Nike Kobe AD Honesty Performance Reviews

Traction – This sht was beastly! The traction on the Nike Kobe AD Mid Honesty offers multi-directional coverage that didn’t disappoint. Despite being translucent rubber, it worked really well. Dust is attracted to this type of rubber, so you will need to wipe here and there, but it was nothing that would hinder the traction’s performance if you were too busy playing to wipe.

We should all know by now that squeaking doesn’t equate to good traction. However, this outsole was loud. Like, really loud. These guys will have you sounding like Black Canary is out there maneuvering on the hardwood.

Outdoor use is not recommended if you want traction that lasts because the rubber is pretty soft.

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Cushion – You will not be disappointed with this setup. The midsole is Lunarlon and the heel features a large volume Zoom Air unit. Impact protection and energy return are the heel’s main focus. The forefoot is all about offering a balanced ride that allows you to be quick on your feet while still maintaining a level of comfort. There is a slight bounce to the Lunar foam this time around, and the Kobe AD Mid Honesty is more comparable to the Kobe 10 and Kobe A.D. NXT rather than the previous Kobe A.D. If you’ve enjoyed Lunar setups then you’re going to love these.

Materials – For a $150 shoe, a $150 signature shoe at that, the materials used should have been much nicer. Do they work? Yes. If that is all you’re worried about then the Kobe AD Mid Honesty will do just fine. However, I have to call a spade a spade. The materials are horrible — especially for a Kobe model. You can find better materials on the $100 Mamba Instinct.

Something to note: the materials are not breathable at all — not even the tongue. This might be the worst ventilated shoe I’ve worn since the original UA ClutchFit Drive. These might actually be a little worse. At least the tongue on the CF Drive allowed for some heat to escape.

Moisture buildup becomes an issue within the shoe rather quickly because of the lack of ventilation. When you have moisture buildup within a shoe, and you have friction involved, blistering is inevitable. This is a simple mistake in footwear that shouldn’t really happen anymore. While they were awesome, the ’90s are long gone — and shoes that don’t breath should’ve stayed behind as well.

Fit – The Kobe AD Mid Honesty runs true to size…for the most part. I had a weird issue, that I hope is a manufacturing defect with my pair, because the right shoe was tighter than the left one. The additional tightness, coupled with no air flow and tons of friction while playing for 3 hours at a time, ensured that my right foot looks like it just came out of a blender. Disgusting and painful.

I would highly recommend trying the shoe on in-store before you order online — especially if you have a wide foot. I can’t see a wider footer wearing these comfortably going true to size.

As far as lockdown, I never had any issues. That could be because my foot was practically stuck inside the shoe, and even with the left (properly fitting) shoe I had experienced no issues. The lacing enclosure worked well along the midfoot while the slightly raised collar allowed for optimal heel lockdown. Once you get your size down I don’t think you’ll have any real issues.

Support – The Kobe AD Mid Honesty uses the traditional features that we’ve all come to know and love. The internal heel counter does a good job keeping your foot on the footbed. However, the lateral outrigger is much better than the one featured on the original Kobe A.D. These use a slightly wider forefoot base that is flat all the way through the heel so stability isn’t a problem at all on the kd1osale.com.

Nike even brought back the thin glass/carbon fiber shank for additional torsional rigidity and support. We haven’t seen one of those on a Kobe since the 8. Welcome back, we’ve missed you.

Overall – Ventilation and material quality are where the Kobe AD Mid’s Honesty could improve. However, the rest of the shoe plays and performs really well. Traction was awesome and the cushion was solid — especially for guards. I’m hoping we see some material variations of the shoe throughout the season because it would be a waste if the felt uppers are the only option we’re given. If the Kobe AD Mid Honesty had a knitted or mesh upper it’d be one hell of a shoe.






Look at the air jordan 32 deconstructed

The Air Jordan 32 ‘Rosso Corsa’ releases later this month and today we’re taking look at what it’s made of.

The Air Jordan 32 is one of the more anticipated models that we at kd10sale.com can’t wait to play in and that’s because it seems to offer a little bit of everything.

Large Zoom Air units, found beneath the forefoot and heel, measure 11mm thick and 13mm thick, respectively. However, only the forefoot unit has been implemented as Unlocked Zoom Air (where nothing surrounds the unit) so that’ll be the only thing between your forefoot and the hardwood.

The heel unit appears to be bottom loaded so this area should feel similar to the drop-in midsoles that have been featured in the Kobe A.D. NXT and Kobe 11 Elite.

There is a Pebax (TPE) moderator plate running along most of the footbed internally; it should stabilize the ride up front so you don’t sink too far into the Zoom unit and pop it. This type of setup has become somewhat traditional in the annual Air Jordan since the Air Jordan XX8.

The upper is comprised of Flyknit and it’s backed with multiple layers of nylon and padding. Air flow may be significantly reduced with all of these layers and the fabric within will likely soak up a lot of moisture that ends up building up inside the shoe. This became a problem with my Air Jordan XX9s eventually because the shoe (which is built like a sock) ended up smelling like old dirty gym shorts after a couple of months worth of use.

It looks like you’ll be unable to replace/change the laces if they were to break — not something I’m really a fan of. They were hidden for aesthetic purposes, according to Tate Kuerbis, the Air Jordan 32’s designer.

Something FastPass didn’t cover is the collar area, which is supposed to be comprised of luxurious suede according to Jordan Brand. I would have liked to see if this is actually the case or if Jordan opted to take the synthetic route again.

Enjoy the deconstruction of the Air Jordan 32 and feel free to share your thoughts on the model below. Are you excited to play in a pair or do you have your eyes set on something else?






NIKE KOBE AD MID PERFORMANCE REVIEW

If you’ve been wondering how the latest Kobe AD Mid performs, the wait is over. AnotherPair offers his thoughts in our Nike Kobe AD Mid performance review.


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The latest Kobe AD Mid uses a multi-directional engineered tread for optimal traction; it was designed to be a beast and that it was! Have you ever bit into a yellow jelly bean and examined the inside jelly part and you notice it’s translucent with a yellow tint to it and you go to touch it, and it was super sticky. That’s what I’m going to compare this traction to — a super sticky jelly bean.

Wait there’s more. What happens when you continue to play with the jelly? The yellow outer shell begins to crumble and mix into the jelly, making it less sticky! Transfer that over to basketball and what do you have? The more dirt that’s on the court, the less traction you have. However, the traction wasn’t bad by any means.

There were times when I would make a hard cut or try to push off and my foot would slip a bit before it would grip the hardwood, but the traction was still good. As far as the outdoors are concerned, don’t even think about it. You can hang that thought up. The traction will wear down before you can ball game. Don’t waste your time or money playing outside in these.

The Nike Kobe AD Mid Optimism Yellow features a Lunarlon midsole and a Zoom Air unit in the heel that’s a lot bigger than the Zoom bag used in the original Kobe A.D. (just check our Kobe AD Mid deconstructed post for proof). I want to thank god for that because lord knows them things were brutal.

It took a few games for the setup to break in, but once it did it worked well. The impact protection in the heel was excellent, and some very nice Lunarlon cushioned the rest of the foot. It felt like I was like walking in heaven. Well, I wouldn’t quite say heaven. I’d say it felt more like I was walking up to the gates to enter heaven. I’m sure heaven feels like Boost!

The Kobe AD Mid uses a felt-like material with synthetic leather overlays along the upper. I think Nike could have done better in this category. I mean geez, Nike could have at least given us some suede, but who am I to judge?

For being felt, it felt ok. It didn’t have a premium feel but felt alright. It’s lightweight — the material moved pretty well with my foot — and it’s durable. This shoe took a beating, and all you can see on it is some dirt. That’s not bad.

The one thing I can complain about is the breathability. This felt material was like a sauna. My feet came out looking like the Pacific Ocean, and my feet never sweat. It isn’t a deal breaker or anything like that, I’m just letting y’all know that if you want some ventilation you had better look else where because the Kobe AD Mid doesn’t have it.

The Kobe AD Mid fits snug. I went true to size, but it wouldn’t have hurt if I went a 1/2 size up. Wide footers, y’all definitely need to go up a 1/2 a size, and if you can try these on before purchase I highly recommend it.

Lockdown was solid. The ankle collar is padded, which creates a nice bed for the heel, and the Flywire held my foot down nicely keeping me locked in the entire time.

However, there was an issue with the lacing system being too tight and causing some discomfort. The upper laces dug into the top of my foot. The pain was so annoying I had to loosen the laces — and lockdown went out the window after that.

Support was good. The Kobe AD Mid has a broad base with a small outrigger on the lateral sides to keep the foot from rolling over. There is an external heel counter that cups the heel and holds it in place. The shank plate at the midfoot did a good job of keeping my foot stable and kept my shoe from twisting in awkward ways.

Although the materials seemed cheap, the felt and Flywire worked well together by stopping all stretch or give in the material and kept me on top of the footbed.

Just like the fit, all that went out the window as soon as I couldn’t take the annoying pain my laces had caused. Loosening the top lace affected the support as well — my foot was all over the place inside the shoe.

The Kobe AD Mid is a beautiful shoes . I see a bunch of people scooping up a pair of the Kobe AD Mids and serving up some buckets. The only real complaint I have is with the lacing system digging into my foot. Other people may not experience it, but I sure did. However, it isn’t a deal breaker — it’s just an annoyance I’d much rather be without for $150.






air jordan 7 retro pantone performance reviews

air jordan 7 retro pantone performance reviews

The Air Jordan Pantone series debuted in 2010. Is it too little too late for the shoe to succeed at retail?

While I still enjoy the Air jordan 7  Pantone series, a lot of the newer generation that seem to be “into” sneakers likely couldn’t care less about this release. Maybe if it were an Air Jordan 3 or 4, but even those haven’t sold well — even in rare PE edition releases such as the Motorsports and those including the Nike Air branding. With Yeezy and Boost sneakers being all the rage, the Air Jordan 7 ‘Pantone’ will likely be overlooked. However, if you end up grabbing a pair then our detailed look and review of the shoes should help you know what you’re about to receive.

Traction – The overall surface area is very good no matter your position or movements. Clean floors are ideal of course but even semi-dusty courts were no match for the AJ7. It wasn’t until I played on a debris (mostly dust) filled court that traction became an issue which was remedied by consistently wiping the bottom. Certain sections of the rubber are smooth and fairly sticky when new so this will accumulate dust even on the cleanest of courts so some wiping will be needed.

For what is offered, the Air Jordan VII Pantone  offers some very nice traction that can keep you planted and stable throughout gameplay.

Cushion – The most notable difference between the Air Jordan 7 Pantone  and the previous models would be the overall cushion. From what I’ve been told, the original and first round retro releases featured an embedded full length Air unit and these newer retro models have them placed directly under foot. Major change in cushion from all of the previous models and the midsole itself is much more forgiving as well. Out of all the Air Jordan’s from 1-9 I’d say the 7 offers the most out of cushion and comfort

Material – Depending on the colorway the materials will be different. Each material option offers different levels of support so if you wish to maximize support then go with the leather versions. Nubuck versions will offer you less support but offer greater range of motion and mobility. Overall the materials held up nicely, most of the visible damage to the shoe is on the painted sections of the midsole so the leather is definitely a reliable option.

Fit – These fit a little strange for me… an 8.5 fits securely along the midfoot yet they are to short length wise while a sz 9 (which is what I wore) is fine length wise but could have had a slightly more secure midfoot fit. Once fully laced they aren’t too bad and the midfoot is held down nicely while the collar draws your heel back into the basketball shoes keeping the heel and ankle secure. The best fitting Air Jordan right now comes down to the AJ4 & 7, in my opinion.

Ventilation – Not quite as good as the AJ6 but better than anything before that. I would have liked to have had the perforations found along the tongue to have been completely open from the inside out but everything else wasn’t horrible. These are thicker (material wise) than the AJ6 so what you lose in ventilation you gain in supportive materials.

Support – The molded arch does its job while the overall fit and materials will take care of the rest for you. As noted above, the material choice you make will improve the overall support in general. I did wear the Bordeaux colorway during my playing time in the Air Jordan 6 Pantone and the materials along the upper just didn’t give me enough support when putting a lot of torque on the shoe so I ended up switching back to the Olympic version… it was night and day with the amount of support the materials offer between the two.

Overall – The Air Jordan 7 Pantone  =is possibly the best early Air Jordan for on-court purposes. They are a very well rounded shoe in general when compared to the previous models as they offer the best cushion, solid traction, reliable materials with a pretty solid fit, above average ventilation and still offer plenty of support. http://www.kd10sale.com

Air Jordan 1 Retro High Performance Review

The Air Jordan Project has started out nicely so far, to my surprise, and the Air Jordan I is 100% playable 27 years after their release.

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Traction – As you already know from the Performance Teasers, the Air Jordan 1 has great traction. I still won’t give it a full 10 out of 10 but a solid 9.5 will do.

From a front to back standpoint, the traction is incredible. Medial and lateral movements are just as impressive due to the multidirectional circles along with the soft and flexible rubber. This traction surface worked very well on clean indoor courts as well as dusty indoor courts and would probably work well outdoors as well.

Cushion – Again, this is something I went over previously and it’s pretty much a no brainer… cushion wasn’t great. In the video review I show an insole that could help but you can use any insole you feel would work best for you and it would be a huge improvement.

Material – Full leather uppers and a rubber midsole and outsole add some sturdiness as well as weight. They aren’t heavy per say but it is something you do notice while transitioning. The main thing is that the type of leather used allows for added strength and durability which can be a nice feature to have.

Fit – The heel offered excellent lockdown as did the midfoot. With more time spent on-court you will start to notice the fit loosening up due to the moisture and heat buildup so with that I did have to readjust the lacing after every game or so.

Ventilation – Not much of any but there are perforations featured on the toe as well as a nylon tongue for some ventilation, even if just a little.

Support – None… you can purchase an insole with arch support if needed but other than that they are pretty much a flat based sneaker.

Overall – These were playable, which is the main thing. If you wanted the look or styling of an Air Jordan I with modern tech you can either swap the insoles out for cushion or opt to purchase the Air Jordan 1 royal for sale which offers many upgrades in every category, most notably the cushion with its Phylon midsole and full length bottom loaded Zoom Air.

Now… onto the Air Jordan II!

Traction – 9.5/10
Cushion – 6/10 (there is an Air unit in the heel so that deserves at least a 1)
Material – 7/10
Fit – 7.5/10
Ventilation – 6/10
Support – 8/10

Overall – 8/10

air jordan iv retro performance reviews

Traction – The Air Jordan iv doesn’t exactly boast a specific traction pattern or surface & they don’t look to be overly impressive either, however, if kept clean they are actually very good at keeping your foot planted on the floor no matter what you were doing.

This was noted on a previous Performance Teaser but if you can keep the clear sections free of debris then your experience will be a pleasant one. I personally use a traction mat but you can easily bring a lint roller or a roll of duct tape with you to quickly remove debris from the sole… a good old fashioned hand wipe is also adequate so long as you are consistent with it.

Cushion – This is just as it has been with the Air Jordan 3 & 4, Air Jordan 5 is a bit better, so prepare yourself for minimal cushion underfoot. The Polyurethane is dense and the Air Units are embedded within so you won’t receive a comfortable ride but the impact is being absorbed a little.

An easy solution to any cushion issue is an insole swap. There are plenty to choose from and can be catered to your specific needs. I opted to use the SofSole insole – not for cushion – and I will explain more a bit further down.

Material – With this particular shoes there are a variety of material options available depending on the colorway chosen. The reason I went with the Carmine colorway is due to the dual material layers placed along the upper which provided me with proper fit & support where I needed – leather sections – and maintained flexibility where I needed – mostly at the forefoot with the nubuck sections. Overall durability is pretty nice as well given that these are a newer Retro product and they were able to withstand heavy beatings on-court.

Fit – The overall fit is decent as is… nothing too spectacular. This was mostly due to the dead space inside the shoe since they have very little padding with the exception of the collar & heel. Going down to a size 8.5 versus my usual size 9 would have helped a bit but the length could have been an issue and caused toe jamming… which hurts like hell if you’ve never experienced it before.

In the Cushion section I mentioned the insole swap… the fit was the reason why I chose to replace the insole with a thicker one. The added height was able to lift my foot up enough to allow the materials to properly function which then provided me with a great overall fit and lockdown once fully laced.

Ventilation – Quite possibly the most well ventilated Air Jordan model within the entire lineup. Plenty of perforations are in place and they aren’t blocked or lined with excess materials hindering the air flow.

Support – Not much support is found other than with the fit itself. Materials will help with this so you need to choose wisely if you wanted to play in a pair. Like I mentioned above, if you want some material support and flexibility along the upper then this type of setup would work as far as materials are concerned. If you need more support than I would go with leather upper and for less support a nubuck or suede upper.

Overall – Not a bad shoe – in my opinion – but not the best either. It’s a shoe that offers many great attributes while falling short on others… like most shoes. If you require adequate traction (if outsoles are kept clean), durability & ventilation then the Air Jordan 4 may be a good option for you. Their lack of cushion and inferior fit can easily be remedied with a simple insole swap which then makes these a very well rounded performer on-court

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Traction – I’ll admit I was disappointed with the traction at first. It just wasn’t as awesome as I remembered it being with the Original and first round Retro releases. However, if you stick with it… the traction will break-in and give you plenty of coverage on the court. Lateral movements and front to back coverage are plentiful yet offer little restriction with movements – thanks to the much lower profile as opposed to the Air Jordan XII.

After nearly a week’s worth of playing, the traction was just as I remembered it being back in the day.

Cushion – Heel and forefoot Zoom Air cushion. It’s responsive, resilient and comfortable. No, it’s not quite as springy as the Air Jordan XII but as I mentioned above, you have much better court feel with the lower profile so you can pretty much have whatever ride you see fit – between the AJ XII and XIII.

On a personal level, I liked the feeling of the XII more but the lower profile ride of the Air Jordan XIII… I can’t have everything.

 

Material – The materials aren’t too great but they could be worse. At least the PU coated leather breaks in nicely – more than I can say for other models like the recent White/ Cement Air Jordan 4. My main gripe with PU coated leather is that the coat can be unpredictable. At times its durable as hell while other times it peels away from the leather as its bond to the glue is much stronger than the bond to the split grain leather.

The overall durability is still there it’s just that you will have sections that look like sole separation – which this isn’t… trust me, I know the difference. You can play in these like this just fine as I have been but it’s disappointing to see more than anything. If you choose to play in the most recent releases then this shouldn’t happen as those have slightly better quality.

 

Fit – These fit true to size while the most recent feel like they have a lot of dead space in the toe. Anything released from 2012 to the present time I would go ½ size down for a snug fit. If you wish to remain with your regular size and you feel that there is too much space, just put an additional insole in the shoe and you should be fine.

Lockdown is awesome, plain and simple. After a short break-in period the leather will soften up a bit. Once you readjust your laces then your foot won’t be going anywhere.

 

Ventilation – There isn’t any… I actually had sweat bleeding through to the red suede some nights. Doesn’t bother me at all but those who require well ventilated shoes… you won’t find it here.

 

Support – Overall support is great. The Carbon Fiber adds torsional support and minor arch support – those with high arches usually will require the use of orthotic inserts.

The fit its great and provides plenty of support and the base is nice and wide which does take some getting used to but once you adjust, you’ll be busting moves with more confidence than before.

 

Overall – 15 years later and these are just as fierce on the court as they were before. The Air Jordan XII and XIII are forces to be reckoned with on-court. There are some minor setbacks in terms of material quality but for the most part I think these still performed just as good as some of today’s sneakers.

The Way of Wade played pretty similar when I think about it… and I really liked those.

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They went from black cats to fast cars… both are beasts in their own right.

Traction – Herringbone is in place and this time around it doesn’t ensure great traction. The grooves aren’t as peaked/ sharp as other herringbone patterns so it isn’t able to bite the floor as well. Consistent wiping of the outsoles will be required – unless you play on pristine floor conditions – in order to achieve optimal traction. Surprisingly, the Air Jordan XIV’s traction worked very well outdoors so that’s a plus.

Cushion – Originally, the Air Jordan XIV featured heel Zoom Air and forefoot Articulated Zoom Air. The heel unit hasn’t changed at all but the forefoot is now a basic Zoom unit and they’ve been slimmed down a bit since their last Retro release. These aren’t quite as cushioned as they once were but they still get the job done. One thing to note is that the midsole is pretty low profile so court feel is enhanced a bit as there is less material between your foot and the floor. I personally still prefer the way they used to feel but this is the way Nike makes their ‘basic’ Zoom Air units now so we just have to deal with it.

Material – The leather is nice but the nubuck used isn’t. Luckily there is more leather than nubuck so you can sort of ignore it a bit. Air Jordan XIV’s aren’t known for being the most durable – the upper will last just fine – as the foam teeth located at the forefoot tend to take a lot of damage and even separate from the toe box. This isn’t something I’ve experienced on this pair – didn’t play in them long enough – but it will happen overtime. If you wanted a Retro to last then the Air Jordan XII is the one you’ll want to look at, these will last a season just fine but anything afterward is a crap shoot.

Fit – They fit true to size and the leather will stretch a bit so if you have wide feet that aren’t extremely wide then you may want to try to break them in versus going up 1/2 size. Lockdown at the midfoot was perfectly fine for me, it was the heel that had some sloppiness to it. The collar has an asymmetrical design to it that was supposed to be better fitting around the ankle while providing support – this works for the most part – but the heel piece is too high and ends up pushing against the ankle instead of cupping it. Its a minor setback but one that was bothersome. It definitely brings greater appreciation to small modifications found in ‘modern’ footwear – LeBron X Elite collar is a pretty good example of a great fitting ankle collar.

Ventilation – As with nearly every single pair of Air Jordan’s, the ventilation isn’t great. However, Tinker did implement an air vent into the shoe which was always a really cool – albeit stupid – feature in my mind when I was younger. This means two things… 1. ventilation isn’t good in the XIV & 2. ventilation is an attribute that was and currently still is a focal point for performance footwear 2017.

Support – Torsional support is abundant with the enlarged TPU shank plate in place but the lack of proper heel lockdown prevents complete support. Luckily the shoe is fairly low to the ground and has a stable/ flat base so support doesn’t suffer too greatly.

Overall – I personally love playing in these. Always have and always will. The main thing I dislike about this Retro version is the lack of quality from the nubuck and the lack of cushion when directly comparing them to their previous releases. Other than that, these are still very playable on-court and I wouldn’t mind using them as an outdoor shoe at all. If these suit your needs as a player then there is no reason to shy away from them for those that wish to have some style while on-court.

air jordan 5 retro performance reviews

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Traction – Front to back, the herringbone worked perfectly fine. Dust and debris will slightly hinder overall performance of the traction – due to the translucent rubber – but if you are able to keep up with consistent wiping you should be alright.

I stated this in the 1st Performance Teaser; the heel gave me some slight slippage when in transition. Mostly when curling around screens, running fast breaks & driving by the opposing player at an angle. It’s something that even I couldn’t change… couldn’t quite adapt to the issue very well so I wish there would have been less smooth surface along the heel and more herringbone to possibly prevent the issue from occurring too often.

Cushion – Pretty much the same setup as the Air Jordan 3 & 4; featuring a heel & forefoot Air unit along with a Polyurethane midsole. The midsole will start off fairly stiff but soon breaks in over time, something that I had not experienced with the Air Jordan 3  or 4 . Forefoot cushion – while available – is lower to the ground so if you aren’t used to playing in sneakers that have you sitting roughly an inch above ground then you will want to give yourself time to adjust.

Material – Materials on this colorway require practically no break-in time. However, they get softer as you play so it’s less supportive as time goes by. If you choose to play in a pair I’d recommend wearing a pair with the split grain leather uppers as they’ll offer up much more durability & support.

Fit – The fit was a hit and miss in most areas. While the midfoot fit is fine – also offers two ways to lace up your shoes for greater midfoot lock down if needed – the heel and forefoot are a bit sloppy… mainly the forefoot. Even going down ½ size you will receive a sloppy forefoot fit but the heel may improve a bit with less room from front to back. With a sloppy fit comes slight hesitation upon your movements and that can cost you a few milliseconds… which counts when you have your opponent beat yet you lose your advantage due to an interior forefoot issue such as slipping.

Ventilation – Much like the Air Jordan 4, the Air Jordan 5 offers ventilation on both side panels & tongue. While the rubber mesh layered on top will slightly restrict air flow, it’s not horrible and shouldn’t be too big of an issue… especially seeing as how most performance models in this era lacked ventilation so in comparison the Air Jordan 5 was probably one of the most well ventilated shoes at the time.

Support – Again, just like the past Air Jordan models, there isn’t much support. There is a molded arch and a thin internal heel counter – what it’s made of I do not know – so that’s pretty much all the support you will get. If the upper features leather versus the nubuck you will receive a bit more support from a material standpoint than you would from this particular pair.

Overall – Still a great shoe from its time. Not a complete upgrade from the Air Jordan IV – in my opinion – but they were headed in the right direction going into the 90’s. If you were to play in a pair of kd 10 for sale.  I’d definitely recommend going with a pair featuring leather along the upper versus the nubuck for some additional strength and support.

Air Jordan 12 Retro Performance reviews

A whole bunch of new performance models came out between December-February… now that they’re out of the way. Lets get back to the Air Jordan Project.

Traction – Herringbone is featured in similar fashion to the previous Air Jordan signature – the Air Jordan 14 . The phrase, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” comes to mind as they haven’t changed much so it works relatively the same. I only had one issue where I slipped and that was within the first few hours at the medial ball of the foot… make sure you plant your feet and push off from the base of the shoe – if you are light on your feet – as I was at the time – then the rounded edges of the outsole will serve you no purpose and you will likely slip or lose balance. After I figured out what I was doing wrong, I never had an issue with the traction again.

Cushion – Full length Zoom Air… from heel to toe. The Zoom unit is one continuous air bag and feels amazing! They are comfortable enough wearing casually but you won’t experience what these can truly do until you play in them. I say this all the time but I really do mean it… you gain more appreciation for a shoe after you’ve played in them – when they perform well that is. I already loved the Air Jordan 12 for sale based on its looks but that fact that they can handle practically anything you can throw at them made me love them even more.

If you are looking for a hoop shoe that has low profile, responsive cushion then look no further as the Air Jordan XII will meet and possibly exceed your expectations. You will get over their initial clunky feeling after you give yourself some time to adjust but after that you will fall in love with them all over again.

Material – The originals used premium full grain leather and these newer Retro models use a split grain. It’s not as nice as they used to be but when directly comparing the leather here to a split grain that was used on say, the Air Jordan IV White/ Cement Retro… these are leaps and bounds better. Just like the midsole, you will need to break these in a bit in order to start enjoying them. It doesn’t take too long since there is practically zero ventilation so your body’s heat and moisture will speed up the process.

Fit – I felt this Retro fits true to size but the newer ones released in 2012 feel a ½ size big after being broken in. If you double sock or use an additional insole you will be able to solve the sizing issue if you choose not to go down ½ on Jordan Brand’s latest Retro run. If you are looking at something that was released prior to 2012 then I would say go with your regular size.

Midfoot and heel lockdown were great. I never once had an issue after they broke in. As expected with leather based sneakers, the leather will stretch a bit after they’ve been broken in. All you have to do to fix the additional space you’ll receive is tie them tighter – what I call adjusting the laces – and you will be good to go.

Ventilation – There really isn’t any. Some mesh was used on the tongue but it isn’t anything that provides you with air flow. The lack of ventilation will aid you in breaking the shoe in so not all is lost. If you feel that ventilation isn’t an attribute that you look for in a shoe then ignore this section, simple as that. No need to whine about it affecting a shoes score in a negative way as ALL of the shoes tested are graded in ventilation which makes things perfectly fair.

Support – Tanks… the Air Jordan 12 are on-court tanks. Arch support is great while the overall fit and lockdown take care of the rest. These can – and have been – be worn by a wide variety of players and positions so the Air Jordan XII has something for everyone.

Overall – These are one of my favorite performers out of the Retro line so far… these and the Air Jordan VIII. Both of which comes as a surprise to me since they are both probably the two models I would look at and think that they aren’t too Guard friendly.

If you need a shoe with Retro style, great traction, awesome cushion, good materials, nice fit and plenty of support then the Air Jordan 12 Bordeaux 2017 will give you what you need. It’s nice to see – and feel – evolution and the Air Jordan XII is just that. The Air Jordan line evolved quite a bit in a short amount of time… that’s pretty incredible… especially seeing as how the Air Jordan 12 can outperform some of today’s performance models.