These are great court shoes. I wore mine yesterday, and they performed extremely well...they completely blow away the XX as far as comfort and traction, the cushoning is very nice (I used the Zoom Air), and they held up very well. I played 3 very hard games and they still came out looking like they were lightly used.
If you are looking for a great basketball shoe, this is it. The price is astronimical for a pair of shoes that are only going to be used a few times (hell...im still breaking in my V.5s - and I am probably going to get the suedes), but if you can stomach the price...they are completely worth it.
FINALLY - Jordan Brand released a flagship model that the function equales the form. This shoe is the best looking AJ since the XIV, and the shroudless design really pushes it back to the true Air Jordan design. This is a court shoe, not a court casual shoe....so no lace covers are necessary.
For those of you that buy this shoe, and DO NOT use it to ball in, you are truely commiting a crime.
Thank you JB for finally listening to the people (for the most part - aka..$175), and releasing a BASKETBALL shoe.
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