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Air Jordan 31 Review

Air Jordan 31
Air Jordan 31
Air Jordan 31
Air Jordan 31
8.2
Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$184.99
Type:
Mid Top
Release Date:
9/2016
Ranking:
Traction
6.0
Cushion
9.0
Materials
9.3
Support
8.1
Fit
8.3
Outdoor
50%
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Colorways of Air Jordan 31:

White / Black / Varsity Red
White / Black / Varsity Red
No stores found
Black / University Red / White
Black / University Red / White
No stores found
Varsity Red / Black / White
Varsity Red / Black / White
No stores found
Black / Game Royal / White
Black / Game Royal / White
No stores found
Black / Starfish / Black / Sail
Black / Starfish / Black / Sail
No stores found
Black / Concord / Anthracite / White
Black / Concord / Anthracite / White
No stores found
Black / Anthracite / White
Black / Anthracite / White
No stores found
Black / White / Wolf Grey
Black / White / Wolf Grey
No stores found
White / University Red / Deep Royal Blue
White / University Red / Deep Royal Blue
No stores found
Concord / Bright Mango / Black
Concord / Bright Mango / Black
No stores found
Green Abyss / Ghost Green / White / Volt
Green Abyss / Ghost Green / White / Volt
No stores found

Summary of 7 Expert Reviews:

Pros:

Premium materials
Full-length Zoom cushioning

CONS:

Very inconsistent traction
Expensive

Performance of the Air Jordan 31:

Overall reviewers are disappointed by the Air Jordan 31. While some think the traction is decent, others call it literally dangerous. The premium upper material gets a lot of praise but the synthetic leather heel is less liked and caused pain for a few reviewers. Overall, the traction is really killing what otherwise could have been a great shoe.
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Reviews of the Air Jordan 31:

The 8.2 average overall rating ranks #94 of 123 shoes overall
7.8
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
January 1, 2017
Overall, my opinion of the Air Jordan 31 is really mixed. Definitely a drop-off from previous models, but still a solid performance sneaker.
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7.8
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
These shoes are absolutely incredible - aside from the catastrophic failure that is the traction. I can't play in these because the traction is literally dangerous.
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7.8
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Each piece of the shoe is great. Put them together and it’s not a perfect match. The biggest issue to tackle is how to get full length unlocked Zoom to be more stable underfoot.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
I did like the super soft woven upper and the responsive cushion.But inconsistent traction and pain in the heel from the achilles padding keep this shoe from being in my regular rotation.
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8.5
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
January 1, 2017
I’ve come to expect the best from the modern Air Jordan line when it comes to performance, and the Air Jordan 31 fully delivers. There are a few matters of personal preference, but overall, there is little to criticize.
8.6
KickGenius
January 1, 2017
I wasn't impressed by the Air Jordan 31 because the traction really holds them back. Other then that it is a pretty solid shoe and get's the job done.
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8.8
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Does the shoe perform? It absolutely does. I do like how the shoe adapts to my movements while providing adequate lockdown and support. The cushion feels fine but I was expecting something totally different or new, and the traction has its suspect points.
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Traction of the Air Jordan 31:

The 6.0 average traction rating ranks #121 of 123 shoes overall
7.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
January 1, 2017
The traction is not terrible, but it is far from good.
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1.0
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
A catastrophic failure!
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
While it’s nowhere near as bad as the XXX’s traction, it’s still pretty inconsistent.
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6.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
The traction is very inconsistent. Any type of dust - you are in trouble!
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8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
January 1, 2017
When the sole of the Air Jordan 31 is clean, the herringbone-style pattern offers a secure grip, but it had a tendency to pick up dust fast.
6.0
KickGenius
January 1, 2017
Decent traction at best, don't be surprised if you do a split on dusty courts.
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7.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
It’s not bad, but it’s not great — it’s inconsistent.
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Cushion of the Air Jordan 31:

The 9.0 average cushion rating ranks #38 of 123 shoes overall
9.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
January 1, 2017
The cushioning wasn't as outstanding as in the last three Air Jordan models, but it is still one of the best options for impact protection.
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10.0
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
Full-length zoom cushioning, super-low to the ground and very responsive.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Impact protection, court feel, responsiveness, it’s all there in the XXXI. The thing I wasn’t a fan of is how unstable it feels.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
Full length zoom is awesome as always, while still providing court feel and responsiveness.
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8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
January 1, 2017
Overall impact protection has improved. But it comes at a price. Court feel, while still good, isn’t at the level of previous years.
9.0
KickGenius
January 1, 2017
Full length zoom and Flightspeed tech - Jordan brand is giving the customer the best they have to offer
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
It’s been a while, but I’m glad full-length Zoom Air is back.
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Materials of the Air Jordan 31:

The 9.3 average materials rating ranks #6 of 123 shoes overall
9.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
January 1, 2017
I like the materials.
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10.0
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
Man is this upper nice. Premium materials and very comfortable fit.
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9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The materials on the XXXI are easily its best attribute, this is performance woven done right.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
Performance upper feels nice, but I don't like the synthetic leather in the heel.
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10.0
KickGenius
January 1, 2017
Flyweave is my favourite upper material - I wouldn't change anything!
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
This is what the Air Jordan XXX should have been.
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Support of the Air Jordan 31:

The 8.1 average support rating ranks #92 of 123 shoes overall
8.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
January 1, 2017
Support is not phenomenal but definitely good.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
Support is nice, no complaints there. Lockdown is really good too.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Too much space in the toe box and full length Zoom feels wobbly.
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6.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
Support and lockdown might be the biggest disappointment in this shoe for me. Full length zoom feels wobbly and doesn't offer stable platform for quick cuts.
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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
January 1, 2017
Innovative ankle support combined with the lateral forefoot’s large outrigger makes for a stable and reassuring playing experience.
9.0
KickGenius
January 1, 2017
I didn't have any issues in the support department, but the retro shilouette doesn't help with containment.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The support is good but not outstanding.
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Fit of the Air Jordan 31:

The 8.3 average fit rating ranks #85 of 123 shoes overall
6.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
January 1, 2017
The first time I wore them they absolutely tore my heel up.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
Fit is so awesome you forget you are wearing shoes.
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7.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
Some lace adjustments will be needed during your first couple of games to ensure you’re getting the best and most secure fit.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
Overall comfort of the fit is solid, but I had severe pain in the heel when lacing too tight.
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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
January 1, 2017
The AIr Jordan XXXI provides a sublime fit that’s easy to slide on and off, and can be laced as loose or tight as your personal preferences allow.
9.0
KickGenius
January 1, 2017
The overall fit is nothing less than great.
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10.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
I’d say the fit is one of my favorite aspects of the shoe.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

The 50% average outdoor rating ranks #54 of 123 shoes overall
fair
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
I think outdoor you should be fine because the rubber is hard.
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Width of the Air Jordan 31:

slightly wide
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
Slightly wide and roomy in the toe box.
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slightly wide
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The Air Jordan XXXI fits a bit wide.
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slightly wide
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
They fit wide in the toe area.
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slightly wide
KickGenius
January 1, 2017
If you have a wider foot you are going to enjoy these
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slightly wide
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
My slightly wide Shrek-like feet had no problem
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Size of the Air Jordan 31:

true to size
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
January 1, 2017
Go true to size.
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true to size
The Sole Brothers
January 1, 2017
Go true to size.
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true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The Air Jordan XXXI fits true to size.
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
January 1, 2017
The Jordan 31 fit true to size.
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true to size
KickGenius
January 1, 2017
Jordan Brand is really good at making their shoes fit true to size.
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true to size
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
January 1, 2017
The Air Jordan 31 fits true to size.
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