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Nike Pippen II 2 Retro Peformance Analysis and Review


*Sorry I struck out again with the Kobe I Protro. Lebron Solider XII next possibly . Sorry been really busy* You know itís hard out here for a Pippen (Pippen ainít easy is so passťÖ and if you donít know that song, go watch Hustle and Flow, you wonít regret it) As I continue my shoe purge, I pulled these retro Nike Air More Uptempoís out of the closet and decided to start using them them again. I never really ďanalyzedĒwhat made them special but after studying whatís under the hood, I understand why I loved them so much back in the day. Twenty years later, shoes can say they look different but not many can say they are better. Pros: traction, true to the OG Zoom, fit, support, stability, containment Cons: leather needs break in? Some wiping needed on dusty floors Sizing: true to size Best for: any position Weight: 16 ounces which is about an ounce more than average for a modern mid. Twenty years and shoes have only shed an ounce of weight in most cases. Traction So simple and efficient. Full herringbone with a nice pliable rubber compound. Even a top 50 of all time player didnít get story telling on his shoe. There are no stories about Scottie and his grandma or the zip code of his old house, just a normal herringbone pattern. These work almost as well as the Curry 5 with minimal wiping and stick to the floor traction when clean. They do need an occasional wipe of dusty floors though due to the flat ďoutlineĒ around the outsole. Cushioning Zoom in the heel and forefoot with no break in? Sounds good to me. These actually have the almost same forefoot Zoom set up as the OG Air jordan 13 which explains why I love this cushioning set up so much. The XIV has four sections while these seem to ďonlyĒ have three. Amazingly, this 2006 retro pair has the same set up as the OG while the Jordan XIV retros do not. Cheaping out JB, whoís the CEO of JB? 😬 These feel awesome from the get go and still havenít popped or deflated so yea, Iím sticking with these for a bit. Iíd be really shocked if Nike retros these again and keeps the same set up. Fit True to size or half a size down depending on preference. There is enough padding to adapt to your foot in case youíre off by half a size. A one piece bootie with a outer shell? Wait, is this from 2018 or 1998? Oddly the ďbootieĒ doesnít connect at the bottom of the shoe. Check out how many eyelets there are. Ten!! Adidas, are you listening ? Iím not sure if you really need this many rows of eyelets but better safe than sorry and sure as hell better than five. Zero issues with the fit. The bootie upper hugs the foot out of the box and the leather upper just conforms to your foot after break in. This design pretty much set the precedent for almost every shoe you see today except this was done twenty years ago. Materials Leather!! I will say that todayís knits do not need the break in time that leather does and in this world of On Demand, people would not have the patience to wait on breaking in a shoe. Even during break in with the stiffer leather, it didnít affect my play. Iíve said it before but you have a lot of muscle and weight to push through a few millimeters of material. You wonít see leather much nowadays since synthetics and knits are saving the planet (which is a great thing) while making shoe companies more profitable. There is always a caveat to saving the world I guess. Support and stability A mid with just enough mobility in the ankle. Sounds good to me Midfoot support comes from a large plastic shank. In retrospect, Scottie deserved a carbon fiber shank. No issues with stability due a wide flat base with no tippiness. Itís slightly wider than the Curry 4 which is ultra stable. Containment Leather and that plastic rail runs almost across the entire shoe. As you guess, no issues Conclusion Another old shoe that outperforms the majority of shoes today. But this time the shoe is twenty years old, not twelve. Sure itís simplistic looking, almost on the verge of following the dad shoe trend but donít let its looks deceive you, it plays like a beast after all these years. The Pippen II, the Uncle Drew of kicks. Donít reach Youngblood! These get a first team rating even after twenty years. And could it be more appropriate?
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