This shoe is comfortable to wear and provides good support for your ankle, but can be a pain to put on. The height of the collar means that it is a pain to get around the bend of the ankle. On the other hand, when on and tied, it feels natural and flows with the foot.
The upper is constructed from layers of materials, leather and fabric, which make a sturdy construction while the different textures make a nice focal point to make the shoes stand out. It also makes it easier to put different colours into the design.
The outsole follows the classic pattern with the turn circles at the back and at the ball of the foot. It gets good traction and the cushioning in the midsole makes this very comfortable to walk in.
The laces are great because they tend not to come undone if tied properly and the designs on the tongue and and heel clip show the makers of this shoe as well as looking fantastic.
Overall, a very comfortable shoe to wear once it is on. The Westbrook range is great for off the court wear as he pilots the flagship Jordan model on the cart and will hopefully continue to do so.
This shoe is comfortable to wear while being stylish for tennis fans, but you should try it on before you become committed to them. If your foot runs wide then it can cause a lot of wrinkling and pressure across the top.
The leather material on the upper is supple and bends well with the foot, unless stretched. The toe box is flexible but it will crease along the front as the shoe bends in a short space of time. The laces are great and the metal aglets are sturdy to keep them from fraying.
The mid-sole doesn’t have a lot of cushioning but the outsole is thick enough that it works well as a lifestyle shoe as it is not intended for heavy exercise. There is still good traction on the outsole, but not if it is icy outside.
Overall, this is an appealing shoe with a lot of head turning ability. However if your shoe is wider than average then you may want to look into trying a pair before buying them.
This shoe is comfortable with more movement in the ankle the the high version. This is an aethesthetically pleasing shoe that will turn heads everywhere.
The upper is comprimised of a good looking pattern that helps hold the structure of the shoe together. The laces are tough to pull really tight but the shoe is still comfortable to wear as long as your dont plan on putting it through its passes.
The outsole has an interesting pattern to keep it looking great while allowing plenty of traction. The midsole with the visible air is another interesting focal point. There is plenty of suspension for comfort when moving around.
The heel has a lot of support to push against while also having a flexible top to insert the foot in. There is also a somewhat flexible handle to hold onto when putting on and taking off the shoe.
Overall, this is a great shoe for wearing around and turning heads. There are a lot of features of this shoe to keep fans interested for a long time, as they already have.
This shoe is a great help for those with leaping ability, but if you are not used to it, you may need to try and focus staying on the ground. The ability to push the user into the air isunparelled and may take some getting used to.
The heel clip is aesthetically pleasing while giving a good amount of support to the user. The collar is also supportive while being flexible enough to allow for simple putting on and taking off. The mesh upper, reminiscent of the Air Jordan Four, is another focal point on this shoe, but while it is flexible, the materials it is covering are not quite as bendy.
The outsole is sturdy and provides plenty of space to push off with. The technology put into the midsole as well as the outsole does a very good job of pushing the wearer further away from the ground and possibly increasing hieght.
Overall, this shoe is really great footwear with a lot of technology put into it for its very namesake. With an athlete such as Blake Griffin piloting it, as well as others in the NBA, this shoe could have a really great run.
This is a head turning pair of shoes. The design itself is stand out enough to turn heads without any particularly bright colourway. Inspired by the Ferrari make of cars, it gives the impression of speed and being streamlined. The badge on the side imitates that of Ferrari and helps lend a more luxury feel to the shoe.
The tongue of the shoe is special in the sense that it rises to the regular height with padding, and then continues higher with a fabric part that does add or subtract from the comfort of the shoe, but it does add more of a profile to the shoe.
The outsole is unique to the shoe as it actually has the number 14 put in as part of the design, which helps to make it more unique to the model.
The heel counter has the featured number 23 of Michael Jordan as well as the jumpman logo printed on it. These however are put on top of the rubber heel counter that features a tyre like pattern on, so as to fit in with the Ferrari inspiration. This helps to add another unique point to the shoe.
There are a couple of points to take into account when purchasing this shoe. FIrst is that they crease very easily and if you like your shoes looking absolutely pristine, this could be a problem. Another is that the back of the shoe is quite high and slopes inward toward your ankle. This causes it to push gently into your leg as you walk, which could be uncomfortable to some. It does however make you walk faster, like driving a Ferrari in comparison to a Prius. This may not have been intentional but it does help with the Ferrari comparison.
Overall, this is a nice shoe that may not be for everyone, but is a great addition to any collection and is definitely a must have if your a fan of Nike or Jordan brand.
This is a fantastically comfortable performance shoe. it may be a bit tight across the top to begin with, but that eases out and the woven top really helps the shoe to fit closely and comfortably with the foot to create a shoe such comfort that it could easily be worn as more of a lifetsyle shoe.
The new and improved flightplate is fantastic. It really does help with lift off and can help add an extra dimension to your game if that is a section you struggle with. If you can already leap, then you can use it to help conserve energy to use in other portions of play.
The one piece woven upper not only creates great comfort, it also helps keep the shoe light so it is easier to run in. It also helps with construction because with any join in any material causes weakness, so with a one piece upper, it helps to keep the shoe in one piece.
However, the support in the shoe needs a bit more firming up. When running round a corner, you can feel yourself pushing against the side of the upper and almost pushing the shoe over. It needs a firmer something down the sides to help keep it up a bit when put under pressure.
Overall, this is a great shoe for performance and lifestyle. It looks great and has a lot of great performance features. This is a shoe that is more than recommended if you need a new pair of shoes.
While the Air Jordan 3 is going on a hiatus, the recommendation is definitely to get this shoe if you can. The materials are of good quality and are put together well. The visible airbag is a nice touch and the immense history behind this silhouette add a lot of weight for collectors.
The iconic elephant print is a focus point and helps give this silhouette an eye catching and memorable trait that has been linked to the shoe since its release. The materials are fantastic in the sense that they are comfortable but are also efficient. The rubber tab on the back for example can be used to help put the shoe on and take it off.
With this being Tinker Hatfield’s first Jordan silhouette that stopped Michael Jordan from leaving Nike as a brand, it is coveted by collectors all over the world. This combined with the comfort of the shoe leads to a widely successful model that will continue to flourish.
These are a perfectly good basketball shoe, but don’t live up to the Elite version. Then again, that is the point. These have a lot of the features that make the Elite a great shoe but at a slightly reduced price, a lower cut and, unfortunately a more ordinary feel.
The problem with getting the Elite version before the EM is that you get to experience how close to perfection Kobe can make his shoes before you get a version that does not have the superior features that make the Elite so great. The Flyknit for example, which is a main feature of the Kobe 9 Elite, is replaced with an engineered mesh that does not give the same feeling of grandeur that the Flyknit does.
However, That does not mean that the shoe is no good at all. It is still a fantastic shoe, both for comfort and performance. The Flywire and carbon fibre heel clip make for a flexible yet durable shoe to help in any fast paced, action filled match.
The Lunarlon cushioning works as well in the standard as it does in the Elite, which is always a bonus and the outsole is still as unique also, which is good as a standout point.
The biggest problem is that it is only slightly cheaper than the Elite model so where possible, spring for the extra expense for the better shoe. Another problem is that with the announcement of the Elite Low model, where the high top is cut down for the people who complained about it, it is difficult to see where this shoe will fit into the overall selling of the Kobe 9 range. This is mainly because this model is usually aimed at the cheaper spender, but with only the small drop in price, there is a good chance that it wont really sell as well as its brother models.
Overall it is a good shoe still, but does not stand with its head held as high as some of the others on the market at the moment.