Air Jordan XXX Performance Reviews

Yes, one aspect of a shoe can ruin the entire experience.

Traction

Taking the shoe to the hardwood for the first time was a great experience as far as traction is concerned. They stuck like glue. But as I wore the shoe more, the traction continually wore down as the topcoat of rubber lost its stickiness due to dust building up. If you want to know what type of performance you’ll receive from the outsole, just check the condition of the floor – It solely depends on how much dust is present. On pristine court conditions, these things stick like glue, while on other courts with average amounts of dust, they are mediocre. When I took them to extremely dusty courts, just forget about it, you’ll be slipping all over the place. To keep it simple, the traction on the Air Jordan XXX for sale was one of the most disappointing parts of the shoe. Jordan Brand has been going in the wrong direction since the XX8 from the outsoles’ perspective – Let’s just hope they can improve on the XXXI.

Cushion

The Air Jordan 30 features the exact same tooling as its predecessor, the Air Jordan XX9 – Unlocked forefoot zoom with nothing in the heel. With that being said, there is one minor tweak to their cushioning. In the XX9, a TPU cage surrounded the entire midsole while in the XXX, the plastic only surrounds the forefoot. With the TPU being removed, the shoe features a smoother heel to toe transition, but as a player that rarely stikes on his heel, I scarcely noticed a difference in the overall performance of the cushion. Chris mentioned that he had some issues with the stability in the heel due to the softness of the foam, but I think that will depend on what type of player you are. If you’re like me and very seldom strike with your heel, then you won’t have any issues.

Materials

The materials are a modified version of what was found on the Air Jordan XX9. Performance woven or “jacquard” is found along the upper once again, this time in a much more thin fashion. Personally, I preferred the premium feel that was given by the woven on the XX9, but I can’t complain with this set up either. One thing that I disliked was the addition of the overlay in the toe box. It was there to provide extra structural support and prevent the material from tearing – It surely did that. When I’m hooping, I prefer to have softer materials throughout the entire shoe. If Jordan Brand could have shrunk the overlay material to the very edge of the shoe (like the crazy light boost 2015), then I would have enjoyed it much more. There simply isn’t a need for that much structural support.

As we transition to the rear of the shoe, the Jordan XXX all star features flyknit in the collar area. This was by far the worst part of the shoe – At least for the first three weeks of play. The extra padding in the heel was very flimsy, causing discomfort and blistering. I was forced to bring multiple shoes to the gym while wear testing the Air Jordan XXX because my feet simply couldn’t take two straight hours of play in them. That’s how much discomfort the heel notches generated. The pain did go away after three weeks of break in time, but the extended break in period ruined the entire experience.

Fit

Other than the discomfort in the heel, the fit is absolutely phenomenal. Similar to the Jordan XX9 low, the forefoot fits very snug. Wide footers might not like that, but I love the containment that the shoe offers. Lace loops form as eyelets and help provide the same snug fit in the midfoot area. The addition of flyknit really does a nice job of wrapping around your footwear shoes  in the collar area, but as I previously stated, the heel notches cause so much discomfort that the shoe is nearly unwearable during the break in period. All being said, the fit is more than adequate once they are broken in.

Note: their score will be reduced due to the extended break in time.

Support

The support, similar to the fit, was superb with the exception of the heel notches. Most of the support comes from the containment provided by the fit. Due to the fit being slightly improved from the XX9, the support is also marginally better. There is also a small outrigger in the forefoot that does its job, and the carbon fiber piece that was found in the XX9 is replaced with plastic featuring the cosmos print. In addition, they feature Jordan Brands’ flight speed system to add some torsional support. It’s supportive enough for a big man, but flexible enough for a guard. Absolutely nothing to complain about here.

Overall

Although I wish there was some tech in the heel of the midsole, the flight speed system is still amazing and the unlocked zoom feels great. The performance woven upper is more thin, but still is one of the best uppers on the market right now. But as you can probably tell, the heel notches ruined the entire experience for me. Sure, the traction could’ve been improved as well, but it wasn’t a deal breaker – the heel was. All of our KD10sale.com have agreed on one thing; how in the world did these get approved during the testing process? Oh well, on to the XXXI.

AIR JORDAN XXXI LOW PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Does the Air Jordan XXXI Low fair better than its higher cut counterpart? Check out the full performance review to find out.

Traction – It started off just as bad, maybe even worse, than the original version of the Air Jordan XXXI, but once the Low broke in was better with every wear — something that the high top version just never did. I’m not sure if the rubber compound has changed or not but something is definitely different between the two. Dust does get lodged in the crevasses within the outsole but wipe it away and you’ll be good to go. The best word for me to use to explain my experience with the original AJXXXI would be inconsistent. However, the low top rendition is very consistent. It’s a great update to the original shoe; wearers should enjoy their experience in the Low.

Cushion – Nothing has changed between the high and low AJXXXI. Unlocked full-length Zoom Air is used and it’s awesome. It’s low profile cushion that maintains court feel without sacrificing impact protection — exactly why Zoom Air was created. Yes, the heel still has a slight wobble to it during certain foot strikes but once you’re aware of it then you won’t be surprised if you happen to teeter a little bit. Is there room for improvement to this full-length unlocked Zoom setup? Of course. Nothing is perfect. Hopefully it’s refined for the upcoming Air Jordan XXX2 — really excited to see what JB has got cooking. Overall, if you enjoy full-length cushion that doesn’t make you sit too high off the floor then this is a great option.

Materials – Much like the cushion, nothing has changed between the high and low. Performance woven Flyweave is still featured along the forefoot and midfoot, and it transitions to synthetic leather at the heel. This is my ideal setup: free and form fitting up front with a bit more structure in the rear. It feels fantastic on-foot and moves perfectly without restriction or hot spots. No complaints.

Fit – The overall fit is true to size. However, the low tops feel a bit more narrow compared to the original XXXI. I prefer the way the Low fits my foot because I don’t like any dead space in my shoes; snug and secure is just how I like it and that’s what the Low offers.

Lockdown in the Low was nearly identical to what’s found in the high top — other than the tweaks that were made to make the forefoot feel a bit closer to the foot. Midfoot lockdown was solid while the heel was great as well. Yes, I did miss the heel pillows that were on the high top version, but the sculpt and padding placed within the rear of the Low gets the job done perfectly fine.

Support – With the tweaks to the fit, making the forefoot a bit more snug and secure, the support went from good to really good. The support isn’t restrictive but just enough to allow you to maneuver on-court without feeling like you’ve just laced a brick to your foot. I don’t know about you, but I’d say thats a good thing. Unless you like wearing bricks. Then it could be bad.

Overall – I liked the Air Jordan XXXI but I love the Air Jordan XXXI Low. It’s one of my favorite shoes of 2017 so far, and I’m actually looking forward to grabbing a colorway or two for casual use.

If you enjoy woven materials up front and slightly stronger materials in the back atop a low profile bouncy cushion setup then the KD 10 For Sale be the shoe you’re looking for. The traction starts off pretty bad so give it some time to break-in before completely giving up on them.

If you happen to miss out on the Air Jordan XXX1 Low Cal PE when it releases then maybe you can try out a pair of the Air Jordan XXXI Low tops instead. I mean, why not?