I always want to test out and review as many shoes as I can since every single player likes different types of shoes. Some like lows, some prefer the mids or even the highs. Today, we got a low top version of the AJ 32 to the test. This will be a quick review detailing all the differences from the Mid, which I already made a review on.
I’ll talk about the shoe’s tech specs, the fit, performance, the upper and decide if it’s worth the price. By then, you’ll be able to decide which version you like more. Let’s start the Air Jordan 32 Low review!
WEIGHT: 454 G. / 16.01 OZ
TYPE: LOW TOP
RETAIL PRICE: $160
TECH: ZOOM AIR, FLIGHTSPEED, FLYKNIT
FIT: TRUE TO SIZE
MY RATING: 9/10
BUY ON: EBAY
ZOOM AIR & FLIGHTSPEED
The same cushion setup is present – ZOOM AIR units in the heel and forefoot areas, along with the torsional FlightSpeed plate that smoothens out step transitions, provides stability and properly activates the ZOOM units for maximum energy return.
We also have the same Flyknit upper construction. If you read the Mid review, you know it – this is as close to 100% pure Flyknit as it gets. It’s awesome.
SAME THING PLUS ROOM FOR THE ANKLE
So the fit experience is overall very similar to the Mid simply because all the tech, materials and construction is identical. The only difference is the absence of the relatively high ankle collar.
The shoe fits great after a break-in period. It’s comfortable, soft on the inside, has proper lockdown and I experienced zero major issues (no dead space, slipping etc.). Go true to size whether you’re a narrow, regular or wide footer. The Flyknit will gladly mold to your foot shape in time.
The key difference from the Mid was how much more free my ankle was (duh). The shoe doesn’t really weigh less without the collar but it does feel that way just a tad bit. If you want more mobility and speed with the cost of no ankle protection, go with the Low.
There’s no reason to talk about the cushion setup since it’s excatly the same. Balanced, versatile, more on the responsive side, some impact protection. These would be the ke phrases to describe the Jordan 32’s cushioning.
Once again, the same outsole = same traction. Fantastic grip but pretty sensitive to dust and not really durable enough for proper outdoor play. Not that you’d want to spend $160 for an outdoor beater.
This is where I felt the biggest difference from the mid top. I felt that the Mid was relatively restricting and bulky. That doesn’t take away the fact that the shoe does support you and lock you in nicely. If you prefer a bit more mobility and comfort though, I think the Low does that better.
You will lose the potential ankle protection and extra lockdown in the upper foot area but it’s not really a drastic loss. I’ve played in shoes that basically have useless ankle collars and while this may not be one of them – it’s not on the opposite side either.
IDENTICAL – STILL PREMIUM
The same Flyknit at the front and synthetic leather at back combo is back and it’s still awesome. From the AJ XXX1 to this one, this upper just works. Legit pure Flyknit at the front makes for one hell of an experience in terms of softness, comfort, mobility and lightness.
The back where the leather sits also does a nice job of locking in the heel, securing and supporting.
Overall, an excellent material combo that kills it performance-wise.
PRICE VS. QUALITY
THE SAME SHOE FOR CHEAPER
Comparing to the $185 Mid’s, this is fantastic deal for $160. Yeah, it’s still expensive these days but you pretty much get the same shoe with a 5% difference for $15 less.
You won’t lose much by taking the Low’s, so if you’re targetting the AJ 32, getting the low top option is definitely a good idea in my opinion.
BEST FOR ANY MEDIUM-HEAVY PLAYER
The AJ 32, mid or low, are great shoes that do what they’re supposed to do. They are comfortable, provide good traction, solid cushioning, confident support and a fantastic upper. The price is high comparing to recent budget models that are really good. But if you’re willing to pay for it, $160 AJ 32 Low is pretty damn worth it.
+ A SOLID, VERSATILE CUSHION SETUP
+ GREAT TRACTION ANYWHERE YOU STEP ON
+ A FANTASTIC MATERIAL COMBO
– STAY AWAY FROM PARKS
Okay, that’s it for the review! I hope you found it useful!
I like to hear your thoughts on this. Will you be picking it up? Have a question?