Original Posting (01/20/2020): A topic that has not been discussed here at TheSneakerBrief.com is the overall durability of performance footwear. While we have covered the durability of shoes we have personally wear tested in our reviews, we’ve never covered other people’s isolated issues with their footwear. Now, we’re covering the Air Jordan 34 and its common durability issues from several wearers.
The general release Air Jordan 34 arrived to retailers featuring a foam midsole encasing a forefoot Zoom Air bag and heel Hex Zoom Air bag, a midfoot Eclipse plate for stability and support, while reducing the shoe’s overall weight, as well as an extremely thin and see-through textile mesh upper.
Displayed in photos below are durability issues several wearers have sent to us with the Air Jordan 34. The first issue is the Eclipse plate which has literally cracked in half at the midfoot. The second issue belongs to the flywire eyelets ripping apart from the upper, due to the lack of durability of the fabric used for the flywire. Further issues such as Zoom Air bags popping have also been included.
Let us know what you think of these durability issues of the Air Jordan 34 in the comments below. Be sure to join our Discord community for FREE and share your thoughts there as well. Are these Air Jordan 34 issues dealbreakers? No. Can the shoes be returned? Yes. Does this mean the Air Jordan 34 is a bad performing basketball shoe? Not at all. It just means the shoe has a few common durability issues that several wearers have experienced. Stay tuned for further articles just like this here at One on One Testers.
UPDATE (03/30/2020): A new photo has surfaced courtesy of HUPU user 虎扑用户348386 showcasing the Eclipse plate cracked at the midfoot of the shoe.
UPDATE (03/03/2020): New photos courtesy of HUPU user 涌子blue给 show another glimpse at the Air Jordan 34’s forefoot Zoom Air bag popping.
UPDATE (02/12/2020): New photos have surfaced from wearers overseas of their Air Jordan 34’s eyelets once again ripping.
UPDATE (02/11/2020): New photos have surfaced of the Air Jordan 34’s forefoot Zoom Air bags popping, which is very similar to the Nike KD 9s issue as well.
The photos below show the Air Jordan 34’s outsole (after a brief amount of use) sinking in, due to the deflation of the forefoot Zoom Air bag. While this is likely only an isolated issue among a handful of wearers, it’s an issue regardless of how many people experience this. Zoom Air bags popping, and deflating of their Air isn’t something that is totally uncommon. We’ve seen it happen with the KD 9 and 10, and several other Nike Basketball shoes that have its Zoom Air technology exposed in some way. In the Air Jordan 34s however, the bag isn’t exposed, aside from it slighly peaking out beneath inside eclipse plate. More recently, a Jordan Brand model that we last saw have quite a large issue with Zoom Air bags popping and deflating was the Air Jordan 29.
Let us know what you think of this wearers’ Air Jordan 34 issue in the comments below. Be sure to let us know if you’ve experienced the same thing, or any other issues in the Air Jordan 34.
UPDATE (01/29/2020): Zion Williamson has officially made his NBA regular season debut, and has been seen rocking various different Air Jordan 34.
Beginning of the Game
The photo above was captured at the beginning of the game of the New Orleans Pelicans vs Cleveland Cavaliers game on Tuesday, January 28th, 2020. As you can see from the photo, the TPU Eclipse plate at the midfoot, and foam itself does not have many compression pairs, nor is the Eclipse plate “bent” yet.
End of the Game
This photo was captured at the end of the game. As you can see, in just 30 minutes of playing time for Zion Williamson, the foam midsole already has significant compression marks as the midfoot, directly above the Eclipse plate. Moreover, the Eclipse plate is not intact either, as it is partially bent.
Another photo of Zion Williamson’s Air Jordan 34 shoes in a contest versus the Boston Celtics on Sunday, January 26th, 2020. The photo depicts the same foam compression as the previous photo shown, as well as the Eclipse plate bending.
RECAP: Should Zion Williamson and Jordan Brand be worried about Zion’s Air Jordan 34 in-game shoes blowing or tearing like the Nike PG 2.5s? Probably not. It’s highly likely Zion swaps out sneakers each game to avoid this. Being 6’6″ and 285 pounds, Zion has quite a large frame, and is pure muscle. His weight and size obviously contributes to this issue with the durability of his Air Jordan 34 in-game shoes. However, this likely isn’t to be a worry as long as long as he wears a fresh, new pair of 34s each game. Nonetheless, Zion should definitely be wearing something more supportive for his size and weight as the Air Jordan 34s upper is significantly thin, as well as the midsole obviously not being able to contain his weight for more than one game. Stay tuned for further updates at the site for what Zion Williamson wears throughout the remainder of the 2019-2020 NBA Season.