These are insane… they may not be the best looking – possibly far from it depending on the person – but they fit like a glove… better than The Glove actually…
Traction – I don’t like the way translucent soles perform. Everyone knows that by now. There are occasions where shoes with translucent outsoles perform extremely well – the Air Penny V being one of them – and I hope these are one of them.
The rubber feels pliable enough but you never know when it comes to clear outsoles… as usual, if or when a solid rubber version releases then I’d typically go for that one.
Cushion – The cushion feels amazing. This Proplate Zoom Air is pretty crazy just from standing and bouncing around a bit. They feel similar to the LeBron X’s spring-like effect but much more targeted and amplified a bit. You can feel the Zoom compress and spring back into shape… sort of the way a snake would coil up then strike. If they feel like this just from bouncing around with excitement; I can’t wait to see how they feel while running around the gym.
Material – To be honest, I don’t know what the materials are. The interior features a woven finger-like lacing structure that has a micro mesh styled webbing attachment. The exterior is somewhat stretchy but not to where you would lose structure or support. Break-in time should be nonexistent.
Fit – Since there is very little to the shoe itself, I went with an 8.5 vs. my usual sz 9. I personally prefer to have a snug fit so that the shoe’s design features can actually do what they were meant to… or in some cases – not do what they were meant to. If you wish for your shoes to fit like a glove then go ½ size down. If not, just go with your true size. Wide footers, a try on will be required.
Ventilation – The interior is well ventilated but the outer layer doesn’t allow for too much air flow. If you are zipped up all the way this shouldn’t be a big deal since the material in pliable in the first place so retaining its shape isn’t happening. Zipped down on the other hand should provide you with some ventilation… since that is a playable option… it will be hard to come up with a solid rating on this attribute.
Support – There is Carbon Fiber in all the right places. Under foot, lateral side and a decoupled heel counter. The placement of the plates actually compliments the minimalistic upper. With how snug everything is, the support should be similar to the Kobe 8 SYSTEM that featured engineered mesh… just more conforming to the foot.
Overall, I can’t make up my mind with how these could end up performing. Everything about them is pretty new… maybe not completely new but the way they’ve implemented it all into the shoe is new. Torn cartilage or not… these are getting played in.