When the Nike announced that the popular Air Foamposite and Foamposite One were going to now be offered in kids sizes, those with smaller feet were excited to wear the shoe that had been a Men’s only release for years.
However, as prices for the kids sized sneakers skyrocketed to $180 per pair — more than the retail price on the original Men’s version in the ’90s — knowing what that $180 will get you is imperative. Unfortunately, it won’t get you much at all.
If you’re looking at this and wondering where the tech is, well, so are we. There is literally nothing in the shoe. Nothing at all.
Nike decided to include the one piece inner bootie that the Men’s pair offer.
However, the upper is not made of Foamposite. After checking out kids sizes in-store when they first released, I could have instantly told you that there was no Foamposite anywhere on the shoe. Alas, in the event that you needed actual proof (over someone’s word that actually knows what they’re talking about) here it is. The upper on kids sized Foamposite models is completely made of TPU.
You won’t even get a carbon fiber plate. It’s just a piece of plastic.
The outsole is the closest thing to the Men’s version seen on the kids pairs.
Here are side-by-sides of the kids and Men’s edition. The Men’s (below) features the original tech specs — full-length Zoom Air and another Zoom unit in the heel (double stacked). Then you look at the kids pair…
Yeah, nothing but foam. $180 gets you absolutely nothing but some plastic and foam sitting atop a rubber outsole. No wonder Nike is bringing in billions each year — the profit margins on this shoe must be astronomical.
Some can keep believing the Swoosh hype though. Meanwhile, I’ll keep shaking my head.