The Jordan CP3.XI. Eleven. That number doesn’t seem like much, but when we are talking signature shoes it is a lifetime.
Very few athletes stay relevant long enough for eleven signature shoes, much less still perform, but Chris Paul is still one of the world’s top point guards and seems to be stronger with Houston than any time in the last few seasons. Which brings us to the shoe seen here, the Jordan CP3.XI.
Chris Paul has long been wearing a cut between mid and low, normally called a 5/8 height, for years now, and the XI is no different. Coming just under the ankle bone but still higher than a true low-top, the CP3.XI allows flexibility while still being cut high enough to lock down the heel. The upper is made of the same felt-like synthetic as the Nike Kobe AD Mid, so breathability will probably not be this sneaker’s strong suit.
Cushioning is provided by heel and forefoot Zoom Air units. On first impression, they are very subdued but can be felt. The midsole foam — actually, the whole cushioning set-up — feels almost like the Jordan Why Not Zer0.1 but less stiff.
As the foam breaks in a little more the Zoom should come through and become more noticeable. Traction is herringbone across the forefoot and transitions into a broken bone pattern in the heel. The rubber on this pair is translucent, soft, and the pattern is shallow, so outdoors feels like a no.
Fit is fairly true to narrow, so wide footers will definitely want to try these on before buying. The strap can be loosened or tightened to the wearer’s liking and it does actually provide some lateral support for cuts and containment.
The Jordan CP3.XI is scheduled to release in April but the brand has not announced a release date yet. This colorway is called “Rocket Fuel” and will retail for $115.
Look for the performance review to drop before release day so you all can make an educated purchase. Stay tuned and let us know what you think down below.
Photography by Bryan Hinkle for WearTesters.com