This is a great shoe thanks to all the technologies in it. The attention to detail is fantastic and has led to a shoe that has no obvious flaws
The upper is a breathable mesh that conforms quite well to the foot but unless you tighten the laces properly, it can cause pressure across your toes as it creases inwards.
The heel clip is sturdy and helps the shoe keep it’s shape, but can make the shoe difficult to get on and off. This is because it holds its shape a little too well and won’t bend to allow the foot in.
The Nike Zoom unit and the airbag in the back help to make this a comfortable to move around in. These also seem to help with leaping as it feels like it is pushing you out of the ground to give you extra height. Combined with the outsole, this makes for a great basketball shoe.
The outsole is the crowning jewel of this shoe as it has some of the best traction in the basketball game today. It starts with some Nike Free grooves to allow more motion in the foot. The is a tooth at the front to keep some shape when the Nike Free is in usage. There is also small nodules on the bottom of the shoe to cause traction. The nodules splay out to grip the floor like a race car’s wheels do. This is what leads to the superior traction.
Overall, this is a great shoe for basketball and is superior to most others in almost every way. The only possible flaw is that it is not as aesthetically pleasing to look at as the Kobe 9 Elite, but if they released a high, Flyknit edition, then that is taken care of.