It’s time for one last Performance Teaser on the Air Jordan 2012 prior to the full review.
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In my initial First Impression, I assumed the traction would do well based on the fact that the design was similar to herringbone and the rubber was very soft and pliable. My assumption was correct and the traction has been nothing short of awesome.
The grooves are nicely spaced apart allowing for greater ground coverage along with helping keep debris and dust out from in between your soles and the floor. With the smaller squares place in specific high wear areas of the outsole, this allowed for even greater ground cover along with some additional strength to the soft rubber used.
One area of concern for some consumers will come from the durability factor in the rubber itself. While being very pliable makes for an increased amount of friction between your foot and the floor, it also means that with above average wear and tear the rubber may not last too long. This isn’t an area of concern as far as indoor basketball is concerned but more so with those who play outdoors. In an outdoor setting, it’s safe to assume that the rubber will not last very long so if you play predominantly outdoor you will want to look elsewhere.
The uppers are wonderful; I truly mean this 100%. They are flexible and non-restrictive which allows you to maneuver freely. With the Flywire being exposed you would typically have durability issues being that it’s so thin.
However, the leather panels are placed in high wear areas to protect the Flywire base without restricting movement or creating hotspots within the virtually one piece shell. The leather is nowhere near as brittle as what we had seen last year with the Air Jordan 2011 and it can take a beating without sacrificing the original structure.
The side panels can end up getting their fair share of bumps and bruises, especially if you drive into the lane often. Again, the leather panels are in place for a specific reason and have a purpose… while most have complained about aesthetic design, in my personal opinion, the functionality of the design in place is what makes the shoe such a great performer and in turn you end up truly appreciating the design featured on the silhouette… that is if you are a Sneakerhead that understands that these sneakers are manufactured to do far more than look good with a pair of Levi 501’s.
I absolutely love this shoe, far more than I could have imagined. Jordan Brand is very much underrated as a performance brand due to the fact that they have essentially whored out the Retro aspect of the culture which in turn has saturated the market with trendy sneaker enthusiasts rather than those of us who remember that elephant print once flew from the free throw line to the rim in effortless fashion.
The full review will be made available soon but until then I will tell you this… these are one of the best performance shoes to come from the Air Jordan Legacy series since the Air Jordan XIII & Air Jordan 2010… period.