Air Jordan 32 Review


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Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$184.99
Type:
Mid Top
Release Date:
10/2017
Outdoor Rating:
63%
# of Reviews:
12
Traction
 
8.3
Cushion
 
8.9
Material
 
9.4
Support
 
8.9
Fit
 
8.7
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

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PROS:

  • Premium Materials
  • Very good all-around performance

CONS:

  • Expensive Price
  • Very heavy

Summary of 12 Expert Reviews:

All critics agree that the Air Jordan 32 is a huge improvement over the disappointing Air Jordan 31. Reviewers (with one exception) praise the traction and love the premium materials. Segmented Zoom Air cushioning provides a low to the ground feel while still providing good bounce and impact protection. The new bootie-style upper fits very snug but tends to be a bit difficult to put on at first. Overall, Jordan Brand delivered a very good all-around performer that will work for all types of basketball players.
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Expert Reviews of the Air Jordan 32:

9.2
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Air Jordan 32 is a huge step in the right direction. Everything feels refined. If Jordan Brand can keep the stability but increase the flexibility then it will have perfected the Flight Speed setup. I think people are going to like this one.
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9.2
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
This is hands down the best on-court Air Jordan Model to date, as it should be. Every feature fits the mold to near perfection. Jordan Brand took a huge step in the right direction across all performance aspects.
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9.2
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The Air Jordan XXXII is a banger for real. This shoe has everything you need: good traction, good cushion, excellent materials, and amazing support.
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9.0
Schwollo
The AJ XXXII is a great shoe that should satisfy everyone except the minimalist hoop crowd that love shoes like the Kobe 8, Mamba Mentality, Instinct etc
9.0
RicheeKim
Across the spectrum, this shoe performs very well and should work for all types of players. Pretty pricey, but worth every penny!
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8.8
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The Air Jordan 32 is a great performer and I was a little sad when I had to put these aside to test other performance shoes. The only two downsides are the long break-in period and the hefty price tag.
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8.8
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
Despite sky-high expectations, the Air Jordan 32 mostly delivers. I liked the more minimal collar and feel of the 31s cushioning better, but thought the 32 offered far superior traction and a smoother transition.
8.7
KickGenius
I think this is a great shoe for in-between players who are looking for a good mix of comfortable cushioning and responsiveness.
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8.6
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
I think Jordan brand did a great job with the XXXII. This has taken over the Nike PG1 as my go-to basketball shoes. Traction, cushioning and lockdown are all great - what else do you need in a performance sneaker?
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8.5
PureKicks
Overall, I would describe the Air Jordan 32 as a responsive shoe with ultimate support. Great for big guys, but unfortunately, the traction was pretty disappointing.
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8.5
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Pros: Great Traction, Cushioning provides a good balance between impact protection and responsiveness. Cons: The shoe feels really bulky and heavy in the back, and I would have liked a little more flexibility.
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8.2
The Sole Brothers
Nice shoes with premium materials and nice cushioning. I was a bit disappointed by the traction and the lateral containment. At a steep $185 I wouldn't recommend these.
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Traction of the Air Jordan 32:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Not only did they grip the court, but it gripped really well.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
No matter hard the cuts I made, the Air Jordan 32 traction pattern played to all my needs.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Traction on the Air Jordan XXXII was straight up beast mode compared to the 31.
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9.0
Schwollo
Great traction especially on clean floors but not in the top tier across the spectrum of conditions.
9.0
RicheeKim
The traction has an amazing bite and squeaks like nothing else.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The overall experience was pretty consistent but not perfect. You will need to wipe often on dusty courts.
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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The 32’s grip is as good as any I can remember an Air Jordan having.
8.0
KickGenius
The traction can be hit or miss.
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9.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The traction is really good. Inside or outside, we didn't have any problems.
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6.0
PureKicks
The traction didn't feel great and took a lot of wiping. If you are a defender who likes to slip and slide - this is the shoe for you!
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The traction is probably the best aspect of the shoe. Even on dusty courts, you will need to wipe only very little.
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5.0
The Sole Brothers
Not as bad as the Jordan 31, but not as good as the D Rose 8 or Kyrie 3 either.
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Cushion of the Air Jordan 32:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Heel and forefoot segmented Zoom Air returns and for me, this setup feels more balanced than unlocked setups in the past.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The cushion setup provides enough stability and impact protection to give you springy bounce-back.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The Air Jordan XXXII’s cushion is still money and the impact protection is excellent.
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9.0
Schwollo
This set up doesn’t blow my mind but it feels like Zoom should and is a great blend of impact protection, responsiveness, and stability.
9.0
RicheeKim
Phylon carrier with unlocked Zoom in the front and regular Zoom in the heel. I wish more shoes would use this type of setup.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
Very long break-in period, but after that, you get amazing energy return and high-level responsiveness. Probably the most versatile cushioning setup out there today.
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8.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The cushioning offers more than ample impact protection, but it just didn’t feel as dynamic as those models with the carved-out bags.
9.0
KickGenius
Great balance between court feel and impact protection.
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9.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
Low to the ground feeling, bouncy but still responsive with good impact protection. I absolutely love it.
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10.0
PureKicks
The cushioning is clearly my favorite part of this shoe.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The cushioning is well-balanced. The midsole is a bit firm at first, but after a while the transition is fine.
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8.0
The Sole Brothers
The cushion is very firm and responsive. Heel to toe transition is a bit clunky in the beginning. Subtle bounce and low to the ground feeling.
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Materials of the Air Jordan 32:

10.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I absolutely love the materials on the Air Jordan 32.
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10.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
This is the Fyknit we’ve all been asking for.
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10.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
I could not have asked for better materials.
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9.0
Schwollo
Nice Flyknit JB. If you’re big into materials, you’ll enjoy these.
9.0
RicheeKim
The pure Flyknit upper feels amazing and offers a lot of containment.
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10.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The best version of Flyknit ever used on performance basketball shoes.
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9.0
KickGenius
Comfy and moldable upper.
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9.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
I like the upper a lot. Gives you stability but it's not bulky in any way.
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9.0
PureKicks
The Flyknit upper feels really nice and comfortable. Unfortunately, it's also pretty heavy and not very breathable.
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Probably the best Flyknit that was ever put on a basketball shoe. The inside of the shoe is very soft and comfortable. Unfortunately, the heel area is very bulky and restrictive.
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10.0
The Sole Brothers
This s**t is crazy. The very premium materials feel great and look amazing.
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Support of the Air Jordan 32:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Support shouldn’t be an issue. A solid outrigger, as well as an internal and external heel counter, worked well.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The support gives you exactly what is needed and removes everything else.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
The support is bomb too.
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9.0
Schwollo
Stability is excellent on the XXXII thanks to forefoot outrigger and a fairly flat outsole around the heel.
9.0
RicheeKim
No heel slippage, no side-to-side movement, and my ankle felt really secure.
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9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
No thrills, no gimmicks - the support does a great job without doing anything special.
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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The molded collar, along with the ribbed external heel counter, give rock-solid stability. Combined with the forefoot outrigger, the shoe feels safe and secure.
9.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
Lockdown is excellent, lacing setup is a little bit tricky. Firm cushioning also helps with feeling very stable and secure.
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9.0
PureKicks
The support is fantastic, maybe even too much for smaller and quicker players. Great for big guys!
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8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Ankle support is very good but feels a little restrictive and bulky.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
The Flyknit upper stretches a little too much for me. Ankle support is decent and lockdown is good.
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Fit of the Air Jordan 32:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The shoe just felt like it was made for my foot, something I really enjoy.
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9.0
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
The materials are comfortable and nicely conform to my foot.
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9.0
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
My foot did not move in this shoe no matter what I did.
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9.0
Schwollo
No heel slip or movement side to side, just a tighter and more refined fit than the XXXI. Great job JB!
9.0
RicheeKim
After the material breaks in the one-bootie upper gives you a great 1:1 fit.
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8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
After breaking them in, you start to feel every thread of Flyknit wrap around your foot. Great lockdown, but the midfoot was a little tight and I had a little dead space in the toebox.
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9.0
Zac Dubasik [SoleCollector.com]
The bootie style upper makes this shoe a bit hard to get on but does fit securely from the start.
7.0
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
The shoe fits very snug and I felt a little bit of pressure in the heel. After time went on the felt better.
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9.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Nice and plush feeling around your feet.
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9.0
The Sole Brothers
After breaking them in they are very comfortable. Materials fit really nicely to your feet, no unnecessary dead space at all.
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Is Outdoor Use recommended?

no
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
I do not recommend hooping outside in these — ya boy’s outsole is starting to fray.
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good
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
Outdoor traction was good.
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fair
PureKicks
A solid rubber version should do the trick outdoors.
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good
The Sole Brothers
The rubber is super hard and thick, so outdoor use should be good.
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Width of the Air Jordan 32:

regularly wide
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
Wide footers, you guys will be okay going true to size as well.
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slightly narrow
RicheeKim
The shoe feels slightly narrow.
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slightly narrow
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
They fit really snug and there is no dead space at all.
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slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
These run pretty narrow.
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Size of the Air Jordan 32:

true to size
Stanley T. [weartesters.com]
True to size was the way to go.
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true to size
Another Pair [weartesters.com]
True to size.
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½ size large
Schwollo
They are a tad long but I only had a little more than a finger width at the toe box which is my preference.
½ size large
RicheeKim
Runs a tad bit long.
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true to size
MR FOAMER SIMPSON
Very snug, but I wouldn't recommend sizing up.
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true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
A little snug in the beginning, but true to size is the way to go.
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½ size large
The Sole Brothers
Maybe you want to go down half a size.
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