What’s the powerful and forceful “combat weapon” in your memory? Is it comfortable in all portions? Is it satisfying in all respects? Well, there must be at least one answer in your mind. And when asked to give my own answer, I’d say some models of the AJ series which, after all, basically offers the TOP sneakers of the year all the time. Then what about today’s protagonist, the Air Jordan 36? Well, buddy, I should say that it is a mixed blessing.
Frankly speaking, AJ36 is really a pair of shoes with disadvantages and obvious advantages. Why my saying so? Yep! While the advantages can be very obvious , the negative ones, however, are mainly some hidden safety problems and basically require further thinking and detection to be found. But let’s waste no more time and dive right into my long-term-based(about 10 months) Air Jordan 36 performance review.
Fit and comfort
From the shoes’ sizes alone, you can feel their upgrades by the brand. These are actually a bit particular because they can offer you the best and comfortable experience only when you’ve picked up your most suitable size. Otherwise, you are most likely to run into a lot of discomfort. Unlike other AJ shoes I’ve worn before, even if I copped a bigger size, I could still make up for it by turning to thick socks or anything the like. For AJ 36, however, I couldn’t have enjoyed its super nice comfort had I not been to the stores and tried them on in the flesh.
For those with high insteps, wide feet and flat feet, they definitely cannot go true to size because their regular sizes here will only make them suffer a lot of discomfort. Therefore, it’s recommended here to actually try on and adjust their regular sizes to either bigger or smaller ones.
And for the normal footers, the pressure on their insteps will be very obvious. Without wearing thick socks, they’ll find their little toes hard pressed at the beginning. So, again, the suggestion is to have a try in person.
Nevertheless, for those of you with thin feet, you’re relieved of the hassle of trying on because you’ll find it more than suitable to go with your regular sizes, maybe even to the point of perfect. As for me who is a wide footer, now that I’ve picked up the right size, I haven’t had any slippage inside the shoes so far and length-wise, things were perfect, so we’re good there.
As is mentioned above, whether the shoes are comfortable to wear depends on whether you’ve chosen the right sizes. From my perspective, things are solid comfort-wise. This is no exaggeration, buddy!
Inside the “walls”, there’s plenty of smooth and soft padding, not least around the ankle & heel areas. With the big heel pull tab there, they are made super easy to put on. Over and above that, with the shoe’s smooth finish, I am enabled to slide in nicely with all manner of performance socks.
In conclusion, AJ 36 is a package that’s compact and super comfortable providing that you’ve chosen the right size. Quite right to the point!
The vamp support and wrapping of the whole pair can surely be hailed as top-ranking. Although the vamp deforms obviously while I was making lateral movements, the awesome part here is that I could still feel my feet firmly locked inside. In other words, the vamp can hold my feet super well. Not a bit of slippage, I can assure you! Simply put, the extension and deformation of the vamp will not make you feel that your feet are out of control.
However, the vamp is not capable of controlling its own deformation, bringing on possible or hidden dangers that cannot be felt during plays. For players who are heavier&bigger, the weak strength in the legs or ankles will further result in increasing the risks of hidden dangers. Hence some necessary protection measures here.
A Zoom sits in the forefoot area while the Zoom Stroble accompanies the whole soles. Sounds impressive and many people will even regard it as a hardcore setup. So what is the truth on earth? Let me share with you my detailed thoughts.
Objectively speaking, it is actually a hardcore and fairly standard setup. The superposition of the air cushion in the forefoot can not only bring players a very good foot feel and court sense, but also offer wonderful energy return properties.
Nonetheless, it should be mentioned that the forefoot cushion is really that terrific for players with sufficient strength underfoot, but for those with relatively weak strength, they cannot fully experience the nice rebound from it but rather the slight rebound from the upper Zoom Stroble.
For heavier and bigger players, however, the energy return of the forefoot can also be inconsistent because the overall air pressure of Zoom Stroble is not as good as that of large Zoom. Of course, this has also something to do with the foams there. So how good the cushion is actually depends on what you want from it.
Someday I also found that after removing the insoles, the forefoot would become far tougher, which could be obviously felt. Therefore, such special insoles for the shoes are indeed very essential, from which I can get a glimpse of the originality of the brand.
The heel portion is a bit stiffer than the front since it only features a layer of cushion. For me who weighs 80kg, the heel cushion is a bit insufficient for court use while some of my friend who weighs 90kg can receive some feedback fro it. In spite of that, I cannot say the heel cushion falls short of impact protection or a proper heel-to-toe transition. Both are there. It’s just the actual feel is more subdued when compared to the forefoot.
As of today I don’t have any complaints about the shoes’ traction. The outsole, once again, features the herringbone grains that are basically reliable. In fact, the herringbone is an old hat because it is widely used in the AJ sneakers, from which we can tell that the pattern is really widely enjoyed and powerful.
For the traction of this one, based on my personal experiences, it is very nice and is never too much. Thanks to this, I never end up slightly slipping out on a stop, cut, or change of direction.
On indoor courts, I sometimes play on the smooth hardwood floor provided by some indoor stadium in my neighborhood. It is always clean though, it is not suitable for this one. Though the traction is basically fine there, it hasn’t reached the ideal level I want. The number of slight slip-outs, as I had expected, are occasional.
Personally, I prefer outdoor courts because the outfield offers broader vision. Although the outsole lacks a strong and ideal bite indoors, it makes up for that outdoors for the concrete surfaces definitely provide far more friction so that the bite is rather healthy and aggressive.
I deem that I cannot notice better traction on a concrete surface court in any other AJ sneakers released in 2021, though that doesn’t rule out my lack of experiencing enough number of sneakers. Despite that, I do read that people are having more consistent experiences with that shoe in terms of traction.
There are some amazing aspects on this AJ 36, such as the last, the vamp wrapping, the application of new vamp materials as well as the ultra-lightweight mid-sole technology which means less energy expenditure.
The Air Jordan 36 is an ultimate low-profile shoe with both advantages and disadvantages. For the most of you, however, I deem that you might as well think twice before taking action. After all, in spite of the inviting advantages in the shoes, its shortcomings cannot be ignored. That is the security problems might result in possible injuries if there are not any precautions.
All in all, the best method to figure out whether this is your thing is to try them on in person. After all, my experience and thoughts here are only for your reference and the final decision is yours.