We talk a lot of basketball and a lot about basketball shoes but everyone has to wear something beyond the court, right? Issue 17 of the WearTesters Weekender is about what shoes the WearTesters team wears off court when they aren’t testing. As always, we hope you enjoy the discussion and I encourage you to share your thoughts in the comments below!
WearTesters Weighs In
What shoes do you end up throwing on all the time or maybe every day, no matter what purpose? If theres a pair of shoes that find their way on your feet more than any others, tell us what they are and why?
I have what you would call… first world problems… which isn’t really a problem at all.
I try to rotate through shoes so that they get equal wear. Nearly impossible for someone with as many pairs as I have, but I do what I can. However, what ends up happening most days (work days) is that I end up in the same one or two pairs for the entire week, then move onto another one or two the following week etc. etc. etc.
What usually ends up on my feet is one of the ‘remastered’ Air Jordan models… more specifically the 4’s & 5’s that recently released.They’re just more comfortable than the stuff I’ve been ‘collecting’ over the years, and due to that simple fact, they’ve become quick throw-on shoes for me. Hell, even when I go to walk the dogs I throw them on instead of my slides… yeah… more comfortable than slides!
The 13 Lows that just dropped have been on my feet since I grabbed them. Very comfortable, with the Zoom Air cushion and all. Definitely something thats missing from the ‘older’ Retro models like the 1-6.
But yeah, the weekend is when I’ll wear something that I haven’t all week long. J Crossover 2 is a favorite as are my Saucony’s. They’re both pretty simple, and comfortable.
Yeah I know… nothing too crazy, but thats what I’ve been rocking. Starting to muster up the courage to let all of the shoes I don’t wear often enough go. Will be a sad, but relieving, day when that happens.
Situation number 1: Going out
If I’m going out, and the venue has a lot of dirt, sand, mud, or the weather is just plain bad, and there is a high probability of me getting dirty, I’m wearing my trusty running model from Under Armour, the Spine Clutch. It has everything you need in a go to sneaker, wearability, comfort, and durability. The full-length Micro G cushion setup is amazingly comfortable, and the mesh underlay coupled with the ClutchFit technology, make for a breathable, and durable upper that is very versatile. This is my go to sneaker for any rough situation, as you can see by the condition they’re in.
The rest of the year, I find myself constantly going back to the adidas Pure Boost. It’s just so damn comfortable, as well as any one of the many Reebok Kamikaze IIs I have, for style.
In Case You Missed It…
Players that want a low cut shoe with plenty of Fuse and support can have that with the regular version, while players that want a low cut with a little more freedom and softer materials get that with the AE model.
If you wanted to check out some of what goes on at our Hoop Sessions then check the video below. We have Hoop Session 4 coming up next month, on May 24
A week late but not completely ignored, BrandBlack’s package arrived last Monday. I intended on doing an official “unboxing”, but I didn’t want to wait – I NEEDED to get the J.Crossover II on court ASAP. So here is the official “fake” unboxing video
WearTesters Wordplay of the Week
A little different this week; instead of highlighting some of the best albums and songs that I can think of, I’m throwing some basketball player/”rappers” into the fold. In particular, Damian Lillard’s 4-Bar Friday efforts and his freestyle (was it actually a freestyle though?) on Sway in the Morning and Shumpert’s admirable job of fitting names like Mozgov and Dellavedova into a shoutout rap.
Let us know what you think of these guy’s efforts to dabble in the world of rapping, have a laugh, and do look up the Chris Webber, Allen Iverson, and Jerry Stackhouse raps from over a decade ago. They probably shouldn’t quit their day jobs, right?
Of course, we can’t mention modern NBA rappers without bringing up B-Ball’s Best Kept Secret. Check out the tracklist and tell me you can resist listening to the convergence of NBA and hip-hop culture. This is not a debate over whether or not the album is good, just listen and appreciate its relevancy.
|1. Ba Bamboo Babamboo – Hip Hop Basketball Genie|
|2. Check It – Dana Barros|
|3. Lost In The Sauce – Malik Sealy|
|4. Mic Check 1-2 – Shaquille O’Neal and Ill Al Skratch|
|5. Bobbito – Earl The Goat|
|6. Flow On – Cedric Ceballos With Warren G.|
|7. Anything Can Happen – Brian Shaw|
|8. Sumptin’ To Groove To – Chris Mills|
|9. Sway And Tech – From The Bay To L.A.|
|10. What The Kidd Didd – Jason Kidd And Money B.|
|11. Funk In The Trunk – J.R. Rider|
|12. Bobbito – Phat Swoosh|
|13. All Night Party – Dennis Scott|
|14. Livin’ Legal And Large – Gary Payton|
|15. Represents – D.J. S And S|
|16. Ya Don’t Stop – Dana Barros, Cedric Ceballos, Diamond D, Sadat X..|
As always, thank you for reading and supporting our site! Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below. We want to know what ends up on your feet off-court and off-field most often!