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Do Jordans Run Big?

If you're into your sneakers and looking to pick up a pair of Jordans, you're probably wondering 'do Jordans run big?'

With so many different kinds of Jordans available, it can be tricky figuring out if they all fit the same and whether you can stick to your normal size.

Fortunately, we're here to talk you through some general rules to follow when buying Jordans, and also give our guide on how your basketball shoes are meant to fit.

Let's begin...

Do Jordans Run Big?

This is a difficult one to answer as the Air Jordan has changed drastically over the years, from the original leather 1, all the way to the latest Air Jordan XXXVI featured in our list of the best basketball shoes.

Air Jordan 36 product image of a pair of white, red, and black sneakers.
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Air Jordan

Also, people's feet can differ in size and width which means a true-to-size fit for one person might not be as accurate for another.

In fact, a 2011 Footwear Science study found that there are differences between the fit of basketball shoes and their perceived comfort, which might make finding the right fit even trickier.

Generally speaking though, Jordans fit true to size for everyday use and for on the court action, all the way through from the 1's to the 36's.

You may find going a size up on Jordans to be beneficial for playing in if you've got slightly wider feet as this should ensure your feet remain comfortable and supported, but aren't fitted too tight that your movement becomes restricted.

If you're unsure, then you can normally find size charts on the Nike website so you can compare the size of your feet to the size the manufacture recommends for added peace of mind.

How Should Jordans Fit?

We've mentioned that Jordans typically fit true-to-size, but what exactly does that mean?

Well, if we start with the toe box, Clarks recommend you leave about one finger's width of space between your longest toe and the end of your shoe.

We think this should be applied to Jordans as you want to ensure your toes have enough room to move freely, particularly during a basketball game to avoid lateral compression and to minimise creasing.

Furthermore, you generally want the upper part of your Jordans to fit firmly around your ankle, especially in high tops, with the ability to tighten it to your discretion with laces in order to provide maximum support.

Some sneakers, like the upcoming Air Jordan 11 Adapts, feature self-lacing technology to ensure the perfect lock-in so you're both comfortable and supported during a match, or during everyday wear.

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In terms of flexibility, Jordans should bend near the balls of your feet and not around the midsoles as this would indicate your sneakers are too loose.

Feeling the bend around the midsole can lead to blisters, foot pain, and potentially more serious problems like breaking your ankles as you won't be secure inside your shoes.

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