SNEAKERS: Dwyane Wade’s Jordan 16.5 Performance Review (NiceKicks)

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These are the sneakers that Dwyane Wade has been wearing this season. The Air Jordan 16.5 in the White/Black/Red colorway. NiceKicks put together a quick review on the performance aspect of this $125 sneaker that Wade and a couple other players in the NBA are wearing this season. Click below for details..

STRENGTHS: Seeing that the Air Jordan 16.5 is a remix of the Air Jordan XVI and the Air Jordan XVII, we first dug into the sneaker archives to find out what characteristics this shoe had in comparison with its predecessors. With that said, we found a number of similarities and differences between the two. The rubber sole that aided the Air Jordan XVI’s stability is also incorporated in this Air Jordan 16.5. This particular aspect allows the wearer to make sharp, quick cuts without the foot sliding in a different direction. The multidimensional herringbone pattern instilled into the rubber sole allows this shoe to own unmatched stability from the forefoot to the heel. Besides stability, the Air Jordan 16.5 also possesses an extreme amount of breathability. Although the predominance of the upper is leather, its ballistic mesh sections allow air to circulate throughout the interior of the shoe. Therefore, the Air Jordan 16.5 is packed with the best of both worlds: extreme stability that keeps your foot from sliding, while also allowing your foot to feel free inside the sneaker

WEAKNESSES: The Air Jordan 16.5 is definitely a great sneaker for the indoor game; however, the cannot be said in regards to the streetball game. Its traction attributes are more suitable for the indoor game. The Air Jordan 16.5’s outsole does not contain as many ridges, indentions and pods as previous outdoor-ready sneakers we have tested. With that said, the durability of this sneaker remains to be seen. While it is perfect for indoor and even lifestyle, its durability seems to lean towards a short-term basketball life

Photos, review and chart courtesy of NiceKicks

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