Verdict from 12 experts and 100+ user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • According to several testers, the Jordan Ultra.Fly’s traction works pretty well on clean courts.
  • A significant number of wearers are asserting that the step-in comfort is simply amazing.
  • Nearly all owners are reporting that these Jordan basketball shoes fit perfectly.
  • The Jordan Ultra.Fly has pretty decent cushioning, a few players comment. The Zoom Air unit is responsive and provides some bounce.
  • Many purchasers are pleased with the shoe’s style. They claim that it looks pretty sharp and kind of reminds them of the Air Jordan 11.
  • The forefoot to heel lockdown is solid, a good number of reviewers assert. There is no internal slipping of any kind.
  • Almost all testers are impressed with the Kurim and mesh upper. According to them, this combination creates a supportive, breathable, flexible, and durable upper.
  • Although very basic, the support features work pretty nicely according to most testers.
  • A handful of Jordan Ultra.Fly owners are amazed by its quality. They claim that these shoes are well made and hold up pretty well.
  • Several testers note that the mid-top collar is flexible enough to accommodate an ankle brace.

5 reasons not to buy

  • These mid-top basketball shoes from Jordan Brand runs a bit narrow and tight at the forefoot.
  • Because of the minimal cushioning, many testers are complaining that these basketball shoes are painful to play in for extended periods. They claim that the Phylon midsole is pretty stiff, and the thin Zoom Air unit is pretty much non-existent.
  • The traction is hit or miss, nearly all testers declare. It has decent stopping power on clean courts; however, the grooves get clogged up with dust easily. Wiping is pretty much required every dead ball.
  • The outsole’s tread is thin and pliable, a few comment. They do not recommend these Jordan basketball shoes for outdoor hooping.
  • The heel counter is a bit flimsy, a handful of testers complain. They almost tweaked their ankles while playing in the Jordan Ultra.Fly.

Bottom line

Although receiving high ratings from buyers, experts are saying that these Jordan shoes have more bad things going for it than good.

The highlight of the Ultra.Fly is its Kurim overlay. It creates a soft yet durable shell that provides flexible containment. It only gets disappointing from there. The Phylon foam is pretty dense, and the forefoot Zoom Air unit is unnoticeable.

Overall, the Jordan Ultra.Fly is a decent model; although, there are better performers (like the Why Not Zer0.2) at its price point.

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The Jordan Ultra Fly has a wavy tread pattern on the sole. The texture of the sole reminds me of high-end Jordan signature shoes; that clear-type sole that makes that squeaking sound with the slightest steps on the gym floor.

It is very hard to find a shoe with this sole material under $100, when on sale. I never played outside in these and for months they have been oh-so dependable. Eventually, the treads will wear down and they are not super deep.



There is not a lot of fancy transitions in the upper of the Jordan Ultra Fly. What you get, when inspecting in hand, is a kind of like a mesh fabric bootie surrounded by this rubber web texture. It almost resembles a camouflage.

I will admit it does not contour and hold its shape. But on foot and in games, I never had any complaints about it. It was easy to put on and it reacted the way I needed to when making moves. It's not tight or too loose, at least not with my foot.



Jordan Ultra Fly is average in weight. The materials feel lightweight and obviously, the heaviest part of the shoe is the sole. When I think of the weight of a shoe, I'm only hesitant to play in it when I feel like it's going to hold me back. Never felt like I lost a step in these.


For what this shoe lacks in the way it fits, it doubles in durability! The Jordan Ultra Fly has the rubber web texture on the outside of the mesh that surrounds your foot inside.

I never had any signs of wear on these shoes, other than the sole. I'm looking at this shoe and these are like tanks. Maybe I just got lucky. But from the heel to the toe, I am looking for signs of wear and I don't see any. My sister's pair has some discoloration here and there from dust because the inner is white. But same thing, visibly the same as out of the box.


It's apparent when looking at the bottom of the shoe that there is a Nike air-sole unit in the forefoot. The Jordan Ultra-fly is comfortable for working out and games in my opinion.

The cushion is alright. I fly around when I play and I can honestly say my feet never hurt after playing in these.



The lacing on the Jordan Ultra Fly is typical eyelets, nothing fancy.

The shoe covers the ankle and while it does not have a lot of reinforcement in the heel area, I still felt secure. High School and older players that may have a heavier frame, power forwards/centers, could see this as a setback. For myself, it was sufficient. That has to be a judgment call when you try it on.

Super satisfied with the Jordan Ultra fly!

Once you get over the design/look of the shoe and accept it, you will be impressed.

The Jordan Ultra Fly performs very well compared to many shoes that are more expensive. And the biggest jewel is the traction. This is another great performance shoe by Jordan.

| Level 2 expert Verified
Basketball is part of my daily life. I pretty much hoop 6 days a week, sometimes 7 days. I'm 6'6 so all of my reviews are based on a size 14 shoe, its weight, traction, durability. I play positions 1 through 4, so performance-wise I really put shoes to the test. As of 10/25/2018, my current rotation is between Jordan XX9 Low and Lebron Soldier XII Zoom SFG.

Good to know

Step on the hardwood in style and comfort with these mid-top basketball shoes from Jordan Brand. Inspired by Michael Jordan’s “Black Cat” nickname, the Jordan Ultra.Fly boasts a unique Kurim cage that provides enhanced support and stability. A forefoot Zoom Air unit delivers responsive cushioning that lasts all game long.

Cushion. Made for dynamic players, the Jordan Ultra.Fly is equipped with a Phylon midsole with an articulated Nike Zoom Air unit at the forefoot. The nine-chamber Zoom Air unit enhances energy distribution for added responsiveness. The Zoom Air unit also has flex grooves that allow it to move with the foot.

Traction. These Jordan basketball shoes’ rubber outsoles are finished off with a wave traction pattern for increased grip and stability on a variety of surfaces.

Length and Width. According to reports, these mid-top basketball shoes from Jordan Brand fit perfectly. Testers suggest going true to size when ordering the Jordan Ultra.Fly.

Lockdown. The Jordan Ultra.Fly is equipped with rope laces that lock the foot firmly in place. These basketball shoes also have an internal heel counter and a Kurim cage that enhances support and containment.

The main feature of the Jordan Ultra.Fly is its Kurim and mesh upper. The shoe’s synthetic mesh upper is fitted with a lightweight yet durable Kurim cage for maximum stability and breathability.

The strategically placed Kurim material acts as a second skin; providing both flexibility and support. A mesh inner sleeve hugs the foot; delivering a sock-like fit.

Inspired by Michael’s “Black Cat” persona, the Jordan Ultra.Fly’s Kurim overlay manages to create a leopard print aesthetic that adds character to the shoe’s silhouette. These Jordan basketball shoes also boast a unique U-throat design for added style.

The Jordan Ultra.Fly made its on-court debut on the feet of NBA All-Star Jimmy Butler. These men’s mid-top basketball shoes from Jordan Brand is sold in the following color combinations:

  • Black/Concord-Anthracite-White ‘Space Jam’
  • Black/Reflect Silver-Hyper Turquoise ‘Hyper Turquoise’
  • Black/Reflective Silver/Infrared 23
  • Black/Reflective Silver-White
  • Gym Red/Black/Infrared 23
  • Midnight Navy/Reflective Silver/University Blue
  • Obsidian/Infrared 23/Deep Royal Blue ‘USA’
  • White/Gym Red/Black
  • White/Metallic Coppercoin/Black


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