While I thought I wouldn’t begin playing in the Air Jordan II Retro for a week or so, I’ve recently increased my on-court time in order to get everything completed as quickly as humanly possible.
How have these treated me thus far? Find out after the jump…
Traction looked lackluster but again, I was wrong. I started out the night in the Zoom Hyperenforcers and played in them for a couple of hours. I ended up switching to the AJ2 to end the night just because I had stayed longer than I had anticipated.
Going from a full length herringbone surface to these would make one assume a sure fire way to be utterly disappointed right out the gate. This was far from what happened and I ended up receiving better traction in the AJ2 than with the more recently produced Hyperenforcer… strange, right?
The same dusty court conditions yet these were able to push the dust and debris away as if it were nothing. Cutting, rolling off of screens and crossovers felt effortless as the grip was somehow able to keep the foot planted without hesitation. To say I’m surprised would be an understatement…
One thing that I was bothered by – slightly – was the forefoot’s fit. While I was able to lace my shoes up as tightly as I wanted – thanks to the tongues awesome padding – the forefoot had a noticeable amount of dead space that I could have done without. It’s not too bad at first but once moisture begins to build up your foot will slide inside the front of the shoe a bit.
While the forefoot wasn’t too spectacular, the midfoot and heel were fantastic. The small section of faux reptile skin that I noted on the First Impression actually did draw the heel into the rubber cup and to top it off that thin rubber heel cup was actually a functional piece… even by today’s standards.
So far so good and I can’t wait to get back on the court with these!