I haven't bought a pair of basketball shoes in forever. It's been two years of Achilles' tears, so I haven't had much cause. But I wanted something just to shoot around in and maybe some light pickup. But my feet are so bad nowadays I wanted something high end performance.
I picked up these beasts over the weekend.
They're not a great looking shoe in my opinion (I like the Carolina color scheme). Although I've gotten a lot of compliments on them just on the playground with them twice. But man do they feel great. The arch of the soul is almost non existant, and it feels like my foot is freer to flex and torque, rather than pushing that force up into my ankles, which seem like they may just come off. They also have what feels like a thick neck up the back of the heel that really holds that part of the foot well. While the body of the shoe is a single bodied stitched unit, which gives it almost a slipper like feeling.
I looked at the Wall's too, which I really liked. And the Rose's. But I was wearing Addidas Rose's for both Achilles tears, and while I'm sure it had nothing to do with it, there was something of a psychological block from me getting them.
I also got a pair of these as a backup:
I was a little concerned about the funky soul on the XX9, and this was slightly more traditional, although still with that launch soul. I also thought they were good looking shoes. I liked the white Melo's a lot too, but they didn't have my size.