Chris Paul’s eleventh signature sneaker, the Jordan CP3.XI, has landed on the FastPass chopping block for a thorough evaluation.
Let’s take a dismantled look at the Jordan CP3.XI and see how this model was made to perform as well as our own WearTester Duke4005 found it to be in his CP3.XI Performance Review.
Starting with the upper, this particular colorway utilizes a textile mesh with synthetic leather at the toecap and heel. There is a large rubberized strap covered in a synthetic suede provides some lockdown and adds a bit of aesthetic flair. A different type of mesh backing is used to reinforce the upper’s support but the sneaker looks surprisingly thin as far as materials go.
Cushion-wise, we are looking at top-loaded heel and forefoot Zoom units inside a Phylon foam carrier. For a $115 sneaker, the 8mm thick oval-shaped forefoot Zoom unit provides as much coverage as one would expect while the just slightly thicker 8.33mm heel Zoom unit comes in as a smaller-than-expected hex size. For an athlete of Chris Paul’s skill set, it’s understandable why heel coverage may not be such a big deal. The midsole rides at around a 6mm offset from heel down to the forefoot and looks set up to give a nice amount of court feel for guards.
An elongated TPU shank plate is found at the midfoot to provide torsional support and the outsole finishes off the shoe with a varying herringbone traction pattern (on this solid rubber colorway). Both FastPass and Duke4005 found the strap to be stiff at first, but but it broke in after some wear.
For even more on the Jordan CP3.XI check out Nightwing2303’s detailed look at the CP3.11.
What are your thoughts on the construction of the Jordan CP3.XI? Anything else you believe should be pointed out in this deconstruction? Sound off down in the comments and let us know.