All this nonsense about how can you play in these old shoes ... Yeah, a lot of it is marketing. MOST of it. That's ALWAYS been the case with shoes. People talking about breathability and a few ounces etc ... come on. I played ball HEAVILY for 15 straight years beginning in about 1989 and other than a few truly bad exceptions, the shoes were just fine. Frankly, the shoes today aren't THAT much different than they were back then other than being lighter and in some cases more springy. I still prefer Zoom over everything else despite some people hating it and thinking it causes injuries. Horses for courses. The people who go on about "OMFG how did anyone play in these" must be some serious babies with the softest feet. The only shoes I ever had a problem with were some Avia Spyders and the stupid convex outsole that made my feet ache in 1989. And the OG Zoom Flight 95--not because of the sole or weight, but because the ankle collars out of the box were so stiff, they rubbed my ankles raw. Then they broke in and that stopped. The rest of the time, we just played in them and had no issues. Kobe did a great job marketing millimeters and ounces, but let's be real. He dropped 81 in the Kobe 1s. He was fine, as we all were and still are Again, everyone is different. I love the Kobe 9s from a look/design standpoint, but I do not like how they feel in terms of cushion. I never played in them but they feel way too spongy to me even just walking in them casually. I feel slow and sluggish in that shoe. And it came out, what, four/five years ago? Like I said, everyone is different and has preferences. But acting like a Jordan 11 is from 1932 is dumb as ****.