Kyrie Irving got 38 points During Game 3 in Nike Kyrie 3 PE

Cavs went down 3-0 to a seemingly unstoppable Golden State Warriors team last night in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals, Kyrie Irving had a performance for the ages. Finishing at the rim unlike any other, with a handle that can only be rivaled by the likes Allen Iverson, Isaiah Thomas, or even Pistol Pete, Irving poured in 38 jaw dropping points in what could be considered his best Nike Kyrie 3 PE yet.

The shoe’s black and yellow two-tone aesthetic is extremely indicative of the times, given models like the newly re-released Air Jordan 1 “New Love.” Pops of University Red line the Swoosh branding while equally working the tongue branding.

AIR JORDAN ULTRA.FLY 2 PERFORMANCE REVIEW

You might remember the debut Jordan Ultra Fly as the head-turning almost alien-like model that an on-fire Jimmy Butler wore during the Bulls playoff push last season.This is the first Jordan Brand performance model I’ve bought in a long time that doesn’t make me feel like I was ripped off. Well, these and the Air Jordan XXXI Low. The Ultra.Fly 2 is a bit heavy with a suffocating fit, but if you give it enough playing time you’ll find that it performs well and breaks in very nicely.

Here we go :

Traction – I had a love/hate relationship with the traction. The pattern itself looks awesome, and it is — for the most part. However, dust collected quickly within the black portions of the outsole which resulted in an inconsistent feel at times. I’d be interested to see how much of a difference it would’ve made had the pattern been consistent throughout because the white sections gripped the floor without issue — dust or no dust. Again, it was mainly the black pods that needed regular on-court maintenance.

When things were gripping, the coverage was very close to being Hall of Fame level. When it wasn’t, it was frustrating. Outdoors, the outsole worked extremely well — a pleasant surprise. Will everyone experience what I experienced? I’m not sure. I can imagine the grip varying depending on the court condition; if you play on clean courts or outdoor surfaces then I wouldn’t worry too much. However, if your court needs to be refinished or is cleaned irregularly then you may be disappointed.

If I could have given the score half 6th Man and half Starting Five then I would have — I kept changing the score because the traction didn’t let me down regularly, which I feel is worthy of a Starting Five, but when it did let me down it was a huge let down.

Cushion – The Ultra.Fly 2 uses heel and forefoot Zoom Air. Yes, a shoe from Jordan Brand that retails for $125 features heel and forefoot cushion. Whoever has been holding onto the budget with an iron fist was either fired or has finally come to their senses. Welcome back to being part of the equation as far as value is concerned, Jordan Brand. It’s about damn time.

The Ultra.Fly 2 starts off feeling a bit heavy feeling underfoot. This is due to the fairly dense Phylon midsole used here. Despite being on the dense side, the foam did feel like it had some rebound once broken-in. This then allowed me to feel the Zoom Air that was installed within the forefoot of the shoe quite a bit.

On top of that, the tooling is rounded ever so slightly which caused the tooling to flex a bit with weight added — furthering the feeling of the Zoom located in the forefoot. Kyrie 2 and 3 — I’m giving you the People’s Eyebrow right now.

The heel Zoom unit is a poor excuse for Zoom Air as it’s one of those quarter-sized Hex Zoom units. However, it’s better than having nothing at all. As you can see from the image above, provided by FastPass.cn, the Hex unit is on the thicker side so not all is lost. When enough force is applied you can feel it and its doing what it’s supposed to — absorbing impact.

Would it have been better had it been the same size heel unit that was used in the Kyrie 3? Definitely. I’m just happy that Jordan Brand seems to be moving in the right direction again. Unless the next few models from Jordan Brand don’t feature heel cushion — then we’ll just chalk this model up as a fluke.

Materials – The upper of the Ultra.Fly 2 is an engineered knit that feels amazing on-foot. However, this is a one-piece construction upper so some might not enjoy the overall fit, but we’ll get into that in a bit. The knit used here on the stretchy side so lateral containment and support would greatly suffer had the designers not placed a TPU overlay on most of the shoe.

TPU overlays are not really my thing, but there are times when it’s done in a way where you don’t feel like you’re trying to play basketball in a rain boot. This is one of those times. I felt like I was wearing a knitted shoe but with the reinforcement of an upper constructed of TPU; it was a very nice blend between the two and it feel pretty well balanced. The materials function well, and they’re durable — only furthering the shoe’s overall value at its $125 price point.

Fit – The Jordan Ultra.Fly 2 runs true to size, but being a one-piece upper, they are not going to please everyone. Wide footers should try the shoe on before buying as the fit is a bit suffocating initially. Actually, the fit is always suffocating, but you get used to it.

Padding is abundant within the upper which makes the shoe feel comfortable despite it’s tight grasp to your feet. Once laced up you really aren’t going anywhere and I feel it’s one of the shoe’s better features once you’re adjusted.

The eyelets run all the way down to the footbed of the Ultra.Fly 2; they grab ahold of your foot and act like steel cables while the top eyelet draws your ankle and heel into the shoe to ensure they stays locked at all times.

Support – The support features one would expect to be in place are all here and accounted for. Lateral outrigger? Check. Dynamic lacing system? Check. Internal heel counter? Check.

A couple of features that set the Jordan Ultra.Fly 2 apart from the rest are the way the upper is constructed, allowing motion while still retaining the ability to properly contain and support during lateral movements, and the sculpted midsole. It looks like it’s just aesthetic but the way the midsole swoops up along the lateral midfoot and medial heel ensures that you and the footbed are one. It cradled my feet at all times and did not allow me to ever feel like I about to be ejected off of the shoe’s platform.

Overall – I’m really hoping the Jordan Ultra.Fly 2 isn’t a fluke and that this is just the beginning of Jordan Brand coming back to its senses. You can no longer get away with reducing tech and hiking up the prices on performance footwear. Not when every other brand is releasing shoes for under $150 that feature full-length cushion in addition to all the standard bells and whistles.

The Jordan Ultra.Fly 2 takes everything the original was and threw it away. Now this is a basketball shoe.

Air Jordan 4 Linen 487724-118 Release Date

The Air Jordan 4 ‘Linen’ will once again return to Jordan Brand retailers. Originally releasing back in 2006, we will once again see them drop as a kids exclusive during late Summer or early Fall 2017.

This Air Jordan 4 features a White, Boarder Blue and Light Sand color combination. Across the base is predominate White while constructed with tumbled leather. Following is Light Sand that accents the uppers. Finishing the look is Boarder Blue on the Jumpman branding.

Air Jordan 4 Linen Release Date

The Air Jordan 4 GS Linen will release at select Jordan Brand retailers on June 10th, 2017. Retail price will be $140. For now, continue to scroll below to check out more images which will give you a detailed look.

Air Jordan 4 GS Linen
White/Boarder Blue-Light Sand
June 10, 2017
$140
487724-118

PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Bordeaux release during Summer 2017

During Summer 2017, Jordan Brand and PSNY will debut the PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Collection. Included will be three colorways, one of them being the PSNY Air Jordan 12 ‘Bordeaux’ which will be a limited release.

This Air Jordan 12 by PSNY stays in the theme of things while constructed with premium nubuck across the uppers while covered in Bordeaux. Following is the PSNY branding on the tongues and Public School on the insoles. Completing the look is a White Jumpman on the sole that extends towards the toe.

PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Bordeaux Release Date

At the time of writing, a specific release date for the PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Bordeaux has yet to be announced. However they are expected to launch during Summer 2017. Retail price will be $300. Reports are also suggesting that they will release to a select region. Below you can check out more images which will give you a better look and make sure to visit us for updates.

Air Jordan 12 PSNY Bordeaux
Bordeaux/Bordeaux
Summer 2017
$300

Nike Kyrie 3 PE Yellow Black for Game 3 of the NBA Finals

With the NBA Finals continuing, Kyrie Irving is wearing a special Nike Kyrie 3 Game 3 PE. Once again Irving laces up another vibrant pair that is highlighted with a mixture of Black and Yellow.

As you can see, this Nike Kyrie 3 features Yellow across the base, part of the midsole and toe box. Following we have Black that lands on the heel, section of the midsole, overlays, tongue, liner and laces. Red outlines the Nike Swoosh while landing on the tongue branding. Other details include speckled detailing on the laces and a translucent outsole.

Below you can check out more images of the Nike Kyrie 3 Game 3 PE worn by Kyrie Irving during the 2017 NBA Finals. Let us know your thoughts on them in the comments section below and if you think Nike Basketball should release them.

PS:James shook off a knee-buckling blow to the chin while scoring 39 and Kyrie Irving added 38 for the Cavs, who took a 113-107 lead with 3:09 left on J.R. Smith’s 3-pointe

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Premium Essentials ‘Sail’ First Look

If you ‘re yet not got one pair of Air Jordan 1 this year , now there have a chance to got one new .  Launching towards the end of June is the Air Jordan 1 Premium Essentials ‘Sail’ which will debut alongside the ’Triple Black’ edition.

This Air Jordan 1 is highlighted with a Sail and University Red color combination. Constructed with a mixture of smooth and tumbled leather throughout while perforations land on the toe box and the Wings branding by the collar is debossed. Having a predominate Sail takeover, University Red is used to fill in the Nike Air branding on the tongue and covers the insoles.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG

Sail/University Red
June 20, 2017
$160
555088-114

Nike Air Max 97 ‘Triple Black’ Releasing in This Fall

Nike Sportswear will continue to release new color options of the Nike Air Max 97 through Fall. If you’re yet to score traditional colorways of the Nike Air Max 97 this year, your hopes should remain high given Nike’s plans to push the 20th anniversary silhouette throughout the remainder of the year. Today, we take a first look at a forthcoming “Triple Black” colorway.

While both black and anthracite shades appear present, the shoe maintains noir centric with premium leather construction and 3M reflective paneling. Visible Air remains the focal point of the Nike Air Max 97 “Triple Black” edition, which according to retailer Inflammable, is due in stores this November. Take a closer look below and let us know if you plan to cop a pair.

Nike Air Max 97 “Triple Black”

Colorway: Black/Black-Black
Style #:918356-002
Price: $160

Two upcoming adidas Tubular Rise colorways is Releasing

 

So far we have a preview of two upcoming adidas Tubular Rise colorways. One comes dressed in Core Black and Off-White while the second features White and Off-White. Both are constructed with a knit upper while leather lands on the vamp and suede on the mid-foot cage overlay. Other details include a textile bootie, elastic on the heel and EVA outsole.

 

The adidas Tubular Rise has yet to be announced however they are expected at select adidas Originals retailers during July 2017. Once we have more information, we will make sure to update you. Below you can see more images of the two colorways which will give you a closer look and make sure to check back with us.

adidas Tubular Rise
Core Black/Off-White
July 2017
BY3554

 

adidas Tubular Rise
White/Off-White
July 2017
BY3555

Nike Air Foamposite Pro Island Green Release Date

The Nike Air Foamposite Pro Island Green is scheduled to release at select Nike Sportswear retailers during July 2017. Retail price is set at $230.

The Nike Air Foamposite Pro ‘Island Green’ furthers the releases from Nike Sportswear celebrating the 20th Anniversary. If this Nike Air Foamposite Pro looks familiar, it’s because it resembles that of the ‘Electric Blue’ release which launched in 2011.

Dressed in an Island Green and Metallic Platinum color combination. This Nike Air Foamposite Pro features Island Green across the Foamposite shell which looks Aqua in hue. Metallic Platinum is then applied to the Nike Swoosh while Black runs across the eyestays, tongue and liner. Finishing the look is an icy translucent outsole.

Nike Air Foamposite Pro
Island Green/Metallic Platinum
July 2017
$230
624041-303

Nike Kyrie 3 “Black Ice” Releaseing soon

Kyrie Irving and his Cleveland Cavaliers  down 2-0 in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors. Now, with a pivotal Game 3 at home, Irving aims for a better performance than his outing in Game 2 in hopes to retain homecourt.

As we continue to showcase upcoming Nike Kyrie 3 releases, the latest is the Nike Kyrie 3 ‘Black Ice’. White is a follow up to the recently release ‘White Chrome’ edition.

This upcoming “Black Ice” colorway is due in stores on June 15, with a predominately black upper, white midsole and icy outer.

Nike Kyrie 3 “Black Ice”

Colorway: Black/White
Style #: 852395-009
Release Date: June 15, 2017
Price: $120

Take an official look below and share your thoughts.

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