Originally Posted by Vince23heat
Is everything on the EXT version the same except a leather upper? How soft is the leather upper?
Haven't hooped in the X or XI yet but I might be able to grab some EXT's for cheap.
The leather upper on the EXTs are kind of stiff. They also fit like a half size larger. It may be because they're just not as padded as the regular models. There may be some heel slippage as well because theres really no padding around the ankle or achilles.
I thought about doing the same thing but I didn't think it was worth it. The leather just isn't that nice.
One shoe I MAY consider balling in, that wasn't originally made for performance, is the Zoom Kobe Icon. They have a 90s feeling zipper shroud, padded upper with Kobe 6 outsole. They're also really light comfortable and pretty cheap. The only thing they're missing is a heel cup, so again —there might be some heel slippage.