Nike LeBron 15 ‘Ghost’ String/Vachetta Tan-Sail Release Date

For New York Fashion Week, LeBron James just unveiled the Nike LeBron 15. The pair shown is being called the Nike LeBron 15 ‘Ghost’.

This Nike LeBron 15 comes dressed in a String, Vachetta Tan and Sail color combination. In addition LeBron’s new signature shoe will feature BattleKnit across the uppers and BattleMax cushioning. String is seen across the base while Vachetta Tan lands on the tongue an heel. Finishing the look is an icy translucent outsole.

Nike LeBron 15 Ghost Release Date

The Nike LeBron 15 Ghost is scheduled to release at select Nike Basketball retailers including online at Nike.com on October 28th, 2017. Retail price is set at $185. Once we have more information, we will make sure to update you. Below you can check out a full image and make sure to visit the comments section with your thoughts.

Nike LeBron 15 Ghost
String/Vachetta Tan-Sail
October 28, 2017
897648-200
$185

Nike Flyknit Trainer Bright Citron Releasing on October 5th

The Nike Flyknit Trainer releases will continue through the Fall season. Coming soon will be the Nike Flyknit Trainer ‘Bright Citron’ which will debut during October.

 

This Nike Flyknit Trainer comes dressed in a Bright Citron, Black and White color combination. As you can see the Flyknit uppers feature both Yellow and Black detailing. Following we have Black on the Flywire cables, Nike Swoosh and outsole. Finishing the look is White on the midsole.

Nike Flyknit Trainer Bright Citron Release Date

The Nike Flyknit Trainer Bright Citron will release at select Nike Sportswear retailers including online at Nike.com on October 5th, 2017. Once available, the retail price will be $150. Once we have more information, we will make sure to update you. Continue to scroll below to check out additional photos for a closer look.

Nike Flyknit Trainer
Bright Citron/Black-White
October 5, 2017
AH8396-700
$150

Air Jordan 32 ‘UNC Tar Heels’ Player Release

We continue to profile upcoming Air Jordan 32 Player Exclusives and the next set we have to showcase is from the UNC Tar Heels men’s basketball team. Shown is both the mid and low.

 

First up we have the mid-top which comes in White and Carolina Blue while accents of Navy are used. As for the low, they feature predominate Carolina Blue throughout while hints of White are featured.

More than likely these UNC Air Jordan 32 PE’s won’t release to the public and stay an exclusive to the North Carolina Tar Heels squad. For those that are interested in grabbing the next Air Jordan 32 release, it will release on October 18th and is the Air Jordan 32 Low ‘Bred’ as well as the ‘MJ Day’. Below you can check out a few more images.

Nike Air VaporMax ‘Triple Pink’ Release Date

After we have showcased upcoming Nike Air VaporMax releases part of the brands FW17 collection, we have another first look at an upcoming launch. Shown is the Nike Air VaporMax ’Triple Pink’.

As you can see, they feature Pink throughout giving them a clean and loud look. This Nike Air VaporMax features Pink Flyknit across the uppers while the same shade lands on the Flywire cables, Nike Swoosh and VaporMax Air unit.

At the time of writing, a release date for the Nike Air VaporMax Triple Pink has yet to be announced. However they are expected to arrive in the coming months at select Nike Sportswear retailers. Once we have more information, we will make sure to update you. Continue to scroll below to check out more images which will provide you with a detailed look.

Nike Air VaporMax ‘Blue Lagoon’ Coming On Fall 2017

The Nike Air VaporMax ‘Blue Lagoon’ has a Multicolor feel which was first seen part of Nike’s FW17 Collection.

This Nike Air VaporMax comes dressed in a Black, Metallic Silver and Blue Lagoon color combination. As you can see they feature Black across the Flyknit uppers while Blue and Pink detailing is speckled. Finishing the look is Metallic Silver NikeSwoosh with 3M Reflective accents.

Nike Air VaporMax Blue Lagoon Release Date

At the time of writing, a specific release date for the Nike Air VaporMax Blue Lagoon has yet to be announced. However you can expect them to arrive at NikeSportswear retailers including online at Nike.com later this Fall. Retail price will be $190. Continue to scroll below to check out more images which will provide you with a closer look.

Nike Air VaporMax
Black/Metallic Silver-Blue Lagoon
Fall 2017
849558-015
$190     

Air Jordan 32 Performance Review

The Air Jordan 32 Mid and Low have been wear-tested for our latest performance review.
Traction – The Air Jordan 30 and 31 disappointed many that played in them from a traction standpoint — especially compared to the 29 and 28 that came before them — but the 32 switched things up and used rubber that actually gripped the court. Not only did they grip the court, but it gripped really well.

Jordan Brand used an altered herringbone, which it also tried with the 31, and this time around it was a success. Dust only affected performance in a minor way; infrequent wiping was needed on a less than desirable court. If you play on a clean court, or at least one that is properly refinished once a year, you’re going to get a tacky experience that bites when you need it most.

After playing in both the mid and low version of the Air Jordan 32, the Lows seem to uses better rubber overall. I wouldn’t say it’s astonishingly better but I noticed it. If you have been unsatisfied with traction from the flagship Air Jordan model in the past year or so then I think you’ll be very happy with this year’s version.

I wasn’t able to take them for a spin outdoors so I can’t report on the outdoor performance this time around.

Cushion

Cushion – Full-length Unlocked Zoom Air seems to be a thing of the past because heel and forefoot segmented Zoom Air returns — for the first time since the Air Jordan XX8 — on the Air Jordan 32. The forefoot section of Zoom Air is of the unlocked variety whereas the heel is bottom-loaded.

This year, the unlocked Zoom Air does not protrude out of the shoe so the extreme bounce isn’t here. However, stability is — the lack of it was my main issue when playing in the 31. You can feel the Zoom when you place enough pressure on the forefoot; it feels nice and it gives you the feeling that it springs into action as you need it rather than it lingering around while you may not be in need of the cushion. For me, this setup feels more balanced than unlocked setups in the past. While some get used to the feeling of a large volume Zoom Air unit protruding from the sole, this feels a bit more…normal.

The midsole setup is pretty stiff to start. It does break-in with time so be patient and you’ll stop thinking about how stiff things start out. The Air Jordan 32 reminds me of the Air Jordan 12 in that aspect — maybe not quite as stiff as the 12s, but pretty damn close. I think the overall stiffness is due to the Pebax moderator plate. Once you get that plate to become flexible you’ll really start to enjoy the ride as you’ll receive cushion and stability.

Materials

Materials – I absolutely love the materials on the Air Jordan 32. It definitely isn’t the most breathable because of the layers, but this type of Flyknit is what I’ve been waiting for since Nike first introduced it into the basketball line. There is no heavy glue usage, no TPU strands or yarn. Just really thick Flyknit that moves well with the foot.

Certain areas are very tightly knitted while others offer some stretch. The areas that do stretch are still extremely thick so you’re getting the most out of the material. It’s been durable so far, although the eyelet areas potentially ripping is a concern of mine. Hopefully, that doesn’t happen to anyone, but there’s always Nike’s warranty if it does.

The heel area features synthetic leather or suede (depending on the colorway). I glossed over this area in the Air Jordan 32 video review because I don’t feel it’s anything of great significance and it’s very similar to last year’s Air Jordan 31 setup. It works well and adds strength to the rear section of the shoe ensuring lockdown, but premium it is not.

I suppose it doesn’t have to be premium, but that would have been awesome. This is more of a small gripe with the mid because the lowtops feature such a small amount of leather on the heel that it really doesn’t matter. The Mid on the other hand — it uses a lot of material at the rear overlay and it would have been awesome to have seen something similar to what was used on the red suede Air Jordan 21. Remember those? Italian red suede that pointed back to Jordan Brand’s past of manufacturing the AJ2 upper in Italy. Yeah, that would have been really awesome.

The Hall of Fame badge though, that goes to the Flyknit. It’s the real MVP.

Fit

Fit – When I initially put on the Air Jordan 32 width felt pretty narrow — and because of that, the shoe felt slightly long. However, after breaking them in I feel going true to size is the best option. I have a friend that bought a pair and he has a wider foot. He went true to size as well and was happy with them. Trying shoes on in-store is always the best option though (if or when it’s possible).

Lockdown was really nice. I wasn’t sure what to expect because this was the first time I’ve played in proper Flyknit. Will it stretch too much? Maybe not enough? First few runs and the Air Jordan 32 was definitely tight but the Flyknit did stretch a bit — not to the point to where I felt insecure, but enough to where I needed to readjust the laces. Once I did that there was nothing else to worry about. The shoe just felt like it was made for my foot, something I really enjoy.

Last time I felt this way about an Air Jordan upper was with the 29 Low. Those were so awesome. The Air Jordan 32 gave me similar vibes but with a more structured heel — which is something I loved about the 31. I guess you can say Jordan Brand blended what’s been working throughout the last three years and we’re finally seeing the refined version of it all. Subtle evolution down the line, just like the glory days of the early Air Jordan line.

Support

Support – If you’re able to find the size that fits you best then support shouldn’t be an issue. I rolled my damn ankle (same one) in both the Air Jordan 32 Mid and the Low and was able to continue playing every time. I really need to stop going after rebounds when someone with a size 14 is down in the post — especially when the most I am able to do is temporarily disrupt their eventual rebound.

Everything worked well though. The moderator plate works to increase torsional rigidity and the outrigger was solid. The midsole sculpt in the rear may be off-putting for some from a design perspective because it isn’t a clean line but it contains the rearfoot well upon lateral movements. There is an internal heel counter, as well as the visible external piece — both do their job well.

Overall

Overall – If I were to rank the previous Air Jordan signature models since the introduction of unlocked Zoom Air (based on overall performance) it would look like this: XX8, XX9 (Low for me), XXX2, XXX1. We won’t mention the XXX. Depending on the day, I might even be able to swap the XX9 and XXX2 with each other.

I feel that fit and lockdown are better in the Air Jordan 32 , as is the cushion/stability, but I loved the decoupled heel and forefoot. However, the 32 is stiff at first and a bit heavy. As usual, it all depends on what you want or need out of your basketball shoe. Not every shoe is made for every person, but there’s something out there for everyone. You just have to know what you’re looking for.

The Air Jordan 32 is a huge step in the right direction. Everything feels refined. If Jordan Brand can keep the stability but increase the flexibility then it will have perfected the Flight Speed setup. I think people are going to like this one. http://www.kd10sale.com

AIR JORDAN 31 LOW “QUAI 54” Releasing Soon

Summer is here which means we’re in for a good three straight months of outdoor hooping on slabs of concrete and asphalt the world over. Around this time every year, some of the world’s best streetballers convene in Paris, France to partake in the annual Quai 54 Tournament hosted by Nike and Jordan Brand. Starting a few years back, both basketball imprints began releasing their exclusive Quai 54 offerings to the masses in limited drops, and this year we’ll be getting both the Jordan 31 Low pictured here, and a mismatched premium suede version of the Jordan 1 Quai 54. The Jordan 31 Quai 54 features a black to white gradient without the Air Jordan 1-inspired Swoosh branding while a metallic heel adds splashes of red to contrast the France-inspired hits of royal blue on the tongue. Grab your pair on July 1st for $160.

AIR JORDAN 31 LOW “QUAI 54”
RELEASE DATE: JULY 1ST, 2017
$160
Color: Black/White-University Red-Game Royal
Style Code: 921195-154

Air Jordan Trainer 2 Flyknit Offical Look

Jordan Brand wants you to train as hard as you hoop. That’s why we’ve seen the brand aggressively branch out into the world of trainers and lifestyle silhouettes in the past couple of years, as we’ve seen more and more Jumpman logos outside the realm of basketball. Today we get a first detailed look at the Jordan Trainer 2 Flyknit, a model inspired by Michael Jordan’s work ethic and legendary “breakfast club” workouts where the Chicago Bulls would meet before sunrise to put extra work in. The Jordan Trainer 2 Flyknit is the first model to ever use the woven textile, revamping the material to be more supportive and durable than ever. A midfoot strap adds lockdown support while Nike Zoom Air gives dynamic cushioning for any sport. Depending on the colorway, shades of Elephant Print hit the midfoot strap while a new key logo on the inner tongue gives you a metaphorical passport to the breakfast club. Check out more detailed shots below and grab your pair from select spots on July 1st for $140 USD.

JORDAN TRAINER 2 FLYKNIT
RELEASE DATE: JULY 1ST, 2017
$140
Color: Black/White
Style Code: 921210-010

Air Jordan XXX1 Low ‘Chicago Away’ Fiest Look

 

The Air Jordan XXX1 Low ‘Chicago Away’ will release alongside the ‘Chicago Home’ edition towards the end of June 2017.

This Air Jordan XXX1 almost has a ’Triple Red’ theme which is dressed in Gym Red and Action Red, however there is a bit of Chrome. Flyweave starts at the two while the heel features leather with a crocodile texture. Red runs throughout the entire shoes which includes the uppers, tongue, liner, midsole and outsole. Completing the look is Chrome that wraps the heel.

Air Jordan XXX1 Low Chicago Away Release Date

The Air Jordan XXX1 Low Chicago Away will release at select Jordan Brand retailers as well as online at Nike.com on June 30th, 2017 which is a Friday. Retail price is set at $160. Once we have more images, we will make sure to update you. Visit the comments section and let us know your thoughts on them.

Air Jordan XXX1 Low Chicago Away
Gym Red/Gym Red/Action Red-Chrome
June 30, 2017
$160
897564-601

NIKE LEBRON SOLDIER 11 PREMIUM PERFORMANCE REVIEW

When it comes to on-court performance, LeBron’s Soldier line holds its own when compared to his signature series. Does Nike’s latest entry, the LeBron Soldier 11, continue the line’s solid performance or does it concede the throne to the King’s latest signature model, the LeBron 14, as the go to LBJ sneaker on the hardwood? Only one way to find out….

Traction: Using a triangular pattern on the entire outsole, the traction on the LeBron Soldier 11 is surprisingly solid but not very consistent. The lateral forefoot is where the outsole is most responsive. You’re going to feel very comfortable doing step-backs, jab-steps, and v-cuts. However, on in-n-outs, crossovers, or any side to side move where you don’t have near perfect footwork the medial portion of the outsole starts to slip just a little bit. It isn’t a major problem but it does keep the Soldier 11 from reaching “elite” territory. As the shoe sits right now it’s a pretty solid option on virtually every court condition.

As far as outsole durability goes, the triangular nubs that Nike used on the LeBron Soldier 11 aren’t very durable — but the nubs featured in the center of the outsole are more durable than the ones on the edges. This should help extend the Soldier 11’s life outdoors but there are better options available (namely, the Dame 3 or Zoom Rev 2017).

Cushion: The LeBron Soldier 11 features Zoom Air in both the heel and forefoot. While it performs admirably, there really should be no excuse for not having full-length Zoom in every non-budget Nike Basketball model, especially when a name like LeBron James is attached to a sneaker.

The heel unit Nike used here is about 5.8mm bigger than the forefoot unit but you aren’t really going to know the difference. Both units provide about the same amount of responsiveness and impact protection. You’re going to feel the Zoom on your hard ladings and you’re going to feel the Zoom turn those hard landings into explosive take offs, but it just isn’t as smooth or explosive as it should be.

Full-length Zoom just makes everything better and when applied properly, it’s one of the most versatile setups money can buy. What’s used here is a decent setup that provides a good experience — it just would have been so much better with full-length Zoom.

Materials: Before we get into the materials, this review will be on the “premium” version of the LeBron Soldier 11. It features a suede overlay instead of the nylon mesh overlay that is featured in the “non-premium” colorways and trust me, you’re going to want to get a premium colorway.

I’m sure that the nylon mesh overlay that’s used on the “non-premium” colorways performs well, it’s just that the suede overlay is too nice to pass up and it actually reminds me of the way things used to be on sneakers. The more you use these the softer the materials will get and eventually they’ll end up conforming around your foot for a comfortable and enjoyable ride.

The rest of the upper is made of a soft mesh material that isn’t quite as comfortable as the suede portion of the upper but it does gives the Soldier 11s a nice modern touch. Overall, the materials Nike used here are extremely comfortable. While some may find them to be too soft, I thoroughly enjoyed what the Soldier 11s had to offer because they got more and more comfortable every time I strapped them up.

Fit: Like I mentioned in the pervious category, the materials on the LeBron Soldier 11 get softer the more you used them, almost to a fault. Straight out of the box you’re going to find that these shoes have an extremely snug but comfortable fit that really snaps to your foot. As time goes on the materials will soften up and eventually you will lose that air-tight fit and end up with a pillowy experience that feels just a bit soft.

After about 5-7 hours of use I found myself trying to tighten up the fit with the top strap but no matter how hard I pulled, the fit wasn’t the same as it was on day one. The good news is that the length of the Soldier 11s is true to size. There’s a little wiggle room in the toebox area that helps prevent to slams into the front of the shoe, despite the lack of lockdown in the ankle area. If you’re a wide footer, we recommend you try these on as the LeBron Soldier 11’s base isn’t very wide, especially in the forefoot. While the materials will conform around any foot shape, wide-footers may feel a little unstable due to the extremely narrow mid-foot.

Support: This is the first time that I’ve ever felt like a LeBron sneaker needed more support. Usually LBJ’s sneakers have too many support features and end up feeling either bulky or overpowering. This is to no fault of LeBron or Nike — they’re only trying to design a sneaker for someone who is a 6’8” demigod that requires way more support in his shoes than we mere mortals can handle — but the Soldier 11s seem to be holding back in this category. Besides a standard external heel cup and slight lateral outrigger on the outsole there aren’t that many support features incorporated into the design.

The relatively high collar is deceiving since there isn’t much structure in the collar area and it actually dips pretty low to provide a pseudo-low top feel, but what hurts the Soldier 11’s support system the most is the extremely narrow mid-foot. This narrow mid-foot will give you the feeling that you’re only standing on your heels and toes (if you’re a forefoot heavy player you’re most likely not going to notice this issue) but for the rest of us, this makes the Soldier 11s feel a little wobbly, especially on side to side movements. All in all, this has to be one of the most un-supportive LeBron models to date, but it isn’t terrible by any means. It’s the definition of a sixth man waiting: it does just enough, but it leaves you wanting more.

Overall: The Nike LeBron Soldier 11 is a very versatile sneaker. Any guard or slashing forward will find something that they like. It could be the responsive but slightly explosive cushion setup or it could be the soft comfortable materials. Whatever it may be, the Soldier 11s definitely favor quick and explosive players who are forefoot-heavy. If you’re a slow big who needs a ton of support and impact protection or a wide-footer who needs a lot of stability, we recommend you look somewhere else since the Soldier 11 is lacking for both.

For $130, or $140 for a premium pair, the LeBron Soldier 11 is a solid option both indoors and on the black top, yet it isn’t quite “elite.” Had Nike went all out on the cushioning and made it a little more stable, it would have easily been a top-tier performer. However, as the shoe sits right now it falls just short of a championship — by three games, to be exact.