’90s cult sportswear brand FILA is trying to engineer a comeback

Hasil gambar untuk ’90s cult sportswear brand FILA is trying to engineer a comebackYou remember FILA, the heritage Italian sportswear brand that was all the rage in the ’90s, whose red, blue, and white logo was worn by everybody from your middle-school buddies to rap stars.

FILA is trying to engineer a massive comeback. It is relaunching its most famous shoe, the Mindblower, a chunky sneaker known for its oversized, warped logo. It’s also collaborating with a range of artists and designers, from Kinfolk magazine to Marcus Troy to Pink Dolphin, who will each put their unique spin on the shoe.

[Photo: courtesy of FILA]

Louis W. Colon III, the brand’s VP of Heritage and Trend, says FILA wanted to tap into the nostalgia surrounding the brand by recreating an iconic shoe from its archives. But Colon says his goal is not only to engage older consumers who once had a fondness for the brand, but also to bring new consumers to the brand. “We’re doing this by speaking to consumers in totally modern ways, from social media to popups,” he says.Between April 20 and May 3, FILA will open a Mindblower Pop-Up at 107 Grand Street in New York, where the new Mindblower shoe will be released. The shoe will launch with Mindblower-inspired graphic tees, hoodies, jackets, fanny packs, and baseball caps. This will be the brand’s first retail experience in New York in over a decade. The idea is to make the space interactive and Instagram-friendly, playing into the idea of “blowing your mind” by using optical illusions to trick the eye.

Besides New York, FILA will launch similar pop-ups in Tokyo, Japan, and Seoul, Korea, and have a microsite focusing on this new collection.

Review: Basketball Shoes Recently Released

Air Jordan 32Air Jordan 32

The Air Jordan 32 (also known as Air Jordan XXXII) was released on September 23,, 2017. These shoes cost $185, which is a quite expensive, but may be worth the price for some customers. (The price is also dependent on what color you choose.) The Air Jordan 32 is available in every sneaker shop with slightly different prices. Some athletes aren’t pleased with the shoes because they found the traction to be weak, which is strange because the Air Jordan 32 was made with a different kind of rubber than the previous versions, designed to grip very well. The previous shoes–Air Jordan 28, 29, 30, and 31–only differed in design.

The Air Jordan 32 is also a huge step in basketball shoes industry because the Air Jordan official company decided that the Air Jordan 31 would be the final series shoes, but the company suddenly announced the September release of the Air Jordan 32. No one was expecting the dramatic increase in quality–the shoes had good traction, good cushion and amazing support. Basketball shoe experts said in reviews that they were impressed with the performance of the shoes. Players who are looking for performance-enhancing gear and good mix of comfort and function would love these shoes.

Air Jordan Why Not zero.1

The Air Jordan Why Not zero.1 was released on January 15, 2018 by Westbrook Shoes. The shoes come with a price tag of $130, which is pricey but more affordable than some of their competitors. The price doesn’t vary from store to store, like some other pairs. The Why Not zero.1 is also available from Finish Line, Sports Champ, and more retailers. The bottoms of the shoes have micro patterns with tiny rubber blades that act like a brushes, pushing dirt away. Athletes looking for advanced traction technology would appreciate these shoes.

Nike KD 10

The Nike KD 10 was released on March 29, 2018. These shoes cost approximately $150, which is a mid-range price for basketball sneakers. The KD10 features are similar to the set-up of the KD9. The KD10 has all the basic support athletes need. The main support comes from its fit–if you find the right size, the heel padding works wonderfully and supports your foot comfortably. These shoes are available at every sneaker shop with varying prices. The price also varies depending on which color a customer chooses. Overall, the shoes have a lot of great features that all types of basketball players will most likely enjoy.

Nike LeBron 15

The Nike LeBron 15 was released on March 15, 2018. The Nike LeBron costs $185, so they’re tied with the Air Jordan 32 as the most expensive basketball shoes being reviewed. These shoes are widely available in every sneaker shop, but price varies between store and color. Some sneakerheads/experts would not recommend playing in the LeBron 15 outdoors. Athletes who value their shoes’ cushion above all else will love these, but their function, especially outside, is lacking.

Nike PG 2

The Nike PG 2 was released on February 24, 2018. They cost $110, the cheapest pair being reviewed. Furthermore, they’re widely available and price doesn’t vary according to shop or color. The traction, cushion, support, and fit are highly praised by reviewers. Any fans of the brand should definitely try these shoes on.

Nike Release Dates 2018: Kobe 1 Protro And Kobe AD NXT 360 ‘Mamba Day’ Set To Hit The Market

Nike is set to release the “Mamba Day” edition of the Kobe 1 Protro and Kobe AD NXT 360 signature shoes.

Hasil gambar untuk Kobe 1 Protro And Kobe AD NXT 360Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is set to get a lot of attention again soon, but it is not because he is returning to the hardcourt. Nike is set to release new Kobe signature shoes starting Friday, and fans are already making a lot of noise about the soon-to-be-released sneakers.

Nike will release two new sneakers to celebrate the second anniversary of Bryant’s farewell game for the Lakers. First is the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro“Mamba Day” edition, which is listed as the black/black-white-metallic gold colorway of this simple yet eye-catching signature shoe.

According to the official release page on Nike’s official website, the new Kobe 1 Protro “Mamba Day” will come out on Friday, exactly two years since Bryant torched the Utah Jazz with a 60-point performance during his last game in the NBA, which was a fitting farewell to one of the best players in basketball history.

The Kobe 1 Protro “Mamba Day” features a black-based upper part with metallic gold Nike Swoosh on the side and Mamba logo on the tongue. It also has an “XX” logo near the tongue, which is a nod to Bryant’s legendary 20-year career in the NBA.

This colorway of the Kobe 1 Protro, which is basically an advanced version of the original Nike Zoom Kobe 1, will be available for $175 per pair. According to Lakers Nation, this sneaker will also come out in “Final Seconds” edition on Saturday with retail price set at $175 per pair as well.

Kobe AD NXT 360 Mamba Day

Meanwhile, Nike also announced that the Kobe AD NEXT 360 will be released on Friday. The newest shoe of the future Hall of Famer features next generation 360 degrees Flyknit upper part, which could give athletes a more precise second skin, according to Nike.

The new Kobe AD NXT 360 “Black Mamba” edition will be sold for $200 per pair.

Dragon Ball Z Is Taking Over The NBA

This season, NBA players around the league are showing love to their favorite anime series growing up: Dragon Ball Z.

Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball released a track titled “Super Saiyan.” Rudy Gobert, De’Aaron Fox, Dennis Smith Jr., Karl-Anthony Towns and Jordan Bell are also avid fans of the show.

The original Dragon Ball anime series, based on the manga created by Akira Toriyama, made its debut in Japan in 1986. It did not make its way to America until 1996, when it took off in front of a new audience. The original series was followed by Dragon Ball ZDragon Ball GT and the current series Dragon Ball Super.

The show’s main protagonist, Goku, spends the series improving his power level in order to fight against increasingly more powerful villains.

Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie calls Dragon Ball his favorite show growing up. His favorite character is Vegeta, who is constantly chasing Goku to try to get on the same level as him.

“It’s cool to have a character you can identity with,” Dinwiddie explained. “Just identifying with a guy like Vegeta who is always right there, but not quite there.”

Clippers forward Tobias Harris, on the other hand, prefers Goku. “He was always pushing to take that next step to become a Super Saiyan,” Harris said. “There are so many life lessons on the show about unlocking your own potential.”

Choosing between Goku and Vegeta is as difficult as, say, deciding between Michael Jordan and LeBron James. “It was definitely Goku growing up,” Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen said. “But once I got older, it was Vegeta. He’s the hungrier guy. He thinks he’s the best and he’s always trying to chase everybody.”

As a sixth grader growing up in Finland, Markkanen would watch two episodes of Dragon Ball Z every day after school. At first, the show didn’t have too much appeal. Like most anime series, Dragon Ball Z is known to draw out their plot lines with episodes that are considered filler.

“The first few episodes I watched, nothing was happening,” Markkanen said. “The early episodes, nobody was even powering up.” But soon, Markkanen was hooked.

Beyond the obvious pure entertainment appeal, there’s another reason so many NBA players are drawn to the show. They can relate to the triumphs and struggles the characters on Dragon Ball go through, similar to their paths from high school, to college, to carving out a spot in the NBA.

“They explain how you will never be your best self because of your ego and anger,” Harris said, breaking down Vegeta’s narrative. “As a professional athlete, you can definitely relate to that.”

Last year, Gita Jackson of Kotaku wrote an article titled “Why Black Men Love Dragon Ball Z.” In the story, Jackson interviewed Malcolm Jones, an engineer who described the commonality of how every main character on the show had an underdog narrative. “I think black men particularly identify themselves with that,” Jones said.

Harris agrees. “It’s a really deep show,” he said, “Some people don’t realize it.” He’s read RZA’s book “The Tao of Wu” where Dragon Ball Z is described as the journey of the black man.

Dinwiddie has a more obvious explanation for why it’s such a favorite among NBA athletes. “Who doesn’t want to watch a bunch of guys flying around while they’re fighting,” he said.

Dragon Ball Z doesn’t just take players back to their childhood. When the series made its return with Dragon Ball Super in 2015, Dinwiddie was thrilled to see his favorite anime making a comeback. “To be able to see something come back to life and people still have the same interest is pretty cool,” Dinwiddie said. “I still watch every Sunday, and it’s like, wow, after all these years, I still love the show.”

Players have expressed their passion for Dragon Ball Z with a series of customized sneakers, courtesy of shoe customizer Kickstradomis. Recently, at Madison Square Garden, Bell wore a pair of customized PG1 “Vegeta” that drew as much attention as any shoe that evening, which is saying something considering Nick Young wore the Yeezy 500 “Desert Rat” in the same game.

Markkanen debuted his “Goku” Hyperdunks in early March. “It’s awesome,” Markkanen said. “It was my favorite show growing up, and to actually wear something with my team colors too, it’s awesome to have something different.”

Luka Doncic, the potential first overall pick in the upcoming draft, recently received a pair of “Majin Buu” Hyperdunks from Kickstradomis. As the next generation makes their way to the NBA, conversations about Dragon Ball Z in locker rooms will only intensify.

For Harris, that’s just the way it should be. “The show is fire,” he said. “And a lot of older people watch it. It’s definitely not just a show for kids.”

Nike KD 10 “City Edition,” aka “Hyper Turquoise.”

Nike loved the KD 10 “City Edition” concept enough to bring it back for a second time. And the new version embraces the color scheme used on the original, but in a different way.

To go along with Nike’s “City Edition” NBA’s uniforms for each team, the brand offered up the first KD 10 of the same theme in December 2017 for Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant, which matched the on-court look of his team. (Golden State’s jerseys were executed in yellow, blue and crimson hues and designed as an homage to Chinese culture in the Bay Area, with the chest logo of the uniform combining the team’s bridge logo with a dragon atop.)

For the second installment, Nike simply created an inverse of the first, flipping hyper turquoise into the main feature of the sneaker, moving racer blue to accents. Orange embroidery on the tongue again offers up Chinese lettering, while yellow shows up on the outsole.

Nike KD 10 City Edition Hyper Turquoise

According to Foot Locker’s release calendar, the new Nike KD 10 “City Edition” will release April 4. Other iterations of the shoe retail for $150, so it’s likely this colorway will sell for the same price.

Adidas Panel Talks Basketball Culture in Fashion

Hasil gambar untuk Adidas Panel Talks Basketball Culture in FashionRefinement of just what defines streetwear is now emerging with the segment’s continued rise, and a panel of designers drawing inspiration from the court sought to tackle basketball’s influence on fashion as much of Los Angeles gears up for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game.

Adidas, while plenty of its crew prepped for its 747 Warehouse event, on Thursday evening took over sneaker store Nice Kicks and an adjacent parking lot in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate the launch of its Boost You Wear shoe collaboration with local label Bristol Studio.

A panel featuring Bristol cofounder and creative director Luke Tadashi, Eric Emanuel of his own namesake label and Adidas’ Brooklyn Creator Farm vice president and creative director Denis Dekovic led a thoughtful conversation on basketball’s reemerging influence on fashion.

Emanuel recalled watching Allen Iverson, noting the athlete as a style icon.

“You’re starting to see people who are now in the NBA sort of remembering that time fondly and nostalgically and are starting to bring that back and recycle those styles, but in a really fresh and original way,” Emanuel said.

Dekovic, who joined Adidas from Nike, took the thought a step further, saying the style expression on the court is parallel to how the game is being played.

“Through the players, the culture is getting onto the court and it’s not just the styling of what they wear before and after the game,” he said. “It’s also in the style of how they play the game: much more expressive, much more aggressive than before.”

Basketball clothing’s reversibility, the tear-away pants, leggings layered under shorts and even some of the footwear going back to the Nineties Feet You Wear style on which today’s Crazy Boost You Wear draws inspiration are now all common takeaways from the court translated for the street.

Adidas confirmed the creation of the Brooklyn Creator Farm in 2016 as an incubator of sorts for new designs, essentially opening up the process to emerging designers and others. Tadashi’s Bristol Studio worked with Brooklyn Farm on a BYW footwear collaboration — complete with leather and suede and toggle laces — that was just released.

The trio of speakers, while all taking cues from styles on the court, have different ways of going about their inspiration, largely reflective of their environment.

For Emanuel, hailing from the East Coast, he noted a greater “flair” on the streets as seen in the styles that make their way onto street basketball games during the summer. It’s a baggier look, said the designer, who also finds old rap videos to be another source of inspiration.

On the West Coast, Tadashi said, the look is more subtle, mirroring an ease at which athletes hailing from there play the game.

“For me, the inspiration is everywhere and it’s the most important part of my job to stay curious and keep hunting for new things,” Dekovic said. “I always want to know what’s going on but, more importantly, why these things are going on. Why the rap videos today are different than two, three years ago. Why the fashion brands are embellishing. I need to understand why because only with that understanding can I understand what’s next.”

“I have to look to the future and for me [while] the Boost You Wear does perhaps take some inspiration from the old Feet You Wear [style], it takes it into the future,” he said. “It’s a completely different silhouette and I like looking at what’s next. I like to create an icon that 15, 20 years from now people will look back and will try to remix into something more contemporary for them.”

Nike Releases 2018 Black History Month ‘Equality’ Sneakers for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Nike Kyrie 4 BHMIn honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Nike introduced its equality-themed Black History Month collection today, with several limited-edition sneakers available now — and more to come in February.

Leading the way for the range is the “Equality” Air Force 1 Low and Air Jordan 1 Melo, which feature black-and-white uppers with gold accents, and the “BHM” KD 10, Kyrie 4, LeBron 15 and Mercurial Vapor XI, which draw colors from the Pan-African flag.

Select styles in the collection are accented with dates that reference important moments of standing up for equality.

Nike Air Force 1 Low “BHM.”

Another notable highlight in the collection is the Mercurial Vapor XI soccer cleat, which Nike says will be worn on the pitch by Kevin-Prince Boateng of Eintracht Frankfurt and Paris Saint-Germain’s Dani Alves.

Several styles in the collection were released today via Nike’s e-commerce site and SNKRS app, and the Air Jordan 1 Melo, Air Force 1 Low and Kyrie 4 have all sold out at retail. However, the KD 10 ($150) and LeBron 15 ($185) are still available now.

The Air Force 1 High, Air Jordan 1 Flyknit, and Air VaporMax will be released Feb. 1.

Nike LeBron 15 BHM
Nike LeBron 15 “BHM.”

Sportswear companies in China look to lead the field in growing market

Hasil gambar untuk Sportswear companies in China look to lead the field in growing marketBEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – When President Xi Jinping and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto met with athletes from the two nations at the 2017 World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki in April, Mr Xi brought a gift for Mr Niinisto and his wife Jenni Haukio – a piece of sportswear bearing the Chinese athletes’ autographs.

The sportswear, produced by Anta Sports Products, was made in Jinjiang, which is administered by Quanzhou, a city in the eastern province of Fujian.

The market capitalisation of the company, which went public in 1997, recently exceeded HK$70 billion (S$12 billion), nearly six times its initial market value.

Mr Ding Shizhong, Anta’s chairman and chief executive officer, said the company has set two development goals to be realised by 2020: selling 100 million pairs of shoes and 130 million items of clothing, and expanding the number of stores it operates to 11,000.

Last year, Anta established a joint venture with Descente, a Japanese company that makes winter sports gear, with a plan to open 10 stores in China to promote high-end outdoor sports clothing and accessories. According to Mr Ding, the company is looking to move into the high-end market via mergers and acquisitions.

Jinjiang is the world’s largest production base for sneakers, with 404 large-scale enterprises producing 1 billion pairs a year.

As a result of rising labour costs, shoemakers in Jinjiang have been scrambling to grab the high-end market.

To promote their brands internationally, large footwear companies in the city, including Anta and 361 Degrees, have signed NBA stars such as Kevin Garnett and Klay Thompson, plus a number of Jamaican athletes.

The transformation from low-price manufacturer to premium brand is not easy. In addition to increased costs for labour and raw materials, such as rubber and petroleum products, the end of last year saw the exported goods price index for footwear products fall by 10 per cent from 2015.

Moreover, the foreign trade climate index for the footwear industry fell by 24 per cent during the same period, according to the Jinjiang bureau of commerce.

Mr Cai Wenqing, head of the bureau, said many companies adopted similar strategies – investing larger sums in research and development – to insulate themselves from the impact of rising costs.

“Transformation takes time, but with this active response we will be on the right track soon,” he said.


Mr Su Yashuai, founder and board chairman of J-TECH CNC Technology, said that in the past 20 years, he has witnessed impressive changes in his hometown. His company has grown from a small factory producing hardware fittings and molds to a large business specialising in the production of precision-machining equipment through the use of automation and intelligent manufacturing techniques.

The company, whose products cover industries such as aerospace, defence, automobiles, shipbuilding, wind power generation and medical equipment, now holds more than 100 patents.

“We once had a competition with a Japanese peer. The performance and precision of our products were as good as theirs, even though our brand wasn’t as famous,” Mr Su said, displaying one of his company’s latest products, a machine that makes shells for mobile phones.

J-TECH is just one example of how businesses in Quanzhou have undergone complete makeovers. As the city has intensified its reform efforts, more companies have been motivated to embrace change.

Last year, Quanzhou was listed as a pilot city for the Made in China 2025 programme, a 10-year plan unveiled by the State Council, China’s Cabinet, in 2015. It aims to transform the country from a manufacturing giant into a global manufacturing power, and is the first action plan specifically designed to achieve that ambition.

In response, the city launched the Made in Quanzhou 2025 initiative, under which traditional industries are being upgraded to technology-based businesses.

The results are obvious. More than 40 per cent of the city’s large industrial enterprises use machines that employ computer numerical control, allowing them to operate via programmed sequences, and smart robots.

The moves have cut the labour force by 30 per cent and lowered costs by 50 per cent. In addition, a host of imported equipment has been replaced with Chinese-made machinery, shortening production times by as much as 40 per cent.

Quanzhou, once home to a number of small- and medium-sized private companies, is now filled with innovation-driven and high technology-oriented industrial clusters. As a result, it is bursting with vitality and is one of three pillar cities in the province.

The others are Fuzhou, the provincial capital, and the port city of Xiamen, which will host the ninth BRICS Summit in September.


For the past 18 years, Quanzhou has had the highest GDP of any city in Fujian, according to official statistics, but the authorities are not sitting on their laurels.

“There’s still plenty of room for development,” said Mr Chen Jianxing, deputy director of the city’s science and technology bureau.

He added that private enterprises face many challenges in common, such as small scales of operation, allied to a lack of research investment and high-calibre personnel.

To overcome these difficulties, the municipal government has invited experts from scientific institutions nationwide to study the problems and formulate solutions in accordance with local conditions.

Private companies are also being encouraged to cooperate with renowned universities to harness the most advanced ideas and experience from around the country.

Mr Zhuang Xiashui, director of the human resources department of food producer Dali Group, which is based in Quanzhou, said the company upgrades and streamlines its production line every year to raise output and production capacity.

In recent years, about 3 per cent of the company’s sales income has been spent on innovation and upgrading the company’s technology, he said.

Nike KD 9 Elite “Racer Pink” Set For Mid-May Release

More pink KD 9 Elites are on the way just in time for Mother’s Day later this month. The lifestyle quality showcased on the Nike KD 9 Elite “Pink Dust” was a surprise given the obvious performance upgrades found in the KD 9 Elite, especially on the ankle collar. Now the Nike KD 9 Elite Racer Pink will release on May 15th featuring special callouts to KD’s mom Wanda on the inner lining. The “Racer Pink” colorway features more of a vibrant fuchsia shade throughout with a white on white Zoom-infused midsole and outsole unit but the model truly gets personal with the insoles featuring inspiration quotes and ‘Heart, Journey, Essence’ callouts. What do you think of this Mother’s Day inspired Nike KD 9 Elite? Check out more detailed photos below and grab your pair on May 15th for $150 USD. Be sure to head over to our Release Dates page for more updates from Nike Basketball.



Traction – I keep doing this, but I really can’t help it. The brain can’t help but judge certain things by how they look prior to experiencing it first hand. Traction on the Nike KD 9 looks like it would be trash, but it performed the exact opposite. In fact, there were times when traction was too good. Will every pair perform at such a high level? Without testing each pair it’s impossible to say. What I do know is that the rubber compound used on the versions with solid rubber outsoles will offer you incredibly sticky traction.

Were there times when you had to wipe? Yes, as is the case with most shoes. However, if I didn’t have time to wipe during game play the traction still held strong until I was able to get a chance to clean the outsole real quick.

Nike KD 9 Performance Review CushionCushion – Full length Max Zoom in articulated fashion. This sh*t is amazing. Smooth transition, ultimate impact protection, and ultimate responsiveness. This cushion setup is everything you’d expect it to be and then some. The best feature is not what was just mentioned, but the fact that Nike was able to provide such attributes to the setup while still retaining mobility. All positions will be able to wear and enjoy these bad boys. Unlike full length setups of the past, these aren’t stiff or rigid to move around in. You’re fairly close to the ground, and you don’t feel as if you’re wearing a full length Air unit due to the segregated forefoot.

Nike KD 9 Performance Review Cushion 2I was slightly disappointed with the full length Zoom setup we received in last year’s KD 8, but Nike made up for it with these guys. One thing to note is that the lateral forefoot section will collapse a bit if you land on it. With the KD 8, there were two TPU bumpers in that same location to prevent such a thing from occurring. I never rolled my ankle, or received any injury from the issue. However, it was something that was noticeable enough to throw into the review. When jumping, whether it be for a jump shot, to contest a shot, or for a rebound, try to not land on the lateral section of your forefoot. Sometimes you can’t help it due to being awkwardly vulnerable while in the air, but try to avoid it as best you can.

Nike KD 9 Performance Review MaterialsMaterials – Flyknit. Not the heavily glued Flyknit, this is just Flyknit and some nylon backing it. Someone asked why would Nike use Flyknit if they were going to back it with nylon. The answer: it allows the Flyknit to do what Flyknit does while still providing a level of support that’s playable. Nylon won’t stretch in the same way that a knit would so the material will hold tight while still remaining flexible.

This is the best iteration of Flyknit we’ve received on a Nike Basketball model to date. I’m not going to go as far as saying it’s the best thing in the world, but if you’re like me and enjoy woven/ knitted uppers then you’re most likely going to enjoy the hell out of this setup. The material also got stepped on quite a bit, and while it’s dirty, it’s still in one piece.

The rear section is textile mesh, foam, and Fuse, and it’s nothing fancy. The rear section should provide enough structure and support for the foot so this setup works perfectly even though it doesn’t look as pretty as the forefoot area.

Nike KD 9 Performance Review Fit 2Fit – Like every other KD model that’s ever existed, I highly recommend trying these on in-store prior to purchasing. I went down 1/2 size and length wise they fit perfectly. They’re hard as hell to get on my foot, but once they’re on I’m locked in perfectly, just the way I like it. However, the left shoe’s seam gave me a ton of pain for the first few wears. It eventually broke-in, but it sure as hell was painful until then.

The one piece upper boot construction and the Nylon lacing system work well for the size I’m wearing. However, the lacing cables don’t move much so if you end up with a size that doesn’t fit you perfectly then you may have some minor heel slipping. Even though the heel is heavily padded and sculpted, that won’t makeup for an incorrect size issue.

Brace wearers: it’s pretty important that you bring your brace with you to try on shoes. That’s the only way to really ensure a sneaker will accommodate your additional attachment.

Nike KD 9 Performance Review SupportSupport – The Nike KD 9’s support is essentially riding on one key aspect: the overall fit. If these fit sloppy in any way then we’ll have another LeBron 13 Low situation on our hands — with that shoe I was unable to fit 1/2 size down in which meant that the ankle lacing structure and heel section were just poorly designed. If your pair fits you perfectly then you’ll end up with a shoe that offers a one-to-one fit and plenty of mobility without lacking support.

The rest of the shoe is fairly standard as the rear section has the typical internal TPU heel counter. And, no, the tiny little KD logo is not the heel counter. It’s just a piece of plastic glued to the exterior section of the shoe. Meanwhile, the cushion system is flat and shaped just like your foot, providing you with great stability.

Nike KD 9 Performance Review OverallOverall – Nike did a decent job with the KD 8 while the KD 8 Elite felt like a cheap, unnecessary, and unfinished version of the KD 8. Luckily, that isn’t the case with the Nike KD 9. You’ll receive solid traction, fantastic cushion, great materials, and if you get the size that fits you best, you’ll also receive a solid and secure fit for optimal support. Some may think that getting all this for $150 is a steal, and I whole-heartily disagree. Getting all this for $150 is exactly what we should be getting. $150 isn’t exactly chump change. Paying above $150 for a sneaker is really just paying for a novelty item. It might look cool, but it’s usually not worth it.

However, your money will be well spent when it comes to the Nike KD 9. If I like something enough to want to grab another colorway then that’s how I know that they’re pretty money on-court.

Nike KD 9 Performance Review Score