2017年07月13日

AIR JORDAN XXXI LOW PERFORMANCE REVIEW


Does the Air Jordan XXXI Low fair better than its higher cut counterpart? Check out the full performance review to find out.

Traction – It started off just as bad, maybe even worse, than the original version of the Air Jordan XXXI, but once the Low broke in was better with every wear — something that the high top version just never did. I’m not sure if the rubber compound has changed or not but something is definitely different between the two. Dust does get lodged in the crevasses within the outsole but wipe it away and you’ll be good to go. The best word for me to use to explain my experience with the original AJXXXI would be inconsistent. However, the low top rendition is very consistent. It’s a great update to the original shoe; wearers should enjoy their experience in the Low.

Cushion – Nothing has changed between the high and low AJXXXI. Unlocked full-length Zoom Air is used and it’s awesome. It’s low profile cushion that maintains court feel without sacrificing impact protection — exactly why Zoom Air was created. Yes, the heel still has a slight wobble to it during certain foot strikes but once you’re aware of it then you won’t be surprised if you happen to teeter a little bit. Is there room for improvement to this full-length unlocked Zoom setup? Of course. Nothing is perfect. Hopefully it’s refined for the upcoming Air Jordan XXX2 — really excited to see what JB has got cooking. Overall, if you enjoy full-length cushion that doesn’t make you sit too high off the floor then this is a great option.

Materials – Much like the cushion, nothing has changed between the high and low. Performance woven Flyweave is still featured along the forefoot and midfoot, and it transitions to synthetic leather at the heel. This is my ideal setup: free and form fitting up front with a bit more structure in the rear. It feels fantastic on-foot and moves perfectly without restriction or hot spots. No complaints.

Fit – The overall fit is true to size. However, the low tops feel a bit more narrow compared to the original XXXI. I prefer the way the Low fits my foot because I don’t like any dead space in my shoes; snug and secure is just how I like it and that’s what the Low offers.

Lockdown in the Low was nearly identical to what’s found in the high top — other than the tweaks that were made to make the forefoot feel a bit closer to the foot. Midfoot lockdown was solid while the heel was great as well. Yes, I did miss the heel pillows that were on the high top version, but the sculpt and padding placed within the rear of the Low gets the job done perfectly fine.

Support – With the tweaks to the fit, making the forefoot a bit more snug and secure, the support went from good to really good. The support isn’t restrictive but just enough to allow you to maneuver on-court without feeling like you’ve just laced a brick to your foot. I don’t know about you, but I’d say thats a good thing. Unless you like wearing bricks. Then it could be bad.

Overall – I liked the Air Jordan XXXI but I love the Air Jordan XXXI Low. It’s one of my favorite shoes of 2017 so far, and I’m actually looking forward to grabbing a colorway or two for casual use.

If you enjoy woven materials up front and slightly stronger materials in the back atop a low profile bouncy cushion setup then the KD 10 For Sale be the shoe you’re looking for. The traction starts off pretty bad so give it some time to break-in before completely giving up on them.

If you happen to miss out on the Air Jordan XXX1 Low Cal PE when it releases then maybe you can try out a pair of the Air Jordan XXXI Low tops instead. I mean, why not?  


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2017年06月27日

AIR JORDAN 6 RETRO PERFORMANCE REVIEW


The Air Jordan 6 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, AJ5 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 shoe there are a variety of material options available depending on the colorway chosen. The reason I went with the Air Jordan 6 Carmine For Sale 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 and kd 10 sale 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 6 Carmine For Sale 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 go to kd10sale.com  


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2017年05月22日

Air Jordan xxx1 Why Not Performance Review

I thoroughly enjoyed playing in the Air Jordan 31, but my lasting impression of the shoe was that if Jordan Brand had only combined the upper of the 31 with the tooling of the 30, it would have been one of the best-performing models ever. So when Russell Westbrook started hitting the court in one-off hybrids with that exact setup, it was both reassuring and frustrating. It was nice to know that I wasn’t alone in that preference, but it sucked knowing that I couldn’t also have a pair.

I wondered all season what it would be like to play in the shoe, and as soon the news hit that a pair would be dropping at retail to commemorate his historic run, there was no doubt in my mind—I had to have a pair. And even if it was more of a limited release and collectors item, I was going to play in it.

To say I had high expectations for the “Why Not?” 31s would be an understatement. I can’t think of many shoes I’ve looked forward to playing in more. But can you simply take parts from two different shoes, slap them together, and have the best of both worlds?.

Air Jordan 31 "Why Not?" - Fit


The upper of the Air Jordan 31 “Why Not?” remains basically unchanged from the standard model. That means that when you lace it up you’ll experience the same satisfying cinching of materials, thanks to the “old school” decoupled tongue and upper construction. It makes the shoe easy to get on and off, in contrast to many of the sock-like sneakers we’ve seen as of late, and provides a much more dynamic fit. Where things differ slightly is simply a case of changed materials. The elephant print heel is thicker and more rigid than the synthetic leather on the “Banned” 31 that I previously played in. Where those had an already broken-in feel, the “Why Not” edition bordered on being too stiff for my first couple runs. That also means that it’s even more supportive, so there’s an upside as well. While the original didn’t lack support, I came to prefer the updated edition’s stability.

In the footwear world, visual technology is often introduced through huge marketing campaigns and claimed as innovation while some of the most meaningful advancements fly under the radar. The collar of the Air Jordan 31 is a perfect example of this. Rather than completely enveloping the heel in padding, six individual pods target the malleolus and ankle contours to provide stability. The result is the same—the heel is locked in place, resulting in outstanding support. But the quiet innovation is that this is achieved using less material and bulk, creating a sleeker and faster feel. Think of it as a better solution to a problem that was already solved. Adding to this already-great lockdown is the aforementioned support from the thicker heel material. The return to the AJ29/30 midsole takes things one step further as well thanks to the built-in forefoot counter and higher-wrapping heel.  


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2017年04月20日

Russell Westbrook story With the Latest Jordans

Russell Westbrook is very particular with his sneakers. So particular, in fact, that he had Jordan Brand remake its latest signature shoe to better suit him. In a profile on the OKC Thunder point guard at the New York Times Magazine, the team's equipment manager relayed a story about the Air Jordan 31.

Apparently Westbrook wasn't feeling the level of flexibility offered by the sole, and asked for an updated version of the Air Jordan 31 using the sole of the Air Jordan 30. He got what he wanted too, and has been playing in a hybrid design since October. The equipment manager, Wilson Taylor, gives Russell  Westbrook Shoes a different layer of cushioning by switching out the insoles by hand.

While it's pretty standard for NBA players to use custom insoles, it's another thing entirely for a player to request a remake of a new signature shoe like this.

The Air Jordan 30 and the Air Jordan 31 feature similar tech in their soles, using Flightspeed and Zoom Air cushioning. The designs on bottom are different though, with the 30's being decoupled while the New Jordan 31 has a flatter, more standard ride.

2017 Best Shoes:Air Jordan 31 'Chicago Bulls' Sneakerheads will likely agree that Jordan Brand has dropped the Air Jordan 31 in some of the cleanest colorways. Jordan Brand has added yet another installment to the ever-growing Air Jordan 31 line with this brand new Chicago Bulls-inspired rendition. As can be seen, the leather and woven uppers of the sneaker are predominantly clean White, topped off with Black-colored accents all over. Most noticeably, these include the dispersed pattern over the toe boxes and the large Jordan “Jumpman” logo on the sides. The Flywire, gradient midsoles and insole branding also feature hits of Red. Adding the finishing signature touch, Black-colored fading Nike “Swoosh” logos can also be spotted on the sides.  


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2017年04月07日

You'll Be Buy This Air Jordan 31 PE Russell Westbrook ?

Making rounds today is the first look at the new flagship model in the "Banned" or "Bred" colorway. The colorway and execution is a reference to the original Banned Air Jordan 31 , which was hinted at in the teaser commercial that debuted this past week.

In terms of silhouette, it's a basic design that looks like it could be the next shoe in the Super.Fly line or an updated take on the Air Jordan Sky High. Perhaps a symbol of the brand's evolution, the Swoosh fades out along the quarter, with a large Jumpman positioned near the heel. Tech wise, there's a fusion of woven synthetics and leather, locked in by Dynamic Flywire.

There's still plenty to learn about the next era of Air Jordan 4 Kawx , and we'll have all of the details you need here at HoopJordan.com next week.

They’ve implemented innovation that actually works, like FlightPlate, while resisting trends like the sock-with-a-sole designs we’ve seen from Nike Basketball that don’t add to performance.

On the other hand, the stories Jordan 2017 Release has been telling us are getting worse than ever. The cosmos inspiration from the 30 was a stretch at best. And the Air Jordan 31 has absolutely no connection to the Banned 1, which wasn’t even banned. Yet despite the fact that I wasn’t a fan of the looks of the 31 when it leaked, nor the convoluted inspiration, I couldn’t wait to play in it based on the on-court respect I’ve gained for the Jordan player shoes over the years.

According to the brand, it was Michael Jordan's personal preference to follow the tradition of low-profile cushioning. Jordan's desire for a low-to-the-ground feel resulted in the pairing of FlightSpeed technology and full-length Zoom Air.

“We really wanted to focus on propulsion in the forefoot, so when you're coming down you're engaging the FlightSpeed with the Zoom Air bag,” notes Kuerbis.

“With the Air Jordan 31 , we celebrate the risks and rewards of Michael’s career and look forward to a future of continued innovation,” says Larry Miller. “The Jordan Brand story is a testament to Michael’s enduring cultural capital and undeniable performance legacy.”  


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