The Definitive Air Jordan 3 Fit And Sizing Guide

My Methodology

I like to preface this sizing guide by saying that there is no “perfect shoe size”, but rather a “size range” that works best for most people when it comes to sneakers. As you continue reading, understand that this “size range assumption” will serve as the foundation for the fit and sizing advice provided in this guide. Enjoy and I hope it helps!


HOW DOES THE Air Jordan 3 FIT?

The Air Jordan 3 fits comfortably at true-to-size.

Generally speaking, the Air Jordan 3 fits true-to-size and most buyers will be safe going with their most common Nike or Jordan Brand size. Continue reading for more helpful tips based on your individual foot type and fit preference.


Sizing Tips

Air Jordan 3 Fit and Sizing Guide

  • I usually wear a US12 (11.5 occasionally) in most Nike and Jordan Brand shoes, and that’s what I prefer to wear in the Air Jordan 3. Now I can admit that I prefer to wear my shoes on the snug side, but even being a big guy with chubbier feet the size 12 works and doesn’t feel snug with AJ4s.

  • If you consider yourself to have narrow feet, I would still recommend going true-to-size or with your most common Nike or Jordan size in the Air Jordan 3. The way the shoe is designed lends itself to being a good shoe for varying foot types.

    For those that are in-between sizes, going down a half-size can be an option if your preferred size isn’t available.

  • Those with wider feet are safe staying true to size depending on how loose or snug you like your shoes to fit. Since the Air Jordan 3 is a retro basketball shoe, the toe and mid-foot area aren’t what I consider to be narrow.

    Those wide footers that prefer more room can opt for going a half-size up.

  • If you prefer a snug fit or like to wear your shoes loosely laced, you can do so in the Air Jordan 3 without having to size down.

    The way the shoe’s lacing system is designed makes it easy to dial in on the perfect fit without having to go with a smaller size.

  • If you prefer a roomy fit from a width standpoint, you can always go a half-size up (especially those with wide feet), however, the Jordan 3 lacing systems can be adjusted to provide a more comfortable fit even at your normal size.

  • From my experience, the Air Jordan 3 has a similar fit profile to the Air Jordan 4 and 11 which I both prefer to wear in a US12.


Air Jordan 3 FAQs

Answers To Common Questions

  • Considering it was originally released back in 1989, the Air Jordan 3 is a fairly comfortable shoe for what it is.

    It won’t blow you away, but the shoe’s visible air unit does provide enough comfort for casual wear and should hold up during most wearings as long as you don’t push them too far.

    As always, for added comfort you can opt for after-market insoles that could add additional cushioning if needed.

  • Most Air Jordan 4 releases offer uppers comprised of full-grain leather and “elephant print” panels.

    On occasion, Jordan Brand may add suede or nu-buck panels as well.

  • When it comes to most Air Jordan 3 offerings comprised of traditional leather, they can be easily cleaned with a product like the Essential Shoe Cleaning Kit by Reshoevn8r which provides everything necessary to keep your pair looking fresh and for a reasonable price.

  • If you’re into nostalgic Air Jordan models or shoes in general, then the Air Jordan 3 has to be in your collection.

    My preference is OG colorways that MJ actually wore on the court, but there are a lot of great GR and collaborative releases that are definitely worth a cop as well.

    Of course, these are just my opinions, but since you asked the question…

    I’ll have to say, “Grab a pair if you haven’t already.”


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