Traction – Surprise, surprise… the traction was pretty darn good. They took the court by surprise as they were able to keep up with every move I made with the exception of a select few and that was due to dirt or debris being on the court… that’ll happen when you hoop outside. No real complaints but I do have one big compliment… these are a GREAT outdoor hoop shoe.
Cushion – Hexalite is located in the heel and forefoot and its just really comfortable overall. For whatever reason, I found these to be more comfortable than the Reebok Kamikaze II which features the same setup so I assume the insole has something to do with the difference… that and the extra Hexalite in the heel. There isn’t any responsiveness with the Hexalite itself but it sits low to the ground which allows you to have an increased response time so if that makes up for its lack of springiness for you then that’s a plus. I found it to be perfectly fine and each time I laced them up I was excited to get a game going.
Material – The materials are a little on the cheap side but in terms of actual performance, there really is nothing wrong with them. They have held up outdoors just fine and need no break-in period… overall, I’d call that a win.
Fit – They fit true to size and I loved the fit. The padding is abundant and it does a great job of keeping you locked into the shoe. Speaking of lockdown, it was on point from heel to toe. I never had an issue with internal slippage or dead space – something 90’s era shoes are notorious for. Pillows are built into the shoes heel – they aren’t really pillows but its as close as you can get – and that added to their fit along with their overall comfort.
Ventilation – Well… ventilation wasn’t good. Luckily they fit secure so it didn’t really matter.
Support – Their overall support is great and their stability is even greater. The base of the shoe is wide – not wide fitting, just a wide base – so you are always stable which is great for spot up shooters.
Overall – I wish I could say I’m not too surprised by how much I enjoyed playing in the Shaqnosis due to their similarities to the Kamikaze II but to be honest… its a shoe built for Shaq… so I was really surprised when I kept bringing them with me well after I had completed their on-court testing. The performed above average in all categories except for ventilation and this time around that didn’t matter at all. These are my current go-to shoes when I head to the park… maybe they’ll be yours too.