Top 5 Jordan!
The Jordan brand subsidiary of Nike has enjoyed a high level of success over the years. Michael Jordan continues to impact the NBA through his brand’s partnership with Nike, with multiple shoes being worn every night by all types of players. His Air Jordan signature line is currently in its 30th iteration, the Air Jordan XXX. Today, the Sole Brothers will discuss our Top 5 recent Jordans.
The CP3.IX is Chris Paul’s 9th signature shoe with the Jordan brand. It is a low cut shoe designed for guards like, guess who, Chris Paul. The traction on the CP3.IX is pretty good and the materials on the upper are nice as well. The cushion setup is an articulated Zoom unit in the forefoot and a Phylon midsole, but Sammy could not feel the Zoom unit. Another flaw with the CP3.IX is that if you tie the shoe too tightly, it will cause pain and a “needles” sensation. The CP3.IX is a solid, but mediocre, performer that you can get a good deal on.
4. Superfly 4
The Jordan Superfly 4 is another mediocre shoe from a brand that we expect excellence from. The upper is so-so, the traction is pretty good, and it utilizes Nike’s Zoom technology pretty well.
3. Rising High
The Jordan Rising High is a budget/mid tier priced shoe that is pretty enjoyable, especially since some colorways are on sale around $80-90. The traction sucks until it breaks in, but once it does the traction performs nicely. The cushion, which is an unlocked Zoom unit in the forefoot, has to be broken in as well, but once it is you can feel the bounciness of it a little bit (certainly more than the CP3.IX and Superfly 4). The upper is a mesh and synthetic leather construction which is not bad at all. Overall the Rising High is not a bad shoe, and Sammy enjoyed playing in it a little bit.
2. Melo M12
Carmelo Anthony’s 12th signature shoe with the Jordan Brand is a good performer, unlike the Knicks. The M12 utilizes a mesh upper that fits really well. The cushion performs nicely, the M12 features an unlocked Zoom unit in the forefoot that you can actually feel, and it gives a nice bouncy and responsive ride. The Melo M12 is decently priced as well ($135), meaning you can not go wrong by choosing it. The M12 has been released in some cool colorways and the silhouette itself looks good as well.
1. Jordan XXX
Michael Jordan’s signature shoe is almost as legendary as the His Airness himself. The 30th(!) model in the Air Jordan line, the Jordan XXX, features some of the most advanced technologies in basketball footwear on the market. The traction is, as Don stated, “nuts,”. The translucent outsole sticks to the floor and is deafeningly squeaky. The XXX fits well, and the upper, a performance woven material, has a premium feel. The lockdown is the best ever in the Sole Brothers’ opinion, due to the textured insole and excellent fit. The cushion features Flightspeed unlocked Zoom in the forefoot, and it is okay, the heel feels clunky, which makes the heel to toe transition perform below expectations. The performance of the Jordan XXX on the court is awesome, and there are some seriously dope colorways either available or coming soon.
Nike’s Jordan brand is kind of disappointing to the Sole Brothers. The MJ’s signature shoes are usually great, but everything else they produce is just okay, which is a let down considering the brand’s namesake. Let us know what you think in the comments below and check out Don and Sammy’s discussion.