Here we go with the Performance Review on the World Balance Bank Shot!
Traction: Traction was very adequate, the toe and medial front (ball of the foot) of the shoe is covered in a modified herringbone (much like a wave) pattern for quick jabs and lightning quick steps, while the lateral outrigger all the way down to the heel area is a sort of story telling pattern, this is a good setup for guards who are always on their toes. The material in the front half of the shoe is pliable and grips nicely on court, the story telling pattern however gathers a bit of dust and loses traction especially on the cement courts we have here.
Cushion: Cushion is available in heaps thanks to the foam setup and patented Terra Soft Insole Tech, it’s nice and dense and provides a good ride without being too hard or squishy. Again this is geared more towards smaller players who need a low slung ride but still needs that extra bit of comfort.
Materials: The Bank Shot has som pretty good materials on them, a nice little mix of synthetic and patent leathers give a feeling of luxury while the carbon fiber like pattern on the sides give a sense of purpose to the shoe. The fit is a bit sloppy so I recommend that you drop down half a size in order to get that contained fit. One minor niggle for me is that the materials are too soft, a little bit more stiffness might help the shoe retain it’s shape better.
Ventilation: This shoe provides adequate ventilation although it initially doesn’t look the part, all the vents are placed in perforations on the medial side of the shoe, the tongue and mesh bootie, this will definitely keep your feet dry during the game.
Fit / Support: Support is probably this shoe’s weakest attribute, the sloppy fit and the materials being a tad too soft, this could have been a better performer had the materials been a bit more supportive and the fit being more contained and not too tight. Also the heel notch kind of digs in to my achilles tendon so now I have some tendonitis that I have to deal with.
Overall: This is a great choice for ballers on a budget, it as the potential to be a much better shoe than it already is, it just needs that extra bit of support and better fit. All in all, if you aren’t snobbish about brands this is definitely a must have and for less than $70 how can you go wrong?
These retail for about Php 2399.00 or around US $55.00 at local department stores and athletic stores