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.

Under Armour ArchiTech Futurist Sneaker Releases tomorrow

Under Armour just unveiled their 3D printed sneaker, the Under Armour ArchiTech Futurist. Under Armour is calling the model a super hybrid training sneaker which features a 3D printed midsole and outsole.

Looking closer, you can tell that they have a futuristic design, but that’s also labeled in the name. The uppers feature the Under Armour Speedform technology while a zip-up shroud covers the lacing system. Like mentioned, the midsole and sole was created by using 3-D printing technology.

Under Armour ArchiTech Futurist 3-D Release Date

The Under Armour ArchiTech Futurist is scheduled to release on June 20th, 2017 in limited quantities exclusively at Concepts Cambridge location as well as online. They will be available on a first come, first served basis. Retail price is set at $300. Below you can check out more images which will give you a closer look.

Under Armour ArchiTech Futurist
June 20, 2017
$300

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

Jordan Brand is building upon their Premium Essentials series with the Air Jordan 1. 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 Premium Essentials Sail Release Date

The Air Jordan 1 High OG Premium Essentials Sail is scheduled to release at select Jordan Brand retailers including online at Nike.com on June 20th, 2017. Retail price will be $160. Below you can check out more images which will give you better look. Make sure to visit the comments section with your thoughts on them and if you plan on buying.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG
Sail/University Red
June 20, 2017
$160
555088-114

PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Collection Releasing on June 28th

The PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Collection will release on June 28th, 2017. Included is three new colorways which includes Wheat, Bordeaux and Olive.

All three of the Air Jordan 12s by Public School New York are constructed with a premium nubuck upper. In addition, each will feature PSNY branding on the tongue and insoles. The respective color used covers the entire shoes while also landing on the midsole and outsole. Finishing the look we have a Public School hangtag.

PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Release Date

The Air Jordan 12 PSNY Collection will release at select Jordan Brand retailers on June 28th, 2017. So far we have confirmation that the collection will be available via Nike SNKRS in NYC, Paris and Milan. Retail price will be $300. Below you can check out a few additional preview images which will show you the entire collection.

PSNY x Air Jordan 12
June 28, 2017
$300

Nike Air Foamposite One PRM ‘Abalone’ Releasing in 2018

The Nike Air Foamposite One ‘Abalone’ is a premium release from Nike Sportswear. Furthering the exotic releases, this Nike Air Foamposite One will release during Spring 2018.
Abalone is defined as a sea snail. Iridescent is seen on the inside of the shell of the Red Abalone that is found in California. Take note that the 2018 All-Star Game is being held in Los Angeles, meaning this Nike Foamposite could be the 2018 All-Star release (not confirmed).

This Nike Air Foamposite One is highlighted with an iridescent Foamposite shell that features Abalone shells. Following we have a light shade of Blue on the Nike Swoosh by the toe, Penny branding on the tongue and heel which will be anodized. Black covers the eyestays, around the collar, tongue, laces and carbon fiber plate. Completing the look is the same shade of Blue across the translucent outsole.

Nike Air Foamposite One Abalone Release Date

The Nike Air Foamposite One Abalone will release at select Nike Sportswear retailers during Spring 2018. Although not confirmed, it’s rumored to be apart of the 2018 All-Star Collection. Since this is a Premium model, retail price is set at $250. Once we have more information and images, we will make sure to update you.

Nike Air Foamposite One PRM Abalone
Spring 2018
$250
575420-009

Air Jordan 9 ‘Baseball Glove’ Featuring Brown Leather First Look

 

The Air Jordan 9 Brown Leather Baseball Glove is apart of a new pack from Jordan Brand which will release alongside the Black edition. Michael Jordan had a short stint in baseball playing for the Birmingham Barons and the Brand continues to pay homage to his legacy in the sport.

This Air Jordan 9 is similar to that of the previous baseball inspired release which will feature the number 45 on the heel, woven lacing on the panels and heel just like a baseball glove and raw finished laces. Making this pair different is Brown leather used across the uppers. Completing the look is a White midsole.

Here is where things get interesting. Rumor has it that each pair you purchase will be wrapped in plastic, similar to that of baseball cards. You won’t know which pair you will get until you actually open the packaging. This could also lead to be trading just like back in the days with baseball cards.

Below you can check out another image of the Brown Leather Air Jordan 9 Baseball Glove. At the time of writing, release information nor a retail price is available. Once we learn of additional information, we will make sure to update you. Make sure to visit the comments section with your thoughts on this model as well as the idea.

Air Jordan 5 ‘Blue Suede’ is Releasing soon

 

The Air Jordan 5 ‘Blue Suede’ is apart of Jordan Brand’s Fall 2017 offerings and will release during September. Apart of the ‘Fire and Ice’ Pack which joins the Air Jordan 5 Red Suede.

This Air Jordan 5 comes dressed in a Game Royal and Black color combination. Across the uppers is predominate Blue while constructed with suede. Black accents will be hinted on the midsole and liner. Other details include 3M on the tongue and a translucent outsole.

Air Jordan 5 Blue Suede Release Date

The ‘Blue Suede’ Air Jordan 5 is set to release at select Jordan Brand retailers on September 30th, 2017. Retail price will be $190. Like always, make sure to check back with us for details.

Below you can check out a few more images of the Air Jordan 5 ‘Blue Suede’. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Air Jordan 5 Blue Suede
Game Royal/Black
September 30, 2017
$190
136021-401

Air Jordan 4 “US Super Nintendo” Custom Shows Love to NBA Jam

If you watched the 2017 NBA Playoffs then you know the Golden State Warriors achieved team fire on many an occasion. Nearly sweeping the field, the Air Jordan 4 “US Super Nintendo” Custom pays homage to the Bay Area hoop squad with a vintage NBA Jam aesthetic and a bit of irony.

Tongue tagging sees trophy accolades on the left, but also features a screenshot that reads ‘Cleveland Wins!’ Maybe made before Monday? Hard to call, but awesome either way.

JORDAN CP3.VI AE PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Still one of the best Guard shoes available

Traction – If I trust a shoe enough to wear it during league games then traction is A+. There are only a few shoes that have good enough traction to be worn on that floor and the CP3.VI & CP3.VI AE are two of them.

Cushion – The cushion hasn’t changed. It’s still minimal and consistent. Perfect for Guard play or if you just like the way they feel in general. Remember, when we (reviewers) make suggestions… they are just that. It’s up to you to know what your preferences are and we just kind of help you know what you are looking at when it comes to a sneakers performance attributes.

For those who did not know, Podulon is a dual density foam setup. Lightweight Phylon along with a Cushlon insert are in place which give you a soft cushioned ride where you need it and a bit of firmness where needed as well. It is less responsive than Lunarlon – only slightly – and Zoom Air but it will last you longer than Lunarlon due to the rubber added within the foam mixture when being produced.

Material – The Fuse used on the original CP3.VI was thin enough to be flexible but this setup enhances that with the use of overlay panels and mesh. For some, Fuse is annoying as it could pinch or refuse to stretch – since its plastic – so that is where a premium synthetic will come in. It just feels a little nicer so if you are a player that enjoys leathers and nubuck then the AE will be the way to go. If you wanted to stick with an upper that is easy to clean and durable then go with the original model.

Fit – They fit true to size and the shoe still fits like a glove. Last time around I was unable to achieve secure heel lockdown and this time around the experience was much different. The shoe fit perfectly – for me – from heel to forefoot and that was the greatest improvement overall.

Ventilation – Air flow is just slightly better than the original but still nothing to write home about. I personally didn’t notice the any ventilation issues while wearing them on-court and realistically, you can only tell that you are missing out when you switch to something more ventilated like the Nike Zoom Hyperdisruptor; seen in the image above.

Support – The arch and torsional support remain unchanged but the uppers support is greater to the increased lockdown from the heel. Since your heel won’t be popping out the shoe anytime soon, you can make your moves with confidence as your foot is kept secure and stable within the shoe.

Overall – The Jordan CP3.VI was my personal top pick for Guards in 2012… at this point in time… I still feel it is one of the best Guard oriented shoes available. Yes, the Air Jordan XX8 might be the “better” of the two when directly comparing certain aspects but overall, you get exactly what you pay for with the CP3.VI AE; a solid performer with substantial traction and fit all sitting on a low to the ground platform. Just what a Guard might ask for.