Air Jordan 5 Wings
Style Code: AV2405-900
Release Date: Summer 2018
Michael Jordan credits his teachers and educators with helping him achieve the confidence and level of greatness that aided him in becoming the greatest basketball player of all time. To give back, MJ started the WINGS Scholarship Program that is meant to build relationships with teachers and mentors with the fundamental belief that “when given the chance, everyone can fly.” In the past, the Jordan Brand has honored this program with prestigious releases the likes of the Air Jordan 1 and the Air Jordan 12‘ “Wings” that have gone on the be two of the more coveted special releases in the brand’s history. Recently, graduates who utilized the wings program were also gifted the recently released Air Jordan 12 “Michigan”.
Now, the Jumpman has a colorful Air Jordan 5 to add to the mix as part of the growing WINGS initiative. Starting with the underside of the tongue, Jordan’s iconic Wings poster gets embroidered in black and white with the phrase “Everyone Can Fly” sitting underneath it. Its upper sports a white base with a number of graphics printed on it that appear to be a multitude of sketches from city streets alongside inspirational text. Mint green shark teeth and lace stays as well as a red embroidered Jumpman on the heel finish off this selection that is expected to be numbered just like its “Wing” predecessors.
Jordan Brand‘s newest addition to its “Wings” collection is a colorful Air Jordan 5. The new sneaker will join the ranks of a bronzed Air Jordan 1 and a clean black/white/gold Air Jordan 12, all of which are made for Michael Jordan‘s Wings initiative dedicated to influencing the youth through education and community building.
The Air Jordan 5 “Wings” boasts a white leather upper with an all-over print featuring illustrations of Chicago and its neighborhoods. Each shoe dons a unique print, making every pair one-of-a-kind. Other special details include semi-translucent mint green Wings lacelocks and side panels, which glow in the dark, a 3M reflective tongue tab, embroidered Jumpman logos, a special label in the inner tongue and an icy outsole.
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The Nike KD11, with its combination of React and Zoom, had me all up in my feels.
Traction in the KD11 was decent at best. It’s no KD9 honeycomb traction (which was amazing), and due to the tight grooves, dust collected quickly which caused more frequent wipes. The outsole consistency over the few years of Kevin Durant’s signature line has been quite disappointing — especially coming from previously great models — unless you have access to a pristine college/NBA court.
One redeeming quality of the outsole is that if you use the shoe outdoors, it plays really well. Unfortunately, long-term durability of the outsole outdoors is unlikely.
Cushion was on point in the KD11, once broken in. The React midsole is placed inside a rubber cupsole while the 7mm thick top-loaded full-length Zoom Air unit sits above the React. The combination provides an awesome amount of impact protection. Upon landing on rebounds and hard first steps I felt ample feedback that launched me right into my next motion. For those who require more cushion (especially those with back and knee problems), this is definitely a plus.
Another year, another Flyknit shoe, which is generally never a bad thing. The uppers of the KD line have been modified over the years to make the shoe feel more sock-like. With some suede backing along the heel counter, TPU at the lateral side, and React and Zoom Air cushion caged by a full rubber cupsole, you’d think you’re paying for a premium shoe.
The combination of the materials used on the KD 11 appears to be geared to Durant’s narrow foot and this shoe should cater to those who want their footwear to feel the same way. We’ll discuss that more in the next section, however, the materials utilized are well-thought out — just not well-executed.
While I do have slightly wide feet, the shoe actually fit me true to size, although people with different foot shapes should try the KD 11 on.
Once I got rolling on the court I was not locked in. You don’t feel quite as locked in because, again, the shoe is catered to the way Kevin Durant likes to lace up his shoes (which is slightly loose). I think if Nike strategically knitted areas of the shoe tighter, like at the midfoot, I wouldn’t have felt my foot shifting inside the shoe as I did much while in movement. You might not have this experience (which I hope you don’t), but be forewarned because the knit material does stretch out over time.
NOPE! Just nope! While the fit wasn’t totally a deal breaker, the overall support is. Knowing that the upper material will eventually stretch out, the one thing that kills me is that my foot wouldn’t stay on the footbed of the shoe.
I have no idea how to pull off the cuts Durant makes on his right to left cross-over pull-up move when I don’t feel like my foot is directly in the KD11. If you’re just running up and down the court without making any lateral cuts or movements (which is totally unheard of) then you’d be just some guy or gal running for no apparent reason. The amount of torque and movement I exerted in the shoe — while not feeling locked in — made me second and triple guess every move I made, which no player should have to deal with.
When my feet got pushed forward in the shoe the stretchy knit upper could not keep me contained and thus, the heel counter did not lock me in properly. I would expect a more exaggerated outrigger, and although an outrigger is present, the high ride and stretchy upper had me coming out of the shoe. For others, it could lead to a rolled ankle, or *knock on wood*, something worse. In the KD11 it seems containment was an afterthought.
If Nike had implemented a more tightly knitted midfoot, an exaggerated lateral outrigger, or sat the wearer within the midsole, most of these hazards would have been avoided.
I wanted to love the KD11. While I had bad experiences with the KD9 (Zoom popped) and the KD10 (lacing loops ripped), I didn’t want to give up on the KD signature line. The safety of this shoe is what is keeping me away from it.
While the materials and cushioning used here are nice, I don’t see how this shoe made it through wear-testing. I understand the shoe is catered to Kevin Durant, but we all know KD dislikes changing shoes — especially ones he’s broken in — and not all consumers have narrow feet like KD. Innovation shouldn’t come at a cost, and the KD11 seems to be the prime example of that.
Trust me, I want the shoe to succeed, not only for us WearTesters but also for all you consumers out there. Will I be looking forward to the KD12? Possibly, as long as I keep my expectations low, but we all know father-time doesn’t wait for anyone.
Introducing the first-ever Max Air unit designed specifically for Nike Sportswear, the Nike Air Max 270 delivers visible air and unbelievable comfort under every step. It has callbacks to the original 1991 Air Max 180 on its exaggerated tongue top and heritage tongue logo while also being upgraded for modern comfort.
- Large volume Max Air unit delivers responsive cushioning.
- Neoprene stretch bootie construction offers a snug fit.
- 3-piece midsole offers durability and a smooth transition.
- Mono-mesh window in the quarter and engineered mesh in the forefoot provide durability.
- Rubber toe tip offers durability in high-wear areas.
Design lines, tongue logo, and exaggerated tongue top nod to the original Air Max 180 of 1991.
Nike Air Max 270
Color: Barely Rose/Vintage Wine-Elemental Rose-White
Style Code: AH6789-601
Release Date: May 3, 2018
Early in 2018, Drake shared some of his exclusive Air Jordan 4, which included this Air Jordan 4 Splatter with Nike Air branding on the heels.For those that may not know, this Air Jordan 4 was actually a 1989 Sample that never released to the public. Unlike the original pair, Drake’s retro version has a few minor differences. Two of those is a non-splattered “Nike Air” logo on the heel as well as the OVO Owl logo on inner back pull tab.
While 2019 will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Air Jordan 4, there are rumors that Jordan Brand could be releasing the Air Jordan 4 Splatter for the occasion.
Nothing has been confirmed, so until we hear more details, you can get a better look at Drake’s “Splatter” Air Jordan 4 below. Stay tuned to Hoopjordans for more updates as they develop.
Sneaker fans worldwide are gathering up all of their hardworking coins and getting ready to spend it on Nike’s next “it” shoe. The Nike React Element 87 is set to have two release dates: June 21 for consumers in Asia, Latin America, Greater China and Europe, while the official release date for North American buyers will be on July 13.
This shoe has been creating a major buzz in the sneaker world thanks to its unveiling at the popular UNDERCOVER’s Fashion Week Show that occurred in March in Paris. After being spotted in the fashion show, it was rumored to be an exclusive UNDERCOVER x Nike React Element 87 collaboration. Many viewers believe that this sleek, uniquely crafted sneaker is apart of a new trend Nike is continuing to establish, focusing on their advanced insole foam technology.
Senior designer, Nate Jobe, and his Nike special projects team decided to create a non-conventional sneaker while introducing a new level of comfort for the casual runner. It’s newly structured “React” sole is incorporated with a rubber outsole which helps runners receive a great amount of cushioning along with traction to endure long runs around the track.
To follow up on last year’s LeBron 14 “Agimat” offering for the Philippines, the King and the Swoosh have teamed up once again for a special LeBron Soldier 12 under the same monicker. In the Philippines, the word agimat translates to amulet and charm, while also representing a Filipino system of magic that acts a higher power for the people of the island. Inspired by LeBron’s superhuman and almost magic-like abilities on the court and the undying love that the Philippines has for the game of basketball, this new Soldier 12 ushers in the same tonal color scheme as last year’s 14. Standout details include the words “Mula Mandirigma Sa Mandirigma”, which translates to “From One Warrior to Another”, as well as “MNL” and “330” to represent Manila and Akron respectively. A special graphic on the insole is inspired by Filipino volcanoes as well as the steep mountainous terrain of the country. Take a peak at a detailed set of images below and expect pairs to being arriving at retailers on June 15th. https://www.goodsale.org