Just wondering, and this probably goes to @bigj505, since he brings this up more often, but what's the big difference in foam molds that seems to raise hackles? Wouldn't there be different molds for each size to begin with? Couldn't, say the size 12 mold be slightly different than a sz 10 mold? And when did the molds 'change'?
Just need a bit o' schoolin so I can see for myself what the complaints are about.
If I were home I would get you better pictures of what we talk about when we speak on how the molds have become worse as of lately than the "golden days".
This is a picture of a pair of my 2009 eggplants (right) next to the 2010 eggplants (left). The exact same shoe basically only a year apart. Difference being is that the 2009 pairs back then were made in Taiwan and the 2010 was made in China. Now Im not going to get into details as they are self explanatory. As you can see the difference in the "ribs", it is very different. Also the color of the 2 pairs are different, the 09s are much more pearl like and pop MUCH more.
These are my 97, 07, and 2010 Royals in that order. Like I said, if I were at home I would get you better pictures, the "ribs" are close, but obviously the 97 is very defined. But also take in account the cut around the heel and also shape. I have worn and do wear all of these. But look at the shape of the 97 and 07. The 97 has that nice coke bottle look lol. The 97 is pretty good, but look at the 2010. It just looks very thick. Not much curve. Also notice the Penny logo itself, the 97 is very bold, it gets worse as the years pass on. Look how far the cut of the heel comes down onto the polite as well.
If you look at a picture of the side of the original (97) foamposites, you will notice that on the side of the shoe right under your ankle, there are 2 flat spots on 2 of the ribs. This was going to be used to have NIKE pressed into the shoe like on the wear/test sample shoe back in 96/97. For some reason they scrapped that idea but the mold had already been made and the molds are not cheap. But I am pretty sure that the factory that made the first foaposites caught no fire or something and the original molds were lost. At least thats what has been going around in the foam community.
To the average/casual person who has a pair or two of foamposites, who cares? Well for the guys who have been into foamposites since Jordans started to retro a lot, we were paying 180-200 for them. Now we are paying 235-250 each release and they're only getting worse. This is why this subject keeps coming up, especially in this thread. Hope this helped you understand a little more
If I can get lucky and get a pair of mirrors for retail I won't complain.
Edited by CoOrdinate - 5/28/15 at 9:58pm