Zoom Air Bad fit, clunky transition and a harsh collar made the Air Jordan XV almost as unpopular from a performance perspective as it was aesthetically.
Regardless, it was still one of the early Air Jordans to be made in a number of player exclusive colorways for the Team Jordan members. The firm cushioning platform, shaky grip and loose fit makes these a rarity on courts these days. So perhaps they worked better as a baseball cleat in Birmingham. Well, if it was still , the answer would probably be yes.
Unfortunately, your foot may catch on fire mid-game, and they're not known for their traction of cushioning. The upper may have been comfortable, but the shoes traction and cushioning have been surpassed over and over.
As a modern basketball, it boasts great traction and solid heel cushioning, but leaves a lot to be desired in terms of fit, support and lockdown. That's kind of the tradeoff you get for its plush quilted lining and thick leather upper. Heel Air Sure, they're outdated at this point compared to literally anything currently on the market.
But the AJ 1 still has awesome collar protection, screeching traction and surprisingly good support. If you like court feel over cushioning, they're worth a shot. The 1 is also known to be a sleeper hit for players that their own custom orthotics at their disposal.
That's partly because the original features thicker, higher quality leathers and a more firm midsole. Loved for its ankle support, outstanding traction and support, the XII has lived on as a solid performer all these years later. Nate Robinson says its in his Top 3 to play in, and we're likely to be seeing it on-court for years to come. Smooth transition, an expertly sculpted upper, and the best cushioning available at the time of its release were among the XX3s high points.
One of the more durable game shoes ever made, the traction pattern was actually inspired by golf holes, which an unretired MJ coincidentally spent less time frequenting that season. Features like its carbon fiber insole and heel and forefoot Zoom ensured a solid on-court experience. An underrated gem to be sure. Inspired by a Ferrari, the XIV also turned corners sharply and kept you fully supported to try to replicate Mike's last shot in Utah as often as possible.
I've easily tried at least a couple hundred times over the last 15 years. Luckily though, the shoe had much more to offer. The cushioning stands out to this day as one of the best, pre-Flight Plate, of any Air Jordan. While the lasered strap was most noticeable, the shoe's IPS platform offered up a great ride, reliable traction and responsive cushioning. If people were down with the ankle leash strap, they were in for the best playing Air Jordan up to that point.
And that makes the AJ that much more impressive. Credit goes to its fantastic Flight Carbon midfoot shank, which allowed the upper to be so minimal that the shoe was able to maintain the feel of having a traditional construction. The employed full-length Zoom, a targeted assymetrical cut and herringbone, which all worked as well as you would expect and brought the line back to respectability.
But in the case of the Air Jordan XX8, it's most definitely the greatest.