First a little story: Was on vacation when i first saw these and i had no idea they were supposed to be released yet (i expected a fall release) It was my 2nd day at the West Edmonton Mall and i went into champs to check the price of some Brazil 95's that i had seen the day before. After seeing the 209 price tag i said ' @#%$ that. ' and while turning to leave i saw the shoe and i actually made some sort of wierd noise along the lines of "Wooaoaoahfhf." i bought them immediately after trying them on (and another pair a couple of days later at the Chinook Center in Calgary) I've only got two light runs in them so far but here are my impressions. Comfort. 9/10 Very good. Not overly plush or cushioned inside the shoe but simple and clean with a traditional tougue. My feet never felt overly hot or over restricted in the shoe. I did however experience a fair bit of chaffing against my pinky toe on my left foot. This actually became quite a distraction but unlike many other NT ers i am not naive enough to believe that a problem experienced in the first few wearings of a new shoe will last forever. ( tho the problem was still there in the 2nd wearing, it was noticeably lessened from the first wearing.) Fit. 10/10 In my personal experience a traditional tounge usually helps to provide a better, truer (is that a word?) , and more adjustable fit than does a shoe with an inner boot. I did not experience any slippage within the shoe during play. Neither front to back or side to side). The shoe fit true to size for me as well. Cushioning 8/10 The cushioning was actually quite firm from what i could tell. (although i will need to put it through a little more wear for a final verdict on that one) The impact protection was solid tho and court feel was excellent. Notes: Although i never went over in the shoe, it seems as if lateral stability could be a low point in the shoe. Also as the shoe isn't a low but seems to have been built with freedom at the ankle in mind, (very Nash-like) a roll could be quite the fiasco in these shoes. The shoe is actually quite low around the achillies area. I personally have always favoured greater than average freedom at the ankle as well so this shoe's cut was actually ideal for me. Personally i think this is a fantastic looking shoe. I have always and will most likely always like Wrapped/Hidden Midsoles contrary to what the latest bandwagon on NT says. The Nash logo is fantastic and the 13 and the phoenix on the insole are nice touches as well. However i get the impression that this isn't a true signature as i could definitely see other colourways releasing without the 13 and phoenix and the oval that encapsulates the Nash logo would also fit an uptempo logo perfectly. This would make this shoe a PE ala the JO PE Shox. Seeing pictures of the Stutter Step Nash in another thread actually solidifies this thought of mine a bit. I think that is a shame because Nash definitely deserves his own true signature shoe. I personally think that this is a phenomenal shoe that looks great and is an excellent performer overall. The price point really puts it over the top for me as well as i was able to purchase 2 pairs without straining my pocket book too much. As far as im concerned this shoe is a 10/10 if not higher (honestly i just cant get over how amzing this shoe is) Clutch. Nascar,and Poker ARE NOT SPORTS!!!