Jordan Brand continues to impress with its budget-friendly performance footwear. You all have been asking and now, the Jordan Jumpman Hustle Performance Review is here.
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Man, do I miss herringbone. It’s so simple, elegant, and efficient. Yeah, this sh*t works. It would’ve worked a bit better if Jordan Brand/Nike used better translucent rubber compounds, but any issues the clear sole had — when it came to grip — the pattern made up for. Dust can clog up the grooves of the Jumpman Hustle so if your gym isn’t as clean as you might like it to be then you’ll need to periodically wipe the soles.
A simple setup like this is great for indoors and outdoors so if you play on either type of court you should be good to go. Stanley Tse is currently testing the XDR version of the shoe that is exclusive to the China region so stay tuned for that performance review. If you’re a wide footer and prefer solid rubber then grabbing a pair from overseas may be a great option for you.
Forefoot Zoom Air is used within a lightweight Phylon midsole to cushion the Jumpman Hustle. I’m pretty sure the forefoot Zoom Air unit is what you’ll find in an Air Jordan 13 and 14 Retro — and like those shoes, the forefoot feels springy underfoot while maintaining a low profile height for court feel.
The Phylon used here should be touted as well. While it’s basic, it feels great. The Jumpman Hustle, while offering minimal cushion on paper, is so damn comfortable. The shoe might look thick and chunky but it certainly doesn’t feel like it.
The Jumpman Hustle’s main build is a basic textile bootie. Elastic bands are located at the entry tongue area for ease of access. Nylon lace loops are found under the hood while the overlay is comprised of synthetic vinyl and synthetic patent leather. Yes, the patent finish on patent leather has always been synthetic, but it used to be laid atop actual leather. This setup isn’t that. This is just a thin faux patent material.
While I love the look and feel on-foot, this area could have been beefed up a little. Mainly, at the patent section. It doesn’t contain quite as nicely as I’d like so certain movements allow for a bit of sliding/stretching. It doesn’t happen all the time but when it does you’ll feel it and it can be distracting.
The Jordan Jumpman Hustle fits true to size. I do think they’d be wide footer friendly if your foot isn’t extremely wide at the forefoot. If it is then pick up the overseas China pairs that offer a slightly more accommodating fit.
Lockdown is great from a linear standpoint, but as I mentioned above in the material section, the lateral containment could have been a little stronger — especially for a shrouded setup. If your foot sat within the midsole, as it does in the Why Not Zer0.1, then I think this would have been a non-issue. However, in the Jumpman Hustle you sit on top of the midsole from the midfoot to the forefoot so you’re solely relying on the upper to keep you contained.
Support in the Jumpman Hustle is adequate. It could be a little better overall but it will work for most. The midfoot has a small internal torsional shank while the base is fairly wide. There is a small internal heel counter that is reinforced by the midsole, which wraps up and cups the heel.
Lateral support from the materials could have been better and will be noticeable by those that strike fast, hard, and heavy upon movements. Someone said these could have been a Why Not Zer0.2 type of shoe, likely due to the use of the shroud, but I don’t think the upper would be strong enough to contain Russ’ movements without added support from the midsole (the way the Why Not Zero.1 is built).
Overall, the Jordan Jumpman Hustle is a wonderful shoe. It’s super comfortable, very lightweight, and has a great look to it (personal opinion, of course). And the shoe won’t break the bank.
Is the Jumpman Hustle perfect? No, but it’ll take care of you on-court. If traction and cushion are your main priorities then you should be happy with this shoe. If you need a lot of support from the upper then you might want to keep looking.