I know this has been reviewed far too many times already. But, better late than never.
EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SHOE IS A BEAST.
Herringbone pattern with a somewhat web design and a diamond pattern on the medial side plus a mamba logo at the heel because why not? It’s Kobe’s shoe anyway.
Traction is straight up AMAZING. It actually is just jaw-dropping. No joke. The outsole is really thick and durable.
NO SLIPPING. NO WIPING. NONE WHATSOEVER.
FULL. LENGTH. LUNARLON.
The shoes feature a full-length drop-in Lunarlon mid-sole. It provides decent impact protection when coming in from rebounds.
The mid-sole provides decent comfort while playing. It certainly isn’t the best but it gets the job done. Court-feel is another great factor that this mid-sole offers.
It certainly isn’t the best cushioning set up (still better than Adiprene/Adiprene+) but it’s pretty decent. Court-feel and comfort are a bit more than average. If you want a better mid-sole for your shoes, swap it with the one from the Kobe 11 (heel Zoom+Lunarlon/full-length Zoom) or the Lebron 11 (heel Zoom+Lunarlon/full-length Zoom).
As for the support, don’t expect too much. It’s just an internal TPU heel counter that’s small but enough to be noticed and provide decent lockdown.
It’s a low top and they’re basically shoes for training. You can’t really expect too much fancy features. Plus the fact that it’s a budget shoe.
If you aren’t a fan of low tops and are skeptical of the safety of low cut shoes, this isn’t the pair for you. For those who are okay with these kinds of shoes, then you should have no problems at all.
I personally don’t like low tops for the simple reason that I’ve had a bad history with those types of shoes. However, I always told myself I’d make an exception for Kobe shoes.
The upper is made of Flyweave. Same as the KD 8, except that the 8’s have a softer upper unlike the Mentality’s that feels like it’s been reinforced with plastic (for durability, I guess).
The toebox is reinforced with fuse for it to be stronger and durable espcially for those players who are prone to toe drags while hooping.
Go true-to-size or half a size down (like what I did). I just wanted that snug feeling that’s why I got a 10.5 instead of my usual 11.
Not bad. Not great.
It’s alright. I still think it’s better than the ventilation of the J Wall 2 Boost (which is the worst for me. Second worst is the Lebron 13 but that’s a different story).
It can feel a bit hot and cramped at times but it ain’t always like that.
The lockdown is good. Not great. Good. It certainly isn’t the worst.
Typical cushioned tongue that goes hand-in-hand with the TPU heel counter that provides a decent lockdown on your feet. No this pair doesn’t offer Flywire for better containment since it’s on the budget shoe line of Nike.
This is a go-to pair. Solid traction, decent cushioning setup, decent support and lockdown, and all for a decent price. Don’t expect too much, it doesn’t offer anything fancy as I have said a while ago.
If you’re looking for a pair of shoes that you can hoop in indoors and outdoors, go get this pair. It certainly won’t disappoint you.
(OVERALL RATING: 7.5-8/10)
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