2017年11月09日

The Adidas Dame 4 Deconstructed Report

One of my favorite basketball shoes of 2017 is the Dame 4. It took the attributes that worked really well from the Dame 2 and 3 and carried them over to the 4 while reducing the bulk. It shows the lines refinement and fluid transition from one model to the next. Evolution, baby. Evolution!

As mentioned in the Dame 4 performance review, the Bounce midsole felt lower than any of the previous iterations — which you can see here. You still ride inside of the midsole, but the bulk has been trimmed down. So, you receive support and containment from the midsole in key areas rather than the entire thing. That’s what made the midsole of the Dame 3 look so chunky; practically the entire top line rode above your foot wheres in the Dame 4 it’s much more precise.

Cheap insole — standard adidas practice nowadays. If you ask those that have been wearing adidas models for the past 10 years what aspect the shoes have declined in it would be the insole. Yes, you can swap the insole out for your own — which is recommended to maximize comfort and fit — but the Three Stripes used to provide thick PU insoles that were heavenly.

I can only imagine the comfort Bounce would offer coupled with those old PU insoles. Maybe we’ll get an insole upgrade from adidas eventually. For the time being, the standard insole wasn’t horrible, but it’s cheap and sticks out as the glaring overlooked item in an otherwise perfect package.

Strobel board, standard in all footwear. Some shoes add an additional foam layer for extra comfort, something the Dame 4 could have used with the slimmed down and firmed up Bounce. Not a deal breaker by any means, just something to note.

The torsional plate is interesting. I just reviewed a runner from Asics that featured a beefed up version of this. If you missed that video you can catch it here. I had wondered how something like what Asics offered would feel on-court, and while this is a much smaller version, it’s still fairly similar and offered ample torsional support.

The forefoot is very thin. Bounce offered just enough cushion to make this a well balanced ride between court feel and protection.

Meanwhile, the heel rides a bit higher. You can feel more of the bounce that Bounce offers here mostly due to its thickness and the holes placed throughout. These holes allow your weight and pressure to force the compression of the midsole more than it would without them. While you “squish” the foam down it’ll expand into the cored out sections and then bounce back. (This is what Nike should have done with React. It would have made that cushion setup much more forgiving.)

This is a great shot of the Dame 3 and Dame 4 side by side. You can see the top layer of Bounce foam in the Dame 3 (above) that sits inside of the EVA midsole carrier. This makes me wonder if the Dame 4 midsole is completely Bounce or if Bounce was removed altogether — which I doubt — but it’s never out of the realm of possibilities. I think if adidas was caught removing tech from any of the lineup it has right now it could kill the momentum so, again, I doubt that’s what it did. It’s more likely that adidas firmed Bounce up and made it the entire midsole — which is how the shoe felt while playing in them.

Here are the layers of the upper. This is a cool image that shows you each component within the upper. The main structure is the exterior layer while the middle lining and third layer of padding protect your foot from the more structured material.

This view allows you to see what your foot sees. If it had eyes, of course.

In between the structured outer layer and padded interior are the lace cables, much like Nike’s Flywire — except these cables were much stronger.

I had wondered if the heel tab was connected to one of the lace cables when I first grabbed the Dame 4 but I couldn’t tighten any of the laces tight enough to move the pull tab. It’s nice to see that they are in fact connected. I just couldn’t notice a difference once on-foot.

This is the outsole. Nothing to see here, other than it looks really cool with all those teeth at the heel. It’s very thin as well so wearing for outdoor hooping is something that you’ll do at your own risk while knowing it won’t be the most durable.

That takes care of the breakdown on the adidas Dame 4 deconstruction. Another great job by the folks over at FastPass and it’s always awesome to learn everything you can about what your money buys you at newjordans2018.com  


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2017年05月26日

Nike Air Shake ndestrukt white red Performance Reviews


Really? A performance review on a 20 year old shoe? Serious? Ab-so-lutely. Why not? If the Nike Air Shake Ndestrukt was good enough to help Dennis Rodman win rebounding titles and NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls in the late ’90s, it’s good enough for me to hit the court in now. Besides, the two colorways released so far (this one and the black Playoff colorway) have been flying off shelves. So, does the Nike Air Shake Ndestrukt stand the test of time, or is it a shoe better left in our rainbow-haired, nipple-pierced, Rodman memories? Let’s do this.

Nike Air Shake Ndestrukt traction

Yeah, this is the stuff that haunts other traction patterns’ dreams. A wide herringbone pattern that honestly sticks to any surface that was played on — rubber floor, clean wood, dusty-@$$ 24 Hour fitness courts, and both rough and smooth outdoor concrete courts. It just worked, and even though it isn’t labeled DRC like the original (that was the XDR of the time) it shows little to no signs of wearing out (these photos were all taken after the review was done).

Dust isn’t a problem because of the width between the lines, but the flat blades do grab all the grime and dirt. However, the texture you see on the pattern keeps the Nike Air Shake Ndestrukt from becoming completely slick and sliding. One thing 90’s shoes had down? Traction. It seems like every pattern was good on any court. Of course, they all weighed 62 pounds per pair, but they knew how to endure.

Nike Air Shake Ndestrukt cushioning

Uh-oh. Traction definitely still holds up, but we have come to our first sign that this is definitely a ’90s shoe. When the Shake Ndestrukt was originally released Zoom was a baby and Max Air was everything (Uptempo, More Uptempo, Pippen 1, etc.). The Shake Ndestrukt uses a visible Air unit in the heel and the forefoot uses…polyurethane.

PU isn’t bad for a cushioning set-up…in 1996. Today, it is definitely behind the times, as it should be. The deal with PU is break-in time. You hear people talk about having to break in New Yeezys Boost or Zoom shoes, but there is nothing like the time it takes to break in a leather/synthetic shoe with a poly midsole. After about six days of wear, the midsole actually felt the same as the first time. Serious — it takes a long time.

The plus is the PU lasts forever, until it oxidizes and crumbles from age. Shock absorption was non-existent in the forefoot, but court feel and response time was actually decent. The harder PU allows your foot to push and immediately respond into the next move, unlike a shoe with softer foam or Air that will have a sinking-in and lag time before getting back to form.

The heel unit does the job and breaks in sooner than the forefoot, which is good. No problems with any jarring or impact injury back there, and housing the Air unit in PU makes the shoe more stable than using a completely exposed Max unit. Plus, there is still something about a window to the soul (sole) of a shoe.

Nike Air Shake Ndestrukt materials

Every retail site says the Nike Air Shake Ndestrukt retro uses a “leather upper with high-top collar for a secure fit.” Now, there may be real leather, especially on the overlay, but it isn’t a completely leather upper. Make no mistake — the materials are still really nice, and the closest you will get to a leather ’90s model. But the rand and toebox are definitely using a synthetic and it’s harder and smoother than the tumbled feel of the overlay wrap. That makes sense — the outer is stiffer for stability while the overlay has to flex and bend with the ankle.

The base of the overlay is old-school ballistic mesh and it is not breathable. This is the stuff the Jordan XI is made of, and while it is durable, it also needs a break in period. Until it does soften up, the lacing system is extremely difficult to get tight enough to play, but more on that in fit.

The lace loops feature metal grommets, which means they are super-durable. But, pull hard enough, and the grommets rip through the leather. Guess how I would know? Yep — second pair on the way. The ankle area is heavily padded and seriously hot, but the feel is great; it wraps completely around your joints and hugs you like that fat aunt at the reunion.

Nike Air Shake Ndestrukt fit

Stay true to size, or even a half size down if you want a super-snug fit once the upper breaks in. Leather stretches, but most synthetics won’t, so if you expect the toebox and rand to move out, think again. In my TTS, I had about a thumb’s width from the end of my toe to the toebox and it was perfect. (For reference, I am a 10.5 in Rose 7, Nike Kobe 11, and Curry 3, with the same space in the length.) Width-wise, wide footers should love the Shake Ndestrukt, as it allows for all foot shapes to wear it.

Now, for lockdown, and as mentioned above, give the shoe a lengthy break-in period. Initially, the upper is stiff and will not wrap around your foot like shoes of today. Stay with it because it gets much better. Once you figure out the lacing you will get an absolute lock from heel to toe. (My method: pull tight, but not from the top loop — start at the bottom and work up. Tie the shoes before going through the elastic loop, then push the knot and loops into the elastic band).

The overlay was done right, wrapping the upper into the sole while the laces pull the foot right with the shoe into the footbed and down. The heel is not a problem with the thick padding cutting any movement out completely. Again, if they feel loose or bulky, they are, but give the shoe time to break in.

Nike Air Shake Ndestrukt support

It wouldn’t be a true ’90s shoe without great support. Designers two decades ago believed the stiffer and wider the better (be mature), and in some ways, they were right. The stiffer upper does provide great lateral stability and containment, keeping stretch and movement to a minimum — once broken in. The wider base gives you a platform to land on that won’t roll over or buckle.

Again, encapsulating the Air unit keeps it from falling on harsh landings. The midsole is a thing of beauty; it wraps up perfectly on the lateral side to 1). provide support on plants and cuts, keeping the foot over the footbed, and 2). give the foot a “starting block” on those same movements. For example: you are guarding a wing, said player goes left and crosses back right. You plant on your right foot to cut that player off — the Shake Ndestrukt holds your foot so you don’t roll over.

Now you need to move into place to cut the next move off. A shoe without the lateral containment? You are still going the other direction (Melo M13). The Shake? You have pushed off and are hopefully in position — methods to the design madness.

The Shake Ndestrukt is from a time before carbon fiber shank plates, or even TPU plates, so the midsole is molded with a higher arch support and thick PU cushioning in that area. No problems with downward bends, but the overall transition is a little clunky because of the stiffness of the tooling. Unfortunately, this doesn’t go away with wear — it’s just a downside to playing in a classic.Nike Air Shake Ndestrukt overall 3Surprisingly (at least to me), the Shake Ndestrukt is an overall good performer. The cushioning could be better, and the upper is stiff, but the traction is still killer and stability and support are still great — unless you step on a foot. Again, break-in time is completely necessary, but once it’s broken you will have a locked in, durable, stable ride for the summer outdoor games.

If you need or want a super-sleek, well-cushioned ride, well, that wasn’t Worm and neither is this shoe. One surprising thing to be aware of, at least to some of us who saw these sit on the original release, is that the Shake Ndestrukt is selling out almost everywhere. Finish Line is sold out, but retailers like Eastbay, Foot Locker, and Champs have restocked after selling out. The white/navy OG colorway is coming, and being an original colorway, look for it to move quickly as well.

Overall, this is as close to an OG for a Nike retro that we have seen in a long time. Will you rebound like Rodman? Probably not, but since his short-shorts are coming back, you might as well grab a pair, dye your hair red, and pierce your face. You know, for old times’ sake.  


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2017年04月17日

Cheap KAWS x Air Jordan 4 is a release 2017

Cheap KAWS x Air Jordan 4 is a new collaboration release 2017

The Cheap KAWS Air Jordan 4 is a new collaboration that is set to release during Spring 2017 at select Jordan Brand retailers.

Brian Donnelly who goes by KAWS is a New York based artist. Over the years, he has participated in various collaborations which includes Nike. This will be the first time he partners up with Jordan Brand.

Rumor has it that there is multiple samples of the Air Jordan 4 KAWS . One of those samples that never made it to the official production line is the KAWS Air Jordan 4 ‘Black Suede’.

the KAWS Air Jordan 4 is the use of premium suede across the uppers but instead of Grey, it features Black. You can also see the infamous KAWS hands stitched throughout the uppers on this Air Jordan 31 . In addition, we have leather used on the liner, ‘XX’ on the heel instead of ‘AIR’ while the outsole glows in the dark.

The KAWS x Air Jordan 4 Grey Suede collaboration will release on March 31st, 2017. Releasing in limited quantities, retail price will be $95 .What are your thoughts on the KAWS x 2017 Air Jordan 4 Black Suede Sample?
  


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2017年04月06日

Kaws x Air Jordan 4 for the highly coveted coll

The Kaws x Air Jordan 4  for the highly coveted collaboration

If you were interested in picking up a pair of the Kaws x Air Jordan 4 release this past weekend  you probably missed out on them. However, it looks like an online release for the highly coveted collaboration is set for the near future.

Dressed in what appears to be luxurious suede, New York artist KAWS has officially teased his upcoming collaboration with Jordan 2017 Release .

This latest image was shared on Instagram with the caption.

The heel tab has lost the Jumpman  and been replaced with KAWS’ iconic X-eyes. Additionally, the midsole is done up in suede/nubuck, but so far, that’s all we know right now.

The clear sole , which my favorite parts , but the big problem is the it is will be oxidation  after long  time . It is not very well , but the beautiful things always have to pay the price and patience .


however only one will release that will come in Cool Grey Jordan 4 and White.

I would hope that people would wear the shoes," Donnelly told Sole Collector at a launch event for them at the Brooklyn Museum. "I mean, for me a shoe is a functional object. That could be a hypocritical statement, 'cause I collect furniture that you can't sit on.


For me , the gold will be perfect than the red one . It is shine when I wear it .

Whatever the material and colorway , I have nothing to complain .  


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2017年04月04日

Kaws Wants U to Actually Wear is Jordan 4 kaws

For those that are not familiar with KAWS, his real name is Brian Donnelly who is a New York based artist. In the past he has worked with Nike, but this will be the first time he collaborates with Jordan Brand.

This Air Jordan 4 by KAWS is highlighted with Cool Grey across the uppers. Constructed with a premium theme, they feature smooth and long hair suede across the uppers while the KAWS hang-tag matches. Following we have a glow in the dark outsole which is translucent that exposes KAWS graphics.

There's no doubt that a good portion of the people lucky enough to purchase the Kaws x Air Jordan 4 released on Friday will be tucking the shoes away for years before ever wearing them. Others will be reselling the sneakers, which are going for around $1,800 on the secondary market already (they retailed for $90). But Kaws himself, birth name Brian Donnelly, wants people to use the shoes for what they were actually made for.
KAWS and Jordan Brand wound up making four different versions of the Air Jordan 4, however only one will release that will come in Cool Grey Jordan 4 and White.

"I would hope that people would wear the shoes," Donnelly told Sole Collector at a launch event for them at the Brooklyn Museum. "I mean, for me a shoe is a functional object. That could be a hypocritical statement, 'cause I collect furniture that you can't sit on."

Donnelly, who admitted he's not that into sneakers, said he's been hounded endlessly by people asking him for pairs. His Instagram posts are filled with vile comments from hoopjordan.com upset about missing out on the shoes, a waiter recently asked him for a favor on the release while he was grabbing a meal, and his brother has even been contacted about the Jordans.

So intense was the desire for the artist's special Jordan 4 design that people tried to exploit his website to buy pairs early. While Donnelly is no stranger to selling hype product—his limited toy launches have long been targets for resellers—he says this launch was on a different level of magnitude. "Nobody ever hacked my website before."  


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