Not bad… but not too good either…
Cushion – adidas uses their standard EVA versus the originals which utilized adiPrene. Both are comfortable but the adiPrene is preferred. Not sure why they keep changing their setups when it comes to the Retro line but for whatever reason, they do. Either way, the cushion is low profile so court feel is great while impact protection is not. Not a bad thing in this particular model due to the Feet You Wear design. They aren’t clunky or heavy, offer fairly smooth transition and they get the job done overall. I personally find them to be comfortable but they definitely aren’t the most cushioned option available.
Materials – Synthetics are used throughout, just like the original. The only difference is that the synthetics used here are much cheaper than what they once were and its pretty noticeable – if you were to have both in hand. It didn’t have a negative affect on their performance, but its something to note. This is something that I forgot to mention in the video – probably a good reason to read and watch, I suppose – but the durability seems to be an issue. My midsole at the toe area on the medial side has already begun to separate from the upper… not exactly what you’d expect from a shoe that’s only a couple months old.
Fit – They fit true to size and they feel great on-foot. Lockdown is pretty solid, especially for the funky shape the upper has, and you feel contained more often than not. I loved how the heel portion of the shoe felt when fully laced and they didn’t pinch or bind at all.
Ventilation – There is mesh used along the mid section of the shoe and that allows some heat to escape but not much. Same goes for the mesh tongue. Usually, for a 90’s shoe, this means you’ll receive a sloppy fit or a blister or two but that wasn’t the case with these. While not the ‘best’ when you compare them to some of adidas’ more recent models, but definitely not the worst.
Support – The support was solid. Torsion ‘Y’ bar was in place for near perfect torsional support while providing a slight spring back into your step, and the anatomical midsole/ outsole design pretty much took care of the rest. They look bulky but they don’t feel bulky. They actually feel better than some modern models I’ve worn in recent years.
Overall – Not something I’d choose for indoor play after their lackluster traction, but outdoors was a much better experience. Comfortable and fairly lightweight/ smooth while transitioning… definitely not something that goes hand in hand with 90’s basketball. I liked them but not enough to want to play in them again. For those that wanted to grab them as a nostalgic purchase, its a good shoe to have. For those looking for premium performance… go with their newer stuff like the CQ2 or Rose 4.