Every year it seems Jordan Brand makes a great team shoe that completely flies under the radar. From the Jordan FBI to the XVI.5 to the Super.Fly series, some part of the brand — now known for fashion and off-court retros — has not forgotten its performance roots. Now, we’ve got our hands on the newest offering in that vein: the Air Jordan Fly Lockdown.
The Jordan Fly Lockdown was rumored to be a signature shoe for Kawhi Leonard — the name makes sense since Leonard is known for his defense — but it now being released as a Team shoe (Kawhi hasn’t signed his extension with Jordan Brand at this time, so no signature yet). The Fly Lockdown features a woven textile upper that is very reminiscent of the Jordan XX9. It also uses a forefoot Zoom unit that feels like the oval unit found in the LeBron 15 Low and PG 2.
The outsole sports a modified herringbone with some pivot circle patterns along the lateral side. The rubber isn’t too hard, but the pattern is spaced wide so dust collection shouldn’t be a problem. The lateral midsole sculpting may be the craziest I’ve ever seen — the Phylon wings on the heel and forefoot overlap and extend like a roof over the sides.
The best part? The Air Jordan 6 heel loop. With the Air Jordan 6 Flyknit — I mean the Flyknit Elevation 23 — also on shelves now, the Air Jordan 6 seems to be back in the spotlight; the Fly Lockdown continues that focus.
Priced at $110, the Jordan Fly Lockdown comes right in at the PG 2, Dame 4, and CP3.XI price point, making it an affordable option for season play or pickup ball.
You know a performance review is coming soon, so stay tuned here for updates and future colorways.