Search Shoe

Air Jordan 33 Review


Air Jordan 33_1
Air Jordan 33_2
Air Jordan 33_3
Air Jordan 33_4
Air Jordan 33_5
Facts & Figures:
List Price:
$174.99
Type:
High Top
Release Date:
10/2018
Outdoor Rating:
20%
# of Reviews:
8
Traction
8.4
Cushion
8.4
Material
7.9
Support
8.9
Fit
8.2
very narrow
very wide
runs small
runs large

Best Deals for Air Jordan 33:

shop_banner1 From $104.99

PROS:

  • Innovative lacing system
  • Very supportive and stable shoe

CONS:

  • Very heavy

Summary of 8 Expert Reviews:

The Air Jordan 33 is probably the first performance basketball shoe without laces. The innovative FastFit lacing system works surprisingly well and provides great lockdown but is less customizable than traditional lacing systems. The traction works very well on lateral cuts, but some reviewers experienced slipping on straight-line movements. Cushioning starts off very stiff and less comfortable than in previous Jordan models but gives you a nice balance of court feel and impact protection. Overall, the Air Jordan 33 is a very divisive shoe - some reviewers loved it, some hated it. If you are into innovative tech and can afford the steep price - then give it a try!
See all 8 reviews

Expert Reviews of the Air Jordan 33:

9.1
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The traction and cushion are very solid but the FastFit lacing system has room for improvement and may throw some people off.
Watch the Video|Read the article
9.0
The Sole Brothers
We love the new FastFit lacing system. The Air Jordan 33 will definitely be in my rotation even though it is a bit heavy and clunky.
Watch the video
8.8
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The Air Jordan 33 is a great shoe, especially for big guys looking for impact protection and support. Quick guards looking for a light and minimal shoe should look elsewhere.
8.8
RicheeKim
Even at the hefty price of $175, I really enjoyed playing in these. The AIr Jordan 33 is a great performer that really stands out on the court thanks to the fast-fit lacing system.
Watch the video
8.3
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I can't recommend the Air Jordan 33 because they never really broke in for me. The midsole remained extremely stiff and uncomfortable, even after 30 hours of 5 vs 5 play.
Watch the video
8.0
Schwollo
Overall, the Air Jordan 33 is a good shoe if you love the looks and the innovative sneaker tech. It performs well in almost every aspect but I think $175 is too expensive for what you get. $130 would be a much fairer retail price.
7.2
PureKicks
The Fast Fit system is no gimmick, the support is great, but the materials are a letdown - there are just too many!
Watch the video
7.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
I am very disappointed in the Air Jordan 33. The traction is inconsistent, the materials are subpar and the comfort is a disaster!
Watch the video
Get the SneakerGeek App!
Sneaker Geek App
Find basketball shoes that fit your playing style and stay up-to-date with all the latest releases!
iOS App Store
Play App Store

Traction of the Air Jordan 33:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Air Jordan 33 bit the floor nicely and loud as hell.
Watch the Video|Read the article
9.0
The Sole Brothers
The traction was amazing on lateral movements but slightly slippery on linear movements.
Watch the video
9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
Works well on clean courts but dusty courts are problematic.
9.0
RicheeKim
Super loud and one of the best traction patterns I've experienced in any Jordan model.
Watch the video
9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The traction is snappy, responsive, and works reliably - even on dusty courts.
Watch the video
8.0
Schwollo
The micro tread pattern does well, especially when clean or freshly wiped.
7.0
PureKicks
Traction was inconsistent on dusty courts.
Watch the video
7.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
Loud, squeaking traction that does a good job on lateral moves, but I slipped a lot going in straight lines or planting for jumps.
Watch the video

Cushion of the Air Jordan 33:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Hex Zoom in the heel and unlocked Zoom Air in the forefoot take a little to break-in but provide a nice little extra spring to your step.
Watch the Video|Read the article
8.0
The Sole Brothers
Court feel is okay, impact protection is pretty good, and there is a lot of responsiveness.
Watch the video
9.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The great big slab of Zoom Air in the forefoot and the hex unit in the heel provide perfect impact protection once the firm Phylon carrier is broken in.
8.0
RicheeKim
After breaking in the midsole you get a really nice response from the unlocked Zoom bag in the forefoot. The heel is a little dead and overall the setup feels a bit clunky.
Watch the video
9.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The forefoot unlocked Zoom Air is bouncy and explosive.
Watch the video
9.0
Schwollo
If you can't feel the very large forefoot zoom you should get your nerve endings checked!
7.0
PureKicks
The big Zoom unit in the front is great, but the heel-to-toe transition is very clunky.
Watch the video
8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The Zoom Units are responsive but the outsole is crazy stiff and takes forever to break-in.
Watch the video

Materials of the Air Jordan 33:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Unlike the Air Jordan 32, the textile here is much lighter, thinner, and more breathable.
Watch the Video|Read the article
9.0
The Sole Brothers
The materials are very thin, soft and pliable.
Watch the video
7.0
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The mesh/fuse construction doesn't provide the premium look and feel we're used to from Air Jordan but the materials get the job done.
9.0
RicheeKim
The materials feel really premium, look good, and perform well!
Watch the video
8.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The materials get the job done, but for $185, I would have liked more premium materials.
Watch the video
7.0
Schwollo
Nothing to see here but Mesh. If you’re big on value and how luxurious a shoe feels, look elsewhere.
6.0
PureKicks
Every material on their own is fine, but there is just too much going on which leads to unnecessary weight and a clunky feel.
Watch the video
8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The materials aren't very premium and they don't feel the best.
Watch the video

Support of the Air Jordan 33:

9.5
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
Despite being laceless, the Air Jordan 33 easily keeps you on the footbed and locks your heel down tightly. The midfoot torsion support is a bit much in the beginning but breaks-in nicely.
Watch the Video|Read the article
10.0
The Sole Brothers
Amazing lockdown and great stability.
Watch the video
9.5
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The Jordan XXXIII is easily the most supportive, structured shoe on the market today from a major brand.
9.0
RicheeKim
I never had any heel slippage or side-to-side movement. Lateral movements are no problem either, thanks to the wide and stable base.
Watch the video
8.0
Schwollo
The hidden speed plate provides very good midfoot support and the flat and somewhat wide outsole provides you with a lot of stability.
8.0
PureKicks
Makes you feel locked-in and locked down!
Watch the video
8.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The FastFit lacing system provides great lockdown, but I would have still preferred a more customizable traditional lacing system.
Watch the video

Fit of the Air Jordan 33:

9.0
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The standout of the Air Jordan 33 is the FastFit lacing system: Does it work? Yes. It actually does. Is it perfect? No.
Watch the Video|Read the article
9.0
The Sole Brothers
Super snug fit with very little dead space. The Fast Fit lacing system works like a charm and gives you crazy lockdown.
Watch the video
9.5
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The lockdown is complete and total – you will have NO heel slip or lateral movement.
9.0
RicheeKim
The fast-fit lacing system is awesome and provides great fit.
Watch the video
7.0
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
The new lacing system works fine and provided good lockdown around the fore- and midfoot, but the ankle collar was a little too loose for my liking. The stiff midsole never really broke-in and was very uncomfortable during longer playing sessions.
Watch the video
8.0
Schwollo
I had no issues side to side or front to back because the lacing system just works.
8.0
PureKicks
The Fast Fit laceless lacing system works well and the half-boot construction feels great.
Watch the video
6.0
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The shoe is really snug at first and it takes a little while to get used to the fit. Not very comfortable overall.
Watch the video

Is Outdoor Use recommended?

no
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
I would not recommend the AJ33 for anyone that plays primarily outdoors.
Watch the Video|Read the article
good
The Sole Brothers
Very hard rubber and deep grooves - should be okay outdoors.
Watch the video
no
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
The pattern isn’t deep and the rubber isn’t exactly hard, so outdoors will probably not be a good idea.
no
PureKicks
Big fat no because of the translucent rubber.
Watch the video
no
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
The outsole doesn't seem to be very durable.
Watch the video

Width of the Air Jordan 33:

slightly narrow
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
This shoe is snug width wise.
Watch the Video|Read the article
slightly narrow
The Sole Brothers
Runs a tad bit narrow.
Watch the video
slightly narrow
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
It is just a seriously tight, snug fit.
slightly narrow
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
A little bit narrow.
Watch the video

Size of the Air Jordan 33:

true to size
NightWing2303 [weartesters.com]
The Air Jordan 33 fits true to size.
Watch the Video|Read the article
½ size large
The Sole Brothers
Go down half a size unless you have very wide feet.
Watch the video
true to size
Duke4005 [weartesters.com]
I would say go true-to-size and try to break them in as quickly as possible.
true to size
RicheeKim
Go true to size.
Watch the video
½ size large
JAHRONMON [Youtube]
I went down half a size because I feel they are a little long in the forefoot.
Watch the video
½ size large
Schwollo
Regular and narrow footers can go down half a size depending on their preferences.
true to size
Nelson Chan @Hoop and Life
True to size.
Watch the video
The "SneakerGeek" App
Find the best performance basketball shoes and keep you up-to-date with all the latest releases!