The adidas Yeezy QNTM BSKTBL has been the subject of a lot of intense debate. Is it a lifestyle shoe or a basketball shoe? Both the Yeezy brand and adidas haven’t offered any official answers. To add to the confusion, what the various sneaker blogs are saying doesn’t match up.
With all the conflicting information out there, the only way to really figure out if the adidas Yeezy QNTM is a hoop shoe is to get it in hand and play in it. So we swallowed our pride and ponied up resale price for a pair so Chris could test them. He’s finally got them and the video above features his first impression and initial performance predictions.
In the the video, Chris comments on every detail of the Yeezy QNTM. And there’s a lot of details that are performance-oriented:
- Herringbone traction
- Huge heel counter
- Primeknit laced with TPU yarn
- Kurim (TPU/RPU) overlays
He also talks about the Boost midsole and how it compares comfort-wise with other Yeezy models. There’s some details that may not be as great for performance. The thick caging on the sidewalls and the seams inside the neoprene section of the heel are two potential areas of weakness. Chris talks through both and the potential implications.
Finally, Chris talks about the true to size fit and how the shoe should be great for wide footers. Just be prepared for them to feel like a low because the top half of the heel isn’t structured.
Watch the full video by pressing play above or by clicking here to watch on YouTube.
The adidas Yeezy QNTM is available at StockX.
A full performance review is on the way (pending gym openings). Until then, you can read our adidas Yeezy 380 Running Performance Review to get your fill of Yeezy performance action.