As most of you know, I’ve been wear testing and reviewing basketball shoes for 5 years now… yeah, long time. About a year or two into my time reviewing performance sneakers, I decided to implement a numbered rating [1-10] scale due to requests from readers/ viewers. The scale was meant to help those interested in performance models to visually see how each shoe stacked up on-court, and for easy comparisons between models if someone happen to have multiple models on their radar.
With the rating scale came complaints. Yeah, I know I’m not going to be able to please everyone… I understand and accept that. But, it’s gotten to the point where people are misunderstanding the numbered rating scale entirely. We’re in a world where 7’s are somehow negative (a 7 would be considered a C, which is a passing grade) and grading scales are supposed to somehow dictate my personal picks when it comes to the year end top ten lists… something that is based on my personal preferences.
Now, with all that out of the way… I figured it’s time to switch things up a bit. Everyone is aware that we’ll be removing the ventilation from reviews unless it has a major negative or positive affect on the shoes performance, and even then, it’ll only be discussed and no longer graded. From now on, we’re going to use a simple and fun way to describe performance attributes with WearTesters badges. These badges were created so that we could over simplify the scores, but still have them be effective in providing you with solid information in a way that was fun, engaging, and yet remain professional.
Check out the badges and their explanations on the next page.