Before I start, it ought to be acknowledged that the Jordan 31’s were my weekly game shoe for 2017, I wore the red “Chicago” colorway and I loved everything about them except that the translucent sole needed constant cleaning – but it was worth it. So naturally, I was eager for the release of the Australian release of the Jordan 32’s and could not wait to test and review these kicks on the court.
So when the Air Jordan 32’s “Win Like 82” were delivered to my door, my hopes and expectations were pretty high – Was I disappointed….read my review to find out!
Jordan 32 Specs
- Breathable Flyknit type fabric offers areas of stretch and support around the middle and forfoot. It conforms to the shape of your foot for a comfortable, lightweight feel.
- Low-profile Nike Zoom Air cushioning in the heel and forefoot provides lightweight responsiveness.
- Over the forefoot Nike Zoom Air, FlightSpeed technology distributes the compression of your force. Maximizing responsiveness to give you an explosive feed.
- Laces seamlessly integrate with the Flyknit fabric for containment and support.
- Internal foam in the heel and collar for addtional comfort.
- Solid rubber or translucent soles for durability and multi-directional traction
Cushion. A sizable unlocked Zoom Air is embedded into for forefoot which means it is highly responsive giving first class bounce-back, the heel area is also load with its own pocket of Zoom Air which offers excellent impact protection when coming down hard on the heels.
Both Zoom Air units are balanced with a midfoot “Flightspeed” carbon look stability plate. While, the underfoot cushion is nothing short of exceptional the midfoot plate does stiffen the shoe. At first, this feels at little cumbersome, but it reaches it peak after being worn in, it does take some time of this unit to soften to your stride. Once is does, everything works like a charm.
Traction & Grip. The Air Jordan 32’s solid rubber outsole traction pattern consists of a close knit of squares with a line through the middle of each square with rotates from one square to the next, this pattern extends throughout the whole rubber sole.
So how does it grip and is it any better then the 31’s? – MVP, yep straight up glue. Similar to the former model they take 30 minutes or so to wear the sole in, but from here you feel like your every-move is reactive and responsive. Near perfection!
Fit & Size. The Air Jordan 32 appears to run true to size, both wide and normal-footers should be OK to run with there actual size in this outfit.
I personally loved the ankle pillows inside the 31’s for that snug support, I understand not everyone was a fan of them. They are left out this time around so I was initially concerned about the fit. This all dissipated, once I tried them on. The ankle opening is supported by a nice thick layer of foam which filled the void quite nicely, the forefoot is wrapped by a layered sock like wrap which reduced the need to tighten the laces to any degree.
Laces are seamlessly integrated into the flyknit upper with the exception of the ankle laces which feed through the synthetic leather side tabs which wrap around your ankle keeping your foot looked down and back.
Containment. The Air Jordan 32’s lacing system seamlessly integrates with the Flyknit upper for comfortable ride right from the outset.
Underneath Flyknit material is an interior neoprene like harness system that includes webbing which really locks your foot in place. An internal foam ankle and heel collar add that extra comfort and stability while the shoe’s lofted design with the side loaded tabs all work to lockdown your heel and back into the sneaker.
The Air Jordan 32’s knit structure is one of the best I have seen, it is more flexible than any previous upper under the Jordan brand.
Underneath the Flyknit is a sock like neoprene layer which softens the Flyknit fabric which incorporates some high-tenacity yarns specifically engineered to conform with the shape of your foot.
The layering technique, works well but I had some concern of its breath-ability. With this, I thought I would take them through there paces for 40 minutes or so. I did have some thick athletic socks on, so maybe this helped as I didn’t really notice any traditional heat at my feet.
The outer heel is backed by firm rubber ridged cup which wraps around the achilles given the shoe a distinctive look.
While the materials used all provide the performance characteristics every baller should be looking for in a true performance kick, it does lack that premium aesthetic feel and look of the 32’s in my opinion.
Full credit to the design team for managing to create a modern performance basketball shoe that justifiably pays homage to the Italian inspired Jordan 2, I do feel they missed an opportunity to incorporate a build based around the Italian leather and design elements that inspired the original.
That said, I like the design. It does a great job of mimicking the profile the AJ2 while adding features such as a Flyknit upper with premium leather accents around the ankle.
The retro Jordan wings logo adorns the tongue while on the sides, the Jumpman logo is embossed into the side of the sole.
The distinctive heel cup has six ridges, one for every championship ring that Micheal Jordan brought to Chicago. To finish the lace aglets are of plastic type with an anodized look finish displaying the famous number #23 on each.
In summary, the Air Jordan 32 is another Ferrai model parking in the driveway at Jordan HQ to go alongside some of their former greats. This shoe incorporates some elements that differentiate it from any other in the long MJ signature line. Its integration of tech, materials and performance make this something special.