Who would have thought that the Air Jordan XXXII would be this good?
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The Air Jordan XXXII uses a negative effect herringbone — at least that is what I call it. It’s way different than the Jordan XXXI’s crosshatch herringbone pattern. However, the traction on the Air Jordan XXXII was straight up beast mode compared to the 31. Don’t get me wrong: I enjoyed the traction on the XXXI because it had its moments, but overall the traction was just ok for me.
Now, the XXXII reminds me of beauty and the beast because these are beautiful as sh*t and the traction is a beast. The tackiness from this rubber was lovely. You will still need to wipe every now again because dust will stick a bit, but that is rare!
Outdoors, the traction was good for the one game I played. I live in Illinois and it’s October, so it is cold out. However, I do not recommend hooping outside in these — ya boy’s outsole is starting to fray.
This year Jordan Brand decided to get rid of the full-length unlocked Zoom Air and go with something a little more full length-less. The XXXII utilizes a bottom-loaded Zoom Air unit in the heel and unlocked Zoom Air in the forefoot.
This setup was nice, but that springy feeling we had in the XXXI is no longer a thing because the Zoom units don’t extend past the outsole on the XXXII. If you are a fan of that bouncy feeling and are ready to click out of this article because you are upset it may be gone, don’t do it. The Air Jordan XXXII’s cushion is still money and the impact protection is excellent.
The materials used here are dope — I am talking straight fireball status. The upper is true Flyknit; it is tough and yet it moves so well, kind of like a male bodybuilder doing ballet — picture for that for two seconds. You’ve got this big strong man moving so fluently doing twists, turns, pirouettes, and jumps. The Air Jordan XXXII’s materials are strong and durable, and move well with my foot. The ‘Rosso Corsa’ colorway uses suede at the heel that gives the sneaker a nice touch. I could not have asked for better materials on the Air Jordan XXXII.
True to size. I did experience some tightness in the midfoot area that worried me at first. I didn’t think that the Flyknit was going to give and break-in, but once it did I was in for a nice ride.
Wide footers, you guys will be okay going true to size as well. At first, the shoe will feel tight, but it will break in. It is kind of like getting into cold water for the first time. At first, you’re all tense and uncomfortable, but once your body gets used to the cold, you will then loosen up and become free in the water. However, as I always say, try the shoe on in store if possible — you’re the best judge of your fit.
Lockdown was the bomb. Like I said before, just let the Flyknit do its thing and it will stretch out a bit. You may have to re-lace a few times, but once you find that proper fit you are golden my friend. My foot did not move in this shoe no matter what I did.
If the fit and lockdown were the bomb then you already know the support is bomb too. The Air Jordan XXXII features a broad, flat base so the stability is on point. On the lateral side of the shoe you will find an outrigger that keeps your foot upright and your ankle from buckling.
Up from there, the midsole cups the bottom of the heel and holds it in place. Both an internal heel counter and external heel counter create a double hug on the heel for support. Oh, did I mention the moderator plate? Yep, your foot will not turn into a ball of bones in this shoe — the torsional support is here.
The Air Jordan XXXII is a banger for real. It looks good and plays well. If you were on the fence about the Jordan XXXII, don’t be. Go ahead and cop because you will not be disappointed; this shoe has everything you need: good traction, good cushion, excellent materials, and amazing support. I am a huge fan of the XXXII’s. Good job Jordan Brand.