds at a ramped-up speed (10K RPM) and consistent pressure (3.2N), the rubber got as little as 0.6 mm of damage! That's even less than the average.

Jordan Luka 2 Outsole durability test
Test results
Luka 2 0.6 mm
Average 1.0 mm
Compared to 19 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
0.0 mm
Outsole wear
2.0 mm

Outsole thickness

Now we look at the amount of rubber packed into the shoe's outsole. With a calliper measurement of 3.5 mm, it is slightly thinner than average but not critically.

Jordan Luka 2 Outsole thickness

To sum it all up, we believe that the Jordan Luka 2 is going to last just as long as your typical basketball shoe if you play indoors.

We wouldn't recommend using the shoe on concrete courts regularly because its translucent rubber, while durable, will lose its soft and thin treading much faster resulting in poor grip.

Jordan Luka 2 outsole rubber

Test results
Luka 2 3.5 mm
Average 4.0 mm
Compared to 40 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
0.0 mm
Outsole thickness
6.9 mm

Weight

Even though it is a low-top and not-so-bulky shoe, the Luka 2 carries a bit more weight than we expected.

Jordan Luka 2 Weight

Putting it on a scale in a men's US size 9, we recorded 14.5 oz (411g). It is only slightly heavier than average.

Jordan Luka 2 shoe weight

The Luka 2's stiff construction might as well make it feel heavier than it actually is, especially for lighter players. If you do want a lighter alternative, we recommend the PUMA All Pro Nitro (13.2 oz/373g) or the UA Curry 10 (12.6 oz/358g).

Test results
Luka 2 14.50 oz (411g)
Average 14.18 oz (402g)
Compared to 40 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
11.29 oz (320g)
Weight
17.46 oz (495g)

Cushioning

Heel stack

On foot, the Jordan Luka 2 hits a sweet spot between impact protection and court feel.

Jordan Luka 2 Heel stack

Measuring its heel stack with a calliper, we got 28.2 mm. This is nearly the same as the average.

There is a moderate amount of cushioning which provides a good deal of impact protection for most players. Sure, you won't get the same bottomless cushioning as in the G.T. Jump 2, but there is just enough for a standard basketball shoe.

Test results
Luka 2 28.2 mm
Average 30.0 mm
Compared to 40 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
25.2 mm
Heel stack
38.4 mm

Forefoot stack

The shoe's forefoot stack height of 22.2 mm will most likely feel familiar because it is just the same as the average.

Jordan Luka 2 Forefoot stack

It is neither too high off the ground nor too low and sensitive.

Test results
Luka 2 22.2 mm
Average 21.9 mm
Compared to 40 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
18.2 mm
Forefoot stack
29.2 mm

Drop

Based on our stack measurements, the heel-to-toe drop of the Luka 2 comes at only 6.0 mm. It is on the lower end of the basketball shoe spectrum.

Jordan Luka 2 Drop

The key benefit of this setup is that it places the heel on nearly the same level as the toes creating a more stable underfoot experience.

Test results
Luka 2 6.0 mm
Average 8.1 mm
Compared to 40 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
4.0 mm
Drop
14.8 mm

Midsole softness

Note: a low durometer measurement equals a soft material, whereas a high measurement means it's firm.

The Luka 2 relies on the Formula 23 foam for its primary cushioning. In our colorway, this foam is black and almost takes up the shoe's entire midsole.

It is caged inside a firmer carrier EVA foam for better stability. That's why the cushioning of this Jordan shoe generally feels firm.

Pressing our Shore A durometer against the Formula 23, we got a standard reading of 26.5 HA. It is no harder than the average basketball shoe cushioning.

Jordan Luka 2 Midsole softness

Interestingly, the Luka 2 features several perforations in the heel area to add shock absorption. Pretty cool implementation of the "less is more" principle by Jordan.

Jordan Luka 2 heel perforations

Smaller apertures are also placed under the big toe. We've never seen a design like this but it offered a pretty nice push-off.

Test results
Luka 2 26.5 HA
Average 26.0 HA
We use an average of four tests. The photo shows one of those tests.
Compared to 40 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
11.0 HA
Midsole softness (soft to firm)
35.9 HA

Secondary foam softness

Note: a low durometer measurement equals a soft material, whereas a high measurement means it's firm.

Checking the shoe's carrier foam, we found that it is not that much firmer than the Formula 23.

Jordan Luka 2 Secondary foam softness

With a reading of 30 HA, it is only 13% firmer than the primary cushioning.

We found that it's hard enough to provide great stability but doesn't feel too hard to cause discomfort or make the underfoot experience dull.

Test results
Luka 2 29.9 HA
Average 28.3 HA
We use an average of four tests. The photo shows one of those tests.

Insole thickness

The Jordan Luka 2 features a moderately thick insole to buffer the foot from the shoe's firmness.

Jordan Luka 2 Insole thickness

Measuring it with a calliper revealed that it is 4.5 mm thick in the heel - just the same as the average.

Test results
Luka 2 4.5 mm
Average 4.4 mm
Compared to 40 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
0.0 mm
Insole thickness
8.6 mm

Stability

Lateral stability test

Designed to accommodate Luka Doncic's aggressive playing style, the Luka 2 shoe is packed with stability components (much like the Luka 1 was).

Our wear tests showed that it offers ridiculously strong side-to-side containment and a stable base for hard and quick cuts, sidesteps, and stepbacks.

The Jordan Luka 2 features stability elements both inside and around the shoe.

Inside, there is a strong zigzaggy plate running between the outsole and the midsole. It is called IsoPlate and its stiff nature treated us to a very stable footing, especially when we performed hard lateral shifts.

Jordan Luka 2 IsoPlate

On the inner side of the Luka 2, there is a firm and rather big medial sidewall. It prevented our arches from collapsing inwards.

Jordan Luka 2 medial support

A TPU panel on the lateral side had a similar function of stabilising our feet.

Jordan Luka 2 lateral support

Finally, the shoe comes with a sturdy leathery cage that wraps around the entire upper. It is connected to the shoe's exceptionally secure lacing system which we cover in more detail below.

Torsional rigidity

All of the aforementioned stability features are reflected in the Jordan Luka 2's exceptionally rigid build.

Twisting it with our hands proved to be impossible. The torsional rigidity of this Jordan shoe undercuts many other models we've tested earning a solid 5 out of 5.

Don't mind the fact that it is a low-top shoe. Your ankles are safe with the Jordan Luka 2.

Test results
Luka 2 5
Average 4.5
Compared to 40 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
1
Torsional rigidity
5

Heel counter stiffness

What makes the Luka 2 THAT much more supportive is its stiffer-than-average heel counter.

Giving it a good push and squeeze in our manual test, we confidently rated it with the highest stiffness score - 5 out of 5.

What it means in practice is that you get a death grip around your heels and ankles. That heel counter just wouldn't let our heels shift one millimetre. Not did it let the ankle buckle one bit.

Mind-blowing support and stability right there!

Test results
Luka 2 5
Average 3.6
Compared to 40 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
1
Heel counter stiffness
5

Midsole width in the forefoot

This Jordan shoe doesn't even have a particularly wide base but it does have a considerable outrigger in the forefoot.

Jordan Luka 2 Midsole width in the forefoot

Measuring it in the widest part with our calliper returned 113.9 mm. It is exactly the same as the average basketball shoe.

Test results
Luka 2 113.9 mm
Average 114.2 mm
Compared to 40 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
106.2 mm
Midsole width in the forefoot
122.2 mm

Midsole width in the heel

The heel of the Luka 2's sole turned out to be even narrower than average. We measured 84.1 mm I'm the widest part.

Jordan Luka 2 Midsole width in the heel

But it didn't feel narrow by any means! On foot, it felt a lot like most other hoop shoes we've tested.

Test results
Luka 2 84.1 mm
Average 91.2 mm
Compared to 40 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
82.4 mm
Midsole width in the heel
105.1 mm

Flexibility

Stiffness

Even though the Jordan Luka 2 is stiff, it's not as unforgivably stiff as some of the other models.

We bent the shoe to a 90-degree angle in our flexibility test, measuring how much force it would take to do that. With a gauge reading of 32.1N, it turned out to be 27% more flexible than our current average among basketball shoes.

So don't worry - a pinch of patience and the shoe will grow on you.

Jordan Luka 2 split rubber

We also noticed a peculiar outsole split near the toes. It added a touch of flexibility in the area where we didn't think we needed it - in between the toes! It came into play at the toe-offs allowing the big toe (our main pushing force) to compress independently from the rest of the forefoot.

It is not a game changer by any means but a welcome touch indeed!

Jordan Luka 2 flexibility

The only complaint we have about the Luka 2 in the flexibility department is that the thick overlays on the toebox were digging into our metatarsals pretty badly. The pinching caused chafing and made band-aids a must for this Jordan shoe.

Test results
Luka 2 32.1N
Average 40.7N
We use an average of four tests. The video shows one of those tests.
Compared to 40 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
29.5N
Stiffness
67.2N

Grip / Traction

When it comes to court bites, the Jordan Luka 2 did fairly well.

Even though it is not the strongest grip we've experienced in basketball shoes, it is pretty reliable.

Unfortunately, the shoe's translucent rubber is a magnet for dust which requires more frequent wipes. But we have zero complaints about its performance on clean indoor courts.

Jordan Luka 2 grip

Size and fit

Internal length

We discovered that the Jordan Luka 2 fits precisely true to size in our regular men's US 9.

Jordan Luka 2 fit

But its rounded toebox shape offered a bit more toe room than usual.

Test results
Luka 2 270.0 mm

Toebox width at the widest part

Measuring the Luka's toebox in the widest part, our calliper showed 102.1 mm.

Jordan Luka 2 Toebox width at the widest part

This is just the same as the average of our lab-tested hoop shoes in a men's US size 9.

Test results
Luka 2 102.1 mm
Average 101.0 mm
Compared to 40 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
92.6 mm
Toebox width at the widest part
108.2 mm

Toebox width at the big toe

However, the shoe's generous toe space is felt closer to the big toe. That's where we measured the width at 85.1 mm - over 8 mm wider than average!

Jordan Luka 2 Toebox width at the big toe

This Jordan shoe is a bit more friendly to wide-footed players than most hoop shoes.

We should also mention that the shoe's mesh fabric has no stretch to it at all. This is very important for its capacity to stay supportive in the long term.

P.S. Please keep in mind that the rest of the shoe feels very much true to size offering some of the best containment we've come across.

Test results
Luka 2 85.1 mm
Average 77.2 mm
Compared to 34 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
71.2 mm
Toebox width at the big toe
85.1 mm

Tongue: gusset type

The Luka 2 features a semi-attached tongue that works together with the insanely secure midfoot cage.

Jordan Luka 2 Tongue: gusset type

Test results
Luka 2 Both sides (semi)

Midfoot cage and laces

We rarely see the implementation of this lace cage in basketball shoes. The closest one is probably the Adidas Harden Vol. 7.

Even though it adds some bulk and stiffness to the shoe, we found that this wrapped cage design provides some of the strongest footholds.

Jordan Luka 2 laces

The cage is accompanied by three lace loops throughout the tongue that help to secure the tongue in place.

It is also very easy to cinch up the fit with this setup and the laces stay securely in place throughout the game. 

Comfort

Tongue padding

Contributing to the in-shoe comfort is a very generously padded tongue.

Jordan Luka 2 Tongue padding

Based on our calliper measurement of 15.1 mm, it is notably puffier than average.

Test results
Luka 2 15.1 mm
Average 9.3 mm
Compared to 40 basketball shoes
Number of shoes
1.3 mm
Tongue padding
15.1 mm

Heel tab

There are no finger loops or pull tabs to assist in putting on the Luka 2.

Jordan Luka 2 Heel tab
Test results
Luka 2 None

Removable insole

You have the option to remove the shoe's stock insole if you want to customise the in-shoe experience.

Jordan Luka 2 Removable insole
Test results
Luka 2 Yes