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    Nike LeBron 12: Kicksologists Staff Thoughts

    September 22nd, 2014

    The Nike LeBron 12 release event took place earlier this week at the Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon revealing LeBron James 12th signature shoe. The LeBron 12s looks to build off of its highly successful predecessor the LeBron 11 by re-introducing Hyperposite technology seen on the previous model and adding a Megafuse upper along with a new revolutionary Zoom Air cushioning system.

    The newest installment to LeBron’s signature line is the first Nike sneaker to incorporate numerous hexagonal Zoom Air Bags. Nike hopes to enhance responsiveness yet providing a more natural motion for the foot. LeBron clearly stated that this new incorporated technology was his favorite part of the shoe aside from having his name on his shoes. The hexagonal Zoom Air Bags are designed and engineered from the pressure mapping of the foot to be meticulously placed underneath different areas of the foot. This allows for comfortable landing upon impact protection and more responsiveness for different areas of the foot. Instead of using traditional foam, the new pattern uses a unique combination of pressurized air and fibers, where in each air bag contains thousands of fibers. The fibers are under high tension allowing for more responsiveness under impact.

    In addition, to the hexagonal Zoom Air Bags, Nike has also introduced Megafuse with the LeBron 12. Similar to Hyperfuse, it is a thick one piece construction throughout the entire upper which is extremely durable and able to adapt to different foot shapes. Megafuse on the LeBron 12 is seen to have a fabric layer over it for enhanced protection in certain areas. On top of the megafuse, Nike has brought back the Hyperposite from the LeBron 11 for support and stability purposes.


    The Nike LeBron 12 seems to be receiving mixed reviews based upon first images leaked onto the internet, let’s see what a few members of the Kicksologists staff have to say about the sneaker:


    Reece Chau:

    Personally, I do like the shoe. Like last year’s model, this silhouette has a futuristic look, which is unique and it seems to be packed with the highest level of Nike Tech. The new cushioning system looks dope and seems to be really responsive. In addition, the hexagonal Zoom Air Bags allows for better flexibility and natural motion so they say. I want to emphasize and mention this is what the previous LeBron models lacked. Also this year’s model looks slimmer so hopefully it will be a lighter shoe. If this is true, throw in cushioning with great responsiveness and good traction and these will be a must cop especially that Lion Heart colorway.


    Jefferson Santos:

    The Lebron 12 is a performance shoe so first and foremost, I can’t wait to try it on court. To be honest, the aesthetics isn’t the most appealing, but I’m sure it’ll perform a lot better than the Lebron 11. The Lebron 11 didn’t meet my expectations at all for the hardwood so my hopes are high for the 12. I’m really looking forward to the cushioning system as it is sort of a new take on Nike Zoom which is by far my favorite Nike cushion system. I also really want to feel how the upper flexes with the foot. The inner bootie is a nice add on since it is a first for the Lebron series. It’s going to be interesting this year to see how the consumer responds to the new look and to see if Lebron James actually loves the shoe.  He loved the Lebron 9 and 10 quite a lot so I’m curious to see where the 12 will rank.


    Roy Chen:

    My initial thoughts on the the LeBron 12s are that the silhouette of the shoes looks dope, but the actual detailing of the sneaker looks too techy. For instance the heel panel has a claw like exoskeleton but it takes away from the sleekness the sneaker can possess. I liked the sleekness that the 11s provided although they too looked techy .There are just too many Flywire and cut patterns for me on these kicks. Another thing that I disliked was the colorful hexagonal outsole, I’m sure the color choice was probably due to LeBron’s infatuation for Fruity Pebbles cereal but it doesn’t work for every color. I’m hoping they only put those in to show the detailing of the hexagonal traction temporarily because I do believe that the traction on the shoes will be great for better responsiveness. If I had to choose one of the colors that have been revealed so far it would have to be the “Trillion Dollar Man”.


    Nike has set to release seven different colorways in the upcoming 3 months for a retail price of $200. The first colorway, the NSRL (Teal, Multicolor colorway) will be the first to hit shelves on October the 1st in China and October 11th worldwide.


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    Jordan Melo M10 Performance Review

    September 11th, 2014

    With this year being Carmelo Anthony’s 10th year with Jordan brand, Tinker Hatfield decided to put out a performance beast to cater to one of the NBA’s most prolific scorers in the game today. The Jordan Melo M10 resembles the Jordan XX8 and XX8 SE but provides premium quality materials and a sturdier ride. Check out my review below for the full insight on the sneaker!

    Jordan Brand: Melo M11 Event


    To make this quick and short, the traction was phenomenal. Like the Jordan XX8 and the XX8 SE, the Melo M10 uses the same traction pattern with the two-part outsole allowing for a more natural motion. The grooves were extremely pliable and aggressive. Composed of soft rubber, it enabled itself to grip the floor on all court conditions. I played with this shoe on recreational floors, clean floors and outdoors and had no signs of slipping whatsoever.  In my opinion, the Nike Kobe 9 Elite and the Jordan Melo M10 have the best traction nowadays.



    The Jordan Melo M10 uses the flight plate technology, which is the same cushioning set up as the Jordan XX8, XX8 SE and Jordan Superfly 2. For those who have balled in the XX8 or the XX8 SE’s, you will know that the cushioning set up is one of the best in the market and probably the most responsive too. Despite the same cushioning set-up, the Melo M10 doesn’t provide the same bouncy feeling that would be felt with the XX8s and the Superfly 2’s, however they are not bad whatsoever. They are quite stiff at first and they do require a heavy break in time but once broken in, you feel the responsiveness of the unlocked zoom. The only downside of the cushioning set up is that if you ball in these shoes or the XX8’s or the SE’s outdoors, the traction will burn and you might be at risk of popping the air bag or shifting it from it’s cage. As long as you stick to hooping indoors with these, the cushioning will be fantastic and will hold up fine.





    Lockdown was another category, which was awesome in my opinion. For me the lockdown was great to three reasons: the heel cup, the heel notches and the adaptability of the upper. The extended TPU heel cup keeps the heel locked down into the foot bed and provides stability for lateral movements. In addition to the external heel cup there are internal heel notches, which secure the ankle even more to the foot bed; so that was a great addition from Jordan brand. They were also nicely padded providing great comfort for my Achilles. The upper on the Melo M10 is usually composed of a Durabuck material with individual fingers where the lace eyelets are providing for great lockdown in the mid foot but still allowing flexibility. The upper is quite stiff but again I reiterate the break in time it will really help conform to the foot. This was another feature that I really enjoyed but the solid break in the upper is why they didn’t receive a perfect score.



    Heel-to-Toe Transition:

    Heel-to-Toe Transition goes alongside the cushioning set-up. Pretty simple. Once the cushion was broken in, the ride was exceptional. The impact protection from the heel zoom unit and the responsiveness of the unlocked zoom in the front was an amazing experience. The shoes were extremely comfortable and moved really well with my feet.


    Support on this shoe was fantastic. When you first get these in your hands; you can tell that they are an extremely sturdy shoe. I automatically knew support was going to be great in these. After playing in them, my foot was contained so well I was very impressed. The back of the shoe has a large plastic TPU heel cup which wraps around the heel keeping the foot locked into place and helped secure lateral movements. The mid foot is part of the whole flight plate system so there is a TPU plate separating the forefoot and heel. It provides a shank plate for the shoe which helps arch support. The flight plate system worked phenomenally in allowing the foot to move in its natural motion but providing excellent torsional support. Additionally on the outsole, the Melo M10 features extended rubber outriggers to help provide protection for lateral movements and it also has a TPU piece on the outrigger to cage the fore foot and not let it slide. Lastly, the entire upper fits so well with the Dynamic Fit Systems acting like fingers around the foot. The ankle cushion was also extremely sturdy and well cushioned. Support in this shoe was another category where the Melo M10 excels.




    If you like premium quality materials, this shoe will do it just for you. The outsole is composed of a soft yet sticky rubber, which will last you ages indoors. Outdoors I would not recommend it especially since if you burn through the rubber, which is inevitable through time, it will hit the unlocked air bag in the fore foot. These can be used outdoors as seen in my performance video but I would not recommend it just for the longevity of the product. The midsole is composed of stiff Phylon foam but once broken in it works marvelously. The whole upper is created from thick Durabuck material, which is very durable for basketball but does require a longer break in period, which might be a downside for some people. The heel is secured with a large external heel cup composed of TPU so durability of this shoe was on point. Once you have these in hand you will feel the materials are premium and this should be how all Jordans should be made.



    Overall: A-

    The Melo M10 is a ridiculous shoe on court. Personally I think it is an underrated sneaker and people are sleeping on it. It provides phenomenal traction, outstanding support and durability and an excellent cushioning system once broken in. Just a quick touch on the ventilation, this was the only area, which scored poorly. The upper has perforations along the Medial and Lateral side but this is covered with an interior booty, which is an extremely thick neoprene material. This material absorbs the sweat rather than exposing it hence ventilation in this shoe was pretty much nonexistent. Airflow in the shoe doesn’t affect me much so I was not bothered but for some people this is a big deal. In summation, the quality of the materials is also on point and these are a beefier version of the XX8 SE for those who loved playing in those. These are in my top 3 rotation for on court purposes, I simply love this shoe.


    Additional Information:

    Designed by: Tinker Hatfield

    Best for: All players (catered for heavier players)

    Colorway tested: Black/Anthracite/Gym Red

    Key Technology: Flight Plate technology, Unlocked Zoom Bag, Dynamic Fit System

    Pros: Premium materials, Excellent traction, Extremely responsive, Abundant support, Durable

    Buying advice: Definitely try on in store and wouldn’t recommend playing outdoors

    Jordan Melo M10 Performance Review
    Heel-to-Toe Transition9
    • Premium Materials
    • Excellent Traction
    • Extremely Responsive
    • Poor Ventilation
    9.3Overall Score


    Jason Markk Premium Shoe Cleaner Review |

    August 11th, 2014

    Nothing beats buying a fresh pair of new kicks until… you get them dirty. There are tons of ways to clean your kicks using domestic products or just the simple hot water and toothbrush trick. Recently however, a lot of shoe cleaning products are getting big in the market such as Jason Markk, Reshoevn8er, Magic Clean Eraser or  Mr. Clean sponges just to name a few. Recently, I managed to get my hands on the highly regarded Jason Markk product and put the shoe cleaner to work on some Roshes.

    When you first buy the product, it comes in a neat package containing the Jason Markk Shoe cleaning liquid and a brush. The liquid can clean up to 100 pairs of shoes and the package is priced at $16 in the US, £16 in England and €20 if you’re in Europe so definitely very affordable. The package is easily transportable and convenient to pack so you can take it everywhere with you and keep your shoes looking fresh during your travels.

    Using Jason Markk was really simple. You do need a few things beside you when cleaning such as an old rag to wipe the shoe clean, a bowl of water to dip the brush in and of course the Jason Markk product. To start off, you just need to apply a few drops of the Jason Markk on the brush then dip the brush in the bowl of water… then get scrubbing! Almost immediately the shoe should start foaming and you can immediately see dirt coming off. The great thing about the Jason Markk liquid is that is can be applied on all materials and will do the job at cleaning plus it smells great as well, leaving your shoes looking brand new! One tip though if you are cleaning suede, it is recommended you use a softer more delicate brush not to ruin the material since the brush it comes with is quite tough.

    Of course depending on how dirty your shoe is, it is up to you to decide on how much of the Jason Markk to use and how many times you want to get scrubbing but guaranteed your shoes will look pristine condition afterwards. Overall, this is a fantastic product and at it’s price point, you really can’t go wrong!

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    First Impression: Air Jordan Future |

    July 13th, 2014

    Striking a balance between the old and new, the Jordan Future bridges the gap between Jordan retros and new contemporary lifestyle sneakers providing one of 2014’s hottest silhouettes.


    The Jordan Future is a very minimal shoe with a real sleek design having people go crazy for it since it is so versatile. The midsole is the iconic Jordan 11 midsole with the predominantly translucent outsole with the two segments of traditional herringbone. The cushioning set up is full length Air just like the Jordan 11 providing excellent comfort.


    Moving onto the upper, the upper is composed of a tight knit woven material, which is relatively thick compared to something like the Roshe Run. It definitely feels like a premium quality sock to be honest as their is no structure. The tongue and lacing system isn’t your traditional linear tongue but is off-sided leaning towards the medial side providing a new design yet very clean in my opinion. The laces are string laces with gold tips, which provide a nice aesthetic touch to match the small jumpman logo stitched onto the tongue.


    The inner liner of the sneaker is composed of a Nylon material, which is extremely comfortable and allows for the shoe to  be worn with or without socks making it an excellent option for the summer. There is no heel counter so be sure to try these on since you might feel some heel slippage. If you go true to size, they should be no problem since the overall fit is excellent and the midfoot is very snug.


    Overall, the Jordan Future is a very simple shoe but very stylish and versatile. The silhouette of the Jordan Future can be dressed up and down with shorts, jeans and joggers and with or without socks and definitely a great look for summer. These are available now at your select Jordan brand retailers and Footlocker for $150 but they are selling out fast in almost every colourway. Jordan brand has released new images of a new 3M Jordan Future pack they intend to release in the near future. I highly recommend the Jordan Future for a clean, comfortable off court look. For those of you who are thinking of hooping in these, definitely not a good option as there is no structure whatsoever. It honestly feels like a premium quality Roshe with a jumpman logo.

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    First Impression: The Nike KD VII

    July 5th, 2014

    It’s been a great year for Kevin Durant, winning the MVP and the NBA scoring title all in one season. This season he has been an absolute beast offensively and he did so playing in the Nike KD VI. However, his team fell short of making the NBA Finals, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that  Nike KD VI was a solid performer for Durant and that it was one of the more popular options for NBA players this past season. Now, the 7th installment of Durant’s signature line released last week and it seems to be receiving a lot of attention. Upon first impression, I must say I am very content with Durant’s latest sneaker.



    The traction pattern on this year’s model again uses a story telling traction pattern using denser type of rubber much thicker and durable than its predecessor. The rubber composite itself is not your squeaky, pliable traction patterns as used on the Kobe 9 models and the Air Jordan XX8, however, from first impression these look to hold up well on most court conditions. The grooves are very deep and well spread out so dust will hopefully not get clustered within the gaps and the pattern is aggressive so it will grip the floor when making swift and agile moves. The rubber itself is quite durable so these can definitely be used outside and you won’t have the outsole burn out as you would with some softer outsoles. These should perform similar to the Nike KD V since the rubber composite is almost the same, which should be a good look since the KD V was a fantastic on court performer.



    This year’s model, Nike Kitchen decided to scrap away the heel Air Max unit and implement Zoom Max in the heel instead as seen on the Nike LeBron X a few years ago and the recent Nike KD VI Elite. This is similar to Air Max, however is provides more impact protection channelling the energy from impact to responsiveness since the unit is verybouncy and responsive. The forefront of the shoe uses an encapsulated Zoom Air as seen on previous KD models, which will do the job providing forefoot responsiveness and court feel. Upon first try, the KD 7’s definitely feel really good on feet but will need a solid break in time to fully enjoy the entire shoe. Cushioning seems to be an upgrade from last year’s model and responsiveness is definitely there since some people were complaining about the responsiveness of the Zoom bag on last year’s KD VI, saying it was inexistent.

    Heel-to-Toe Transition:

    I haven’t hooped in these yet but the materials on the shoe are extremely sturdy, which inevitably affects the flexibility of the shoe. First, the outsole itself isn’t very flexible since the rubber is quite dense and the back of the shoe is composed entirely of Hyperposite, which needs a solid break in time so the shoe starts off a little clunky. I’m hoping these break in during gameplay but from first impression I don’t think the heel-to-toe transition will feel as natural as some other models out there.



    This was one issue I am quite worried about with the sneaker itself. The forefoot of the Nike KD 7 is exactly the same as the Nike Hyperrev with the mesh toebox and dynamic flywire. Over break in time the mesh will conform to the forefoot so this part I’m not worried about and with the thick plastic strap it will help provide more security in the midfoot well.  The midfoot strap, however, in my honest opinion it doesn’t secure the foot as much as I’d like it to since I did feel heel slippage. The Hyperposite in the heel is very stiff and I felt my heel slip out after lacing these tight. I’m hoping after break in time the Hyperposite will conform to the back of my foot but heel lockdown could be a major issue. The design of the KD 7 is awesome but the strap isn’t that helpful I find. If the strap were to be placed higher up on the midfoot extending round to the side of the ankle as seen in the Nike KD 4 and the recent LeBron Soldier series lockdown would be A1. Moving away from lockdown, fit is true to size. I wear a US10 and these fit perfectly fine length wise and width wise and for wide footed players these will be forgiving too as forefoot mesh and dynamic flywire is capable for adjusting to different foot sizes. Fit was pretty solid but I’m concerned about the heel lockdown. If the heel isn’t locked down then the foot is more exposed to injury since it isn’t stable within the shoe making this shoe trash otherwise.



    From first wear this shoe is extremely sturdy. The outsole is very sturdy and doesn’t feel unstable when planting the foot on the ground. The heel is made of an extremely stiff  Hyperposite known for its lightweight, supportive attributes. However, like I said before, if the heel lockdown isn’t there the Hyperposite will be useless since the foot will be moving in and out of the shoe. If the Hyperposite moulds to the foot then this could be one of the most stable, supportive midtops. Aside from the Hyperposite the midfoot is quite secure with the mesh, flywire and strap able to conform to foot shapes. Underneath the foot, Leo Chang and his group took a different approach. The KD line usually never incorporates a midfoot support shank however in this model they have a newly designed support system instead of it being a TPU plate but individual strands of TPU to resemble the arch of the foot and to help provide natural motion. I don’t know whether this is a gimmick or not but it feels stable and aesthetically looks great too.



    Looking at the durability of the shoe, if the Flywire doesn’t rip these should hold up ages. The back of the shoe is very very stable with the Hyperposite material I can’t stress that enough. The outsole is composed of a thick durable rubber and the plastic midfoot strap is a thick plastic rubber material as well. My only concern with durability is the mesh in the forefoot and the exposed dynamic flywire. The Nike Hyperrev is known for its durability issues and the forefront of this shoe is exactly the same design. If the exposed Dynamic Flywire rips, then the shoe is done for as the laces won’t even be able to lace up. Hopefully this does not happen.


    Ventilation in the shoe is apparent but not balanced throughout the shoe if that makes sense. The forefront of the shoe is created of the same mesh seen on the Hyperrev and upon first try, I could feel the airflow between my toes. From the midfoot back of the shoe, the airflow was inexistent. the tongue is well padded with some ventilation panels between the lace eyelets. These are however, covered by the strap. The heelcup is an entire Hyperposite back so there are no ventilation holes apparent. This hopefully should be a good thing since I feel Hyperposite needs more heat and moisture from the foot to break in easier and conform to the foot shape. If ventilation holes are apparent there then it could hinder that experience. Overall ventilation was alright but only evident in the forefoot. I myself am not big on ventilation but there definitely is airflow in the shoe.

    Final Thoughts:

    These shoes are beautiful aesthetically. I have never really been a huge fan of the KD silhouettes but this one really got me out of my seat. The materials used definitely are premium quality and are worth the $20 price jump. These will also hold up for outdoor play but heel lockdown is my major concern. If these break in like I hope they will and the lockdown improves, these will definitely be a solid performer, otherwise these could be trash. I would recommend trying them on in store and see if you they fit you well.


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