This game is going as badly as I expected, but I love my team, win or lose. Hoping for some halftime adjustments, because the Eagles are awesome. At least I have donuts and cupcakes to make me feel better.
Nike Zoom Kobe IV
Ahhhh!! The 1st Kobe to break new ground with low cut basketball shoes. The Kobe IVs are iconic for setting this new trend for so many top performing modern-day sneakers.
Aesthetics - These babies are a classic and absolutely beautiful. They still feature a nice smooth leather toe for materials. Wearing these made me really miss leather ball shoes. The sides merge into plastic kind of material to cut weight and provide rigid support where flexibility is less needed. Overall lots of craftsmanship.
Traction - Some multi-directional herringbone and story telling. The traction isn't ever a hard crisp stop, but it's one of the better than average traction setups out there. It seems to do very well vs dust on very dusty courts. Overall solid and consistent.
Lockdown - No complaints. It might have a better lockdown feel if the sides were made of more flexible material, but lockdown in these shoes aren't an issue at all.
Midsole - The setup is Zoom in the heel and Lunarfoam in the midfoot. Very interesting setup. Best way to desribe it for me is that you feel a little loaded kind of like full length zoom but a lot less springy. I personally like this setup more than the minimal heel zoom setups from Kobe I to VII.
Fit/Comfort - The upper eyelets dig into my foot, and the lacing around the highest eyelets still wrap just under the puffy tongue, and in this area there's very little padding and the laces dig right into my leg as well. But find the right lacing tightness, and this will go away. Other than this, the fit is perfect. These fit TTS. Everything before the Kobe IVs are a half size down for true to size fit.
Mobility - major difference here vs Kobes I to III. About 70% weight reduction without losing lockdown and support. Much better mobility on court achieved.
Support - No issues. The leather and plastic upper provide maximum support. Heel counter does it's job well.