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The Jordan Aero Flight may not have the same aesthetical appeal as some of the more popular basketball sneakers from Jordan Brand, but from a strictly performance standpoint, they definitely make the cut.

All of the expected performance elements are present in the Aero Flight, including Flywire construction for overall support and Zoom Units in the forefoot for cushioning. The mid-top sneakers provide excellent ankle support thanks to a lockdown fit that is firm without being too constricting. All-around padding on the collar gives the sneaker a custom fit that allows the ankle to move freely without much friction. The high-traction rubber outsole on the shoe promotes forward momentum thanks to its slight curvature at the forefoot. True to its name, the Aero Flight is designed specifically to maximize aerodynamics in order to help increase both speed and mobility on the court. The shoe features a sleek look that won’t necessarily turn any heads, until, of course, the action tips off—at which point the full potential of the shoe comes out.

With the emphasis Jordan Brand (and Nike as a whole) has put in recent years on shoes that don’t need to be broken in, the Aero Flight is yet another piece of high-performance footwear that is ready to hit the court right out of the box. The sneaker fits true to size, adapting around the foot like a glove for a completely natural feel. The one thing the shoe lacks is sufficient breathability. In fact, the only real source of ventilation is through the mesh tongue. But, then again, for a basketball sneaker this isn’t uncommon.

Bottom Line: The Jordan Aero Flight is ideal for guards and forwards looking for a highly responsive shoe that will compliment an uptempo style of basketball.

Weight: 12.1 ounces

Get yours for $120 at Nike.

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