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KD 13 Performance Review

It is fortunate that I could finally experienced one of Nike’s top flagship models, the KD 13, which offers me a rather different but very nice experience, converting some of my deep-rooted impressions of Nike. As a matter of fact, however, I was not so much into Nike shoes because some of their setups I can not quite approve of. For example, I don’t think pg4 and Alphadunk are well designed and even the top practical shoes always have some flaws. Despite the fact, this KD 13 does refresh my impression. But in what way? Let’s have a look then.

I am actually very satisfied with this shoes which is sure to be my first choice for practice during this period.  To be honest, the first game I played in the shoes was one of my best games of the month and I did benefit a lot from it. In fact, the shoes has been released for a long time and I think you fans must have grasped some knowledge about it whose anti-rollover performance is most worth mentioning.

For KD 13’s cushioning, I think I can’t illustrate any one shoe more pleasing. It adopts full-foot and double front-foot air cushions, which is quite luxurious. Actually, I am a bit fastidious in choosing basketball shoes and I was not so satisfactory about Zoom air cushion before, which should be owed to my bad experiences with one of my basketball shoes in which I didn’t feel the existence of air cushion. But for the cushion of KD 13, when I stood still in the shoes I can feel the two pieces of soft air cushion in the fore part, though not obviously. But since the insoles are very thick, I do feel very comfortable underfoot. And the full-foot cushion is comfortable as well but it requires your force. 

In terms of the grip, I think it is equal to, if not greater than, that of many excellent basketball shoes in the market. On court, it seemed like a fierce beast and bit the ground tightly so that there wasn’t slipping during the whole games. And in outdoor courts, the sole can be very durable: even under my high intensity training, it still succeeds accompanying me for a long time. 

With respect to wrapping, I want to say that it is nearly perfect. When I first saw the shoelace holes, I knew that the shoe’s wrapping won’t be bad. The first shoelace hole is located low enough that my forefoot is nicely locked and  the last shoelace hole is also designed reasonable, enough to lock my ankle. And lastly, when I tighten the laces, I can feel the shoe tongue tightly hug my instep, offering me a very nice wrapping experience.

But however excellent it is, it is still not perfect. I should say that the anti-rollover performance is the biggest flaw of the shoe. Yet it can only be said to be defective and can not be denied completely.

Weighing at more than 390 grams, it is a bit heavy and I even feel somewhat burdened underfoot, which may be ascribed to the use of materials. And on the other hand, the air permeability is not that nice, either. In this hot summer day, when I am playing games in the shoes, all I can feel is sweat underfoot.

Overall:

In a nutshell, KD 13 is in the whole a satisfying sneaker and can meet most of my needs, although the defections do exist. This shoes, from my perspective, are certainly suitable for those who are mainly shooters on court. And no less certain is it that the shoes will be a nice companion.

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Salomon Sonic Pro2 Performance Review

It is a norm widely acknowledged that each pair of running shoes is injected with its designer’s wisdom and hard work. And the famous Salomon from France is a good illustration of this concept.

I’ve just recently picked a pair of sonic pro2 which is professional marathon running shoes released in 2017 by Salomon, and which is also a “brother” of S-lab2. And since I am lucky enough to have copped the three classic running shoes of the brand, let’s us take a look at them and make a simple comparison.

Of the three running shoes, there are myriad opinions. But objectively speaking, each has its own merits and no one is superior or inferior. In terms of Sonic Pro, it is, to some extent, breathtaking in its appearance and impressive with a clever combination of primary and secondary colors. In addition, what sounds more appealing is that there are three different colors available for both men and women. 

For Sonic pro 2, it is even more stunning in its colorway than Sonic pro 1, and much more eye-catching than Sonic Pro’s tomato red. And there are as well three different colorways for both men and women to choose from.

As for S-lab 2, it is bright red as a whole, whose “aristocratic temperament” makes people fall in love with it. From the style point of view, it beats the sonic Pro 1 and Pro 2  as well as most running shoes on the market.

With respect to their weight, taking size UK 8.5 as the reference then, Pro 2 is no less lighter than Pro 1, which is 240 grams. They are both relatively light  and suitable for marathon. If the shoe weighs 300 or so, runners are most likely to feel fatigued in the second half of the game. But for S-lab2 which weighs 220 grams, it is even more excellent than the former two in marathons for it is lighter.

When it comes to wrapping, the unique interior tongue design of Sonic pro gives the runner a perfect 360-degree wrapping. And the use of the lacing system makes it easier to put on shoes so that the shoelaces won’t loosen that easily.

For Sonic pro 2, its internal exclusive endo fit, the shoe tongue wrapping tech, and the sensifit, the shoe body wrapping tech, offer runners perfect wrapping experience. So because of the excellent wrapping, it is suggested to buy a bigger size when choosing shoes, which will bring you a more comfortable wearing experience.

S-lab2 is to some extent similar to PRO2 in that both own excellent wrapping.

In Sonic pro, there in the inside and outside of the soles of both front and rear part which are most vulnerable to wear during running,  the wear-resistant materials are used.  And with the contagrip sole, the energy cell+ midsole tech and the ortholite insole, the overall shock relief performance is good.

When it comes to the second version, its outsole has drastically changed from that of the Sonic pro, but it still adopts the wear-resistant material. And the vibe midsole tech, made from lightweight Energy Cell + and opal, brings a really good shockproof effect.

But for S-lab2, however, its cushioning performance is not this nice  as the former two.

With regard to the ankle support, I should say that they are all excellent and you simply need not worry about  sprained ankles.

For the air permeability, they are all nice; but if asked which one is the best,  I should say, on the strength of my experiences, it is the S-lab2 thought they are all covered with breathable net surface on the vamp.

The Sonic pro shoes and the S-lab 2 all equip with contagrip outsole, making it particularly durable and anti-skid. On top of that, wherever you go, you’ll find the outsoles grip excellently.

Overall:

In fact,sonic Pro1 and 2 are subtly different, and they differs mainly in  the design, lacing system, and the vamp. But it is beyond question that they are both  great running shoes and neck-and-neck. However, the second version  is equipped with a newer design and with its stunning colors, it is apparently more eye-catching.

Anyway, the three are all brilliant running shoes and if you want to take a shot, hopefully you can find the most suitable one.

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Close Look and Opening: Air Jordan 7 HARE2.0

The Air Jordan 7 HARE2.0 that has been long looked forward to is here and you might as well take the trouble of reading this article which may do some help for you.

Taking a look at the shoe box, you are most likely to be fascinated by its cover, the indispensable carrots, since the shoe is inspired by the cartoon character Bugs Bunny, the one from the movie Space Jam. In the corner is AJ’s Jumpman logo.

And on the side is the “Air Jordan”.

There are two layers of lining paper in the shoe box with the outer layer printed with geometric Mosaic symbolizing AJ7 while the inner layer the ordinary lining paper.

Upon opening the shoe box, I was stunned at its appearance. The only word surging into my mind was “awesome”. It is simply pure, refreshing and very cute, just like Bugs Bunny himself .

Since the shoes are made as a homage to Bugs Bunny, the whole designs are resemblance to the character. For example, the imitation rabbit hair on the vamp is made of artificial wool.

The pink on the shoes originates from Bugs Bunny’s ears while the grey-green stems from his fur. To my knowledge, the smallest size of the shoes is 40, which sets many girls back. But it is certain that if there were sizes for girls, they will be crazy about this shoes.

The tongue, made of foam and printed with red letters, is more comely than the AJ7’s geometric stitching. Besides, there are two pairs of laces for replacing: one is grey-green and the other pink.

At the heel, the word “23” with geometric stitching is reserved.

On the outside of the shoe is a series of numbers “130014-100”, which is the SKU number and also a kind of tribute.

The most symbolic part of the shoes is the outsole that shows its identity of AJ7. There are also various of colors and geometric designs applied to the outsole.

So does the insole adopt the geometric stitching design.

The shoes are good-looking though, with its price that is relatively high in AJ shoes, many fans are frustrated.

Overall:

Personally, I think this Air Jordan 7 HARE2.0 will be much more nicer for girls, but for boys, it could not match their clothes very well. But anyway, it can not be denied that the shoes are very aesthetically pleasing to the eye and if you are lucky enough to pick one pair, you are sure to be one of the most eye-catching one on the street.

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Close Look and Opening: J Balvin x AJ1

When talking about AJ1, the words that come into your mind might be “a has-been star”. In the first three months of AJ1’s 35th anniversary, which began last year, people have lost interest in the shoes completely. But is the shoe really out of fashion? Anyway, “the benevolent see benevolence and the wise see wisdom”; opinions of different people can vary greatly and you can remain your own. 

However, today I am not talking about AJ1 further more, but I am going to share with you some tech ans setups of another shoes, the co-branded J Balvin x AJ1. It’s safe to say that this co-branded shoes are very eye-catching and can be a good match for all kinds of clothes.

Earlier this year the images of the J Balvin x AJ1 have been exposed. But it was not until in February that the shoes debuted  in J Balvin’s performance, both exciting the whole present audiences.

Good news is that J Balvin himself has observed that the shoes would be available this year and is expected to be released in November.

The colorway and shoe type of this J Balvin x AJ1 are both fantastic, both of which has to some extent changed the design concept of AJ1 . With respect to the former, some fans said that it is mostly a reference to the hair color of J Balvin, which is very novel and originate. And with the  canvas vamp, the overall shoe looks very refreshing.

It is believed that the design of J Balvin X AJ1 is completely integrated with J Balvin’s own aesthetic appreciation of fashion  and his love for color elements. And even the jagged design of the shoes leaves no doubt that it was inspired by his hairstyle.

 

 

In addition to the unique design and colorway of the upper, J Balvin’s iconic smiley face logo, which very popular in recent years, is adorned at both heels and the left shoe tongue.

Overall:

The shoes were to have been released at the first place, but for the pandemic, many of the planned releases of models were delayed again and again with the most likely release date set for November. But notwithstanding the fact, I hope that the shoes can keep its appointment this time. And so how much do you expect its arrival?

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AIR JORDAN 30 Performance Review

When I first got to know my favorite player, what attracted me most was his calmness and performances on court. In contrast to the rebellious and passionate NBA league which consists mostly of black players, his character, in my view, stood out from the crowd. And because I like basketball, I like basketball shoes likewise and my favorite of course is the gray AJ30. In the surrounding magnificent sneakers, the AJ30 seems out of place and appears all the more unadorned. This, however, can not detract from my appreciation of it.

Looking at the changes of AJ shoes, we can easily draw a conclusion that there are major changes in every three editions.

For example, there are not magnificent changes between the AJ3, 4 and 5 and so is the case for AJ31, 32 and 33. It is shocking, however, that the AJ 34 is a very big change from the previous versions.

For AJ30, it is mostly criticized for its being completely the same with AJ29 in the soles.

AJ31 adopts the full-foot  Zoom AIR, AJ32 the separated Zoom AIR and AJ33 the separated Zoom AIR plus the Fast FIT. So even if they are similar with each other in the setups, never is there a version that copies the setup of the last one’s except AJ30. So it’s no wonder that it will come into criticizing.

 

Despite the fact, however, there are still highlights of the shoes that deserves our paying attention to. So how does it look like from the perspective of design?

Judging from its appearance, it’s actually quite handsome! After all, it was created by legendary shoe designers Tinker Hatfheld and Mark Smith.

The upper is made from a mix of woven, knitted and 3D-printed materials that it creates a unique visual gradient.

The upper wrapping, when compare with AJ29, is much nicer and tighter and the breathability is improved. But the design of heel part is even more delicate. The “XXX” unique of the AJ30 is integrated into the TPU at the heel which is similar to the basket net. Besides its nice looking, it also stabilizes the heel.

This is the so-called 3D printed tech and the toe made from it can protect our feet very well.

In the image we can see the asymmetrical design. The Air Jordan XXX was inspired by AJ12 for its comfortable and stable wearing experience with asymmetrical topline and the map design on the tongue should be inherited from AJ9.

In the pattern of the midsole and outsole, there is a unconspicuous butfamous saying: excellence is always the most important.


Given that there is unnecessary friction between the sock and the insole that causes the foot to slide inside the shoe when people are exercising,  the AJ 30 was specifically added a frictional rubber stripe to the insole.

Placed in the middle is the FlightSpee which is inherited from XX9. In the fore sole, there’s a large separated Zoom Air cushion while there is not  shockproof technology equipped in the rear sole.

The shoes are rather excellent in the support, grip and cushioning and hold a lead over many sneakers in the long-term tests. Tinker Hatfield also owns that this is probably the best practical sole so far.

But still, it receives mixed reviews for its performance. And when looking at it objectively, we can find many advantages.

Overall:

In a word, “The benevolent see benevolence and the wise see wisdom.” But the reason I am here is not to change your opinions of it, but to offer you an objective image of the shoe and its setups. And let’s reject being a blind follower and stick to the choice in our hearts!

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Closed Look and Opening:Jordan 1 Mid Iridescent White

In fact, of AIR JORDAN 1, there is another style of shoes that has been very popular in the past year: the comic style. The so-called comic style is mostly on the basis of white shoes with black edge, which is quite an easy thing to carry out and a rather fantastic originality.

Honestly, I myself have been obsessed with white shoes for a long time. So when I met this AIR JORDAN 1 MID, I found myself in love with it. Its appearance is just so appealing, and with so reasonable a price at present, I picked a pair right away.

As can be obviously seen that there are differences between the pictures in the above and the below. In the absence of lights, the shoes are likes this: besides the white part, there are only decorated black lines left. But when the flash is on, the shoes become colorful, which can be very pleasing to the eyes.

So let’s go on checking the shoes with the flash on. For the toe part of the shoes, it is pure white and square, and with the embellishment of the metallic luster, the overall is very good-looking.

And the same goes for the “hooks” at the side. Because of the decoration, they become more  solid and eye-pleasing.

As for the outsole, it is sheer white, thus inviting lots of visible dust and all kinds of dirt to the surface. What’s worse, since the grooves in the sole are somewhat big, chances are that you will find your soles be fraught with gravels, which can be frustrating. So if you are tired of or frightened by the frequent washing needed to keep the shoes clean, this might not be a good choice for you.

On the other hand, however, not dirt-proof as it is, it still grips nicely on most courts, and it performs especially nicely in emergency stops.

The reflection effect of different areas is not identical, however, the shoe is very nice all the time.

The overall shoe type is fluid, and it is certain that the shoes must be an eye-catching object on the court. No less certain is it that with all its excellent setups there, the shoes will be a reliable comrade of which you can expect surprises.

Overall:

The one “fatal” shortcoming of the shoes that sets back many people is its intolerance to dirt, not only in the sole, but the overall shoes. However, if this is not a big problem for you and you are much more into this kind of pure white style, you might as well take it into consideration.

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Close Look and Opening: Air Jordan 4 Metallic Purple

Air Jordan shoes are actually very classic and among the 4 most popular editions(the 1st, 4th, 6th and 11th), I am not that familiar with the 4th since I was not fortunate enough to have gotten one. But luckily, upon the launch of the AJ4 Metallic Pack, I’ve finally picked a pair  which is my favorite colorway.

As is shown in the picture, there were 4 colorways to be launched at the first place, but the last one was never released.

The shoe box adopts the bright paper and the flying logo can be reflective when illuminated.

What’s more, the printed letters on the back of the shoe box are also bright purple, making the whole box elegant.

The first sight of the shoes has left me a deep impression: they just nestled “quietly” inside the box as if they were bashful little girls. Honestly, I have no resistance to white shoes, especially the nice ones. So in terms of the shoes’ appearance, they can be said to be one of the most beautiful shoes on the market.

The mainly white appearance with some purple decorations, not so unique though, is still very compelling since there isn’t any fancy design.

Just looking at the toe, it looks a bit like AF1. But here I don’t want to lay it on thick about the shoes’ performances, I just want to share with you the truest feelings I have. In fact, a lot of Nike shoes are not so friendly to our feet, and this one is not an exception. But at least, the wide toe of the shoe will not press our toes, so it is recommended for people with wide feet.

From the material on the toe, I can also see sheer beauty of ox leather which is fine but not very soft, and I hope it won’t be wrinkled after a period of time.

The lace buckle is the biggest highlight of the whole vamp. It looks like metal , but is actually plastic. The visual effect, however, is still great.

As for the opalescent nylon mesh, it is not much better than plastic in terms of oxidation resistance and should turn yellow sooner or later.

The leather at the heel is not so soft and in case of being scraped, you’d better wear mid-calf length socks.

The smooth lining material makes it much easier to put on and take off the shoes.

Judging from the outsole, it can be durable enough that it will be a long-lasting companion. But on the other hand, it is also hard enough that you’d better not expect much feedback or rebound from it.

(The AIR SOLE in the rear part. )

The insoles are also purple, but the logo on it may fade away as time passes by.

Overall:

In short, except the foot feel which is beyond my expression, the overall appearance of the shoe is satisfactory. But however refreshing the shoe looks , the air permeability is a problem in summer days.

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Close Look and Opening: Air Jordan 11 “Bred”

I’ve picked this AJ11 “Bred” GS  for several months and I had intended to share with you about this shoes at the first place. But it has been delayed again and again and now it is here.

The size of this shoe box is compared with many others exceptionally small and the cowhide paper box is a homage to the first year’s.

At the side are colors of black and red, which is the same colorway of the shoes.

The AJ11 “Bred” GS has witnessed Jordan’s second triple-peat which is said to be the second starting point. And if you a Jordan fan, you may know that it was the AJ6 that witnessed his  first triple-peat which was a rather glorious moment.

For its appearance, I can not praise it enough although rumor has it that the workmanship of GS shoes is usually worse than that of males’.  And I even feel honored with it when I was playing basketball since it is actually a very nice companion. 

However, there is a fly in the ointment. That is the toe part which is short and blunt, making the whole not perfect.

The side design is very elegant and fluid, something of soft beauty.

The biggest advantage of GS model is that the shoe body adopts patent leather.

On the shoe tongue there’s a tag printed with some basic information about the shoes. However, I can not help but complaining the texture of the shoelaces which feel like hemp ropes. And when the “ropes” are compared with modern sneaker shoelaces, the former appears very stocky.

But the tongue is indeed very soft that it can not press the ankle.

Jordan’s player number 23 appears in the heel. From the back of the shoe, we can see that  the GS is narrow in shoe body, so those whose feet are wide might find it unfriendly. Therefore, if you are one of the wide footers, you  might as well ditch the choice.

One of the shoes’ other advantages, besides its handsome appearance, is its red outsole. In addition to its elegance, the sole is also antioxidant.

For the size problem, I am quite helpless. Normally I wear  size 42 and a half, but it is beyond my imagination that I can wear 40 of this AJ11 “Bred” GS and I even feel flexible.

Overall:

In short, “there are a thousand Hamlets in a thousand eyes”; everyone has his or her own taste  with respect to shoes. But what is most important here is that you can meet with the one that suits you best and make you feel comfortable.

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Close Look and Opening: Jordan Westbrook One Take

There are thousands of different sneakers on the market and there must be one that suits you best. Some sneaker enthusiasts may take the trouble of trying many shoes so as to find the most suitable one. To that end, here I’ve brought a pair of Jordan Westbrook One Take for you to check and that may arouse your interest and can be suitable for most people .

Hailed by the “Shoe King”, Tucker, as “one of the most comfortable and practical shoes”, the series launched this pair of Beijing city-specific colorway which, however, is rather cost-effective. But it should be mentioned here that the shoe last slant is relatively narrow, hence, those whose feet are wide are recommended to pick a bigger size.

For the shoebox, there is nothing new to be mentioned and it even adopts the same design as the other model of Westbrook.

With respect to the shoe’s appearance, the overall shape is the classic Westbrook style and appears quite  angular. And complicated as it looks, but on closer inspection it is quite simple.

The main material of the shoe surface is a whole piece of mesh fabric and from the static point of view, the permeability is above the average level.

The gradual red-orange in the vamp is very nice indeed which is really a eye-catching design.

On the outside of the forefoot there are two large pieces of patent-like leather that feel very smooth and are used to enhance support for the vamp.

At the ankle, there’s also a big leather that wraps around the entire heel and offers protection.

It is worth mentioning that the mint green material on the leather  is luminous and can emit a “dazzling” light in the dark.

And as you can see that in the middle of the upper, there are two pieces of upside-down triangle leather.

Along with the flexibility of the tongue, the design of the shoe is indeed very friendly to high-instep ones.

There is also a separate inner boot on the heel, which is a consistent feature of the Westbrook shoes.

The inside counter of the heel, with a piece of encircling hard plastic on the outside, together  improves the wrapping of the heel.

In terms of the midsole, it is still the combination of the front-foot  Zoom Air and the heel Phylon. Since the zoom below is very close to the insole, the rebound or feedback can be apparently felt.

Besides, we can also see a very visible arch support piece in the midsole, which provides a torsion resistance performance as well as  arch support.

For the outsole, it is the same luminous crystal bottom of whose performance I am still expecting. But I am sure it won’t fail me.

Overall:
In a word, I think this is a simplified version of the Westbrook 3. The overall design and the setups are all very inviting for me and let’s wait and see what surprises it will bring us.

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HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 2 Performance Review

As a runner who has been running for 26 months, running shoes are one of my most prized items. I’ve hitherto bought a total of 35 pairs of running shoes, the latest being the HOKA One One Speedgoat 2 which is my first pair of Hokas highly recommended by my friends. It seems every new shoe can bring  me fresh surprises, and HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 2 is no exception.

I used to resist the appearance of platform shoes. Regardless of its performances, its bulky appearance makes it not in the least belong to the category of lightweight. However, the moment when I got the shoes and held it in my hands, I knew I was wrong and my past cognition was completely overturned. A single shoe weighs 278 g, which is beyond my imagination and it was funny that I even thought the weighing machine was broken.

In terms of appearance, however, I don’t think it beautiful enough. There are altogether 7 colors in the shoe which dazzles the eyes though, but this also makes it versatile in matching clothes and I don’t  bother to think about the matching problem any longer.

It is worth mentioning that the Vibram sole is durable enough and non-slip as well. On rugged roads, it just gripped nicely and after a long time’s running, the sole did not show any signs of wearing out.

In the process of the first running, however, I was not used to it and after a short time’s breaking in, I surprisingly found that I was very relaxed wearing the shoes and it seemed to give me incessant energy, and through my feet it offered me quite a lot of softness and reliability.

Besides, the moment I put on the HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 2 , another feeling for it was that the shoe was very bouncy; I just felt like standing on a pillow.

Between the front and back foot there is a drop height of 4.5 mm that alleviates the pressure on the heel tendon. While I was on the way downhill the sole was too thick to make its potential into full play since it was on gravel road, thus slowing my pace.

What’s more surprising is that the wrapping of the net surface is very good, and so I can fully experience the running without worrying about slipping problems. I should say that this HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 2 is actual a very reliable companion.

Overall:

It is important for a runner to pick a suitable running shoe that is not only excellent in its performance, but also ensures comfortableness. So finding the right running shoes is also a rather significant matter. I like the saying that “love is the root of everything” and it is the love for running and running shoes that I encounter this excellent shoe and hopefully you can find your right ones.