Jordan Super Fly 5 Review
Much to Sammy’s dismay, he tested the Jordan Super Fly 5 due to the high volume of requests from our viewers to review this shoe. The Sole Brothers were not fans of the Jordan Super.Fly 4 which is why Sammy was not excited about reviewing this shoe. The Super.Fly 4 was not a horrible basketball shoe, but it was not even remotely close to being as good as most other shoes. Did Jordan Brand improve upon last year’s model and build a sleeper shoe? Let’s find out.
The Super Fly 5 uses a honeycomb traction pattern with thin grooves and a hard rubber compound. On a clean indoor court, the traction is pretty good and you stick to the floor pretty well. On a dusty court like the one Sammy plays on, this outsole attracts a ton of dust and caused Sammy to slide quite a lot. The Sole Brothers give the traction a rating of 7/10.
This shoe uses a Phylon midsole and a forefoot Zoom Air unit for its cushioning system. Surprisingly, Sammy said that he could feel the Zoom unit quite well. The Zoom unit feels pretty bouncy and the overall cushion provides good impact protection and decent court feel. It did require a substantial amount of break in time in order for Sammy to get this effect, he reported that it took about 5 days (they usually play a few hours per day so the break in time was at least 5-10 hours) to break the cushion in. Overall, this cushion felt pretty nice which was not what we expected, earning the Super Fly 5 a rating of 8/10 for its cushion.
The upper on the Super Fly 5 is constructed with a foam backed mesh with fuse in the high wear areas and a synthetic skin overlaying the mesh on the heel/ankle area. The material transitions from the mesh to synthetic skin in a similar way as the Jordan XXXI. The materials are very stiff and do not conform to your foot, which is not great for comfort but is good for support. Overall Sammy was not a fan of the materials on Super Fly 5, giving them a rating of 7/10.
Fit: The fit was one aspect of this shoe that Sammy enjoyed. The Super Fly 5 fits very narrowly and runs true to size as far as length is concerned.
Support: The materials used for the upper do not stretch which is good for the midfoot and forefoot support. The shoe has one major problem as far as support is concerned. The Super Fly 5 uses an inner bootie construction for a snug fit, which is fine, but the upper wraps over that inner bootie to provide strength and rigidity which you need. The problem is that the upper is not able to tighten around the ankle area because the inner sleeve and Achilles pillows create too much separation. The result of this is that the Super Fly 5 provides no ankle protection whatsoever, and Sammy rolled his ankle quite badly a few times.
Lockdown: The lockdown in this shoe is pretty good overall, especially in the midfoot and forefoot areas. The ankle and heel areas are locked in, but since the support is so bad in that area, you do not feel locked in and safe. Overall the Jordan Super Fly 5 earns a rating of 9/10 for fit/support/lockdown.
Ventilation, Durability, and Aesthetics
Ventilation: This shoe was not the most ventilated shoe around, it was quite warm. Sammy gives it a rating of 7/10.
Durability: The Super Fly 5 should be pretty durable, the outsole is hard and the materials are super strong. The Sole Brothers give it a rating of 9/10 for durability.
Aesthetics: This silhouette is very plain and basic looking, not like a shoe by Brandblack which focuses on a sleek and simple design that is aesthetically pleasing. This shoe simply looks boring. We give it a rating of 6/10 for aesthetics.
The Jordan Super Fly 5 in a size 7.5 weighs in at 12.52 ounces which is not only surprisngly light, but is so light that it is close to the Curry 2. Even though it is light by weight, it does not feel very light and streamlined like the Curry 2. The Super Fly 5 retails at $140, which is very overpriced for such a mediocre shoe. The only things Sammy really enjoyed about the Super Fly 5 were the cushion and the fit. The Sole Brothers do not recommend the Jordan Super Fly 5 since there are much better shoes available for the same price or cheaper. Let us know what you think in the comments, check out our scorecard below, and watch Don and Sammy give their Jordan Super.Fly 5 Performance Review below.