When Kemba Walker signed with Under Armour, the sneaker world was shocked. Why would the All-American so synonymous with rocking retros ink with such a forward thinking brand? While many wondered how Kemba would do at the next level and whether his feet would be his pitfall, the brand and the baller spent the summer doing work. An impressive season start and one KICKS cover later, Kemba?s shoe selection now poses a new question: are they really that good on court? Nice Kicks answered by putting the Mirco G Juke to work in a performance review. Read on to see how they scored.
Lockdown: Impeccable. A low cut upper paired with a CompFit ankle sleeve provides full range of motion with top-notch compression. Court feel is on point with neither slipping nor suffocated toes.
Traction: No flaws here, but nothing above and beyond. The outsoles held up on both indoor and outdoor courts, offering reliable tread in every direction.
Cushioning: Like most shoes, the cushioning is the first aspect to ‘wow’ the wearer. While these impress from the get-go, support ultimately steals the show as the crowning attribute. These are good to go right out of the gate with no break in time required as Micro G technology runs heel to toe for an instant fit that?s both soft and supportive.
Responsiveness: A snug fit, stable cushioning, and solid tread all add up to a good score here. These got the job done on both sides of the floor from cutting to jumping.
Support: Incredible. A CompFit compression sleeve pairs perfectly with a thick mesh tongue for sturdiness that doesn?t feel like a straight jacket. Whether you have moves like Kemba or you’re guarding someone that does, you?ll feel confident.
Breathability: For all the compression tactics and visible lack of ventilation, these stay pretty cool. What’s the secret? The same Heat Gear technology that goes into UA?s apparel is reinterpreted into their footwear.
Durability: Aesthetically and functionally, these held up well after numerous runs. A slight letdown in the cushioning and shallow ridges on the outsole make me wonder if they?ll last forever, but these are certainly a strong pickup for a season.
Overview: Much like Kemba Walker, Under Armour is answering the question as to how they?ll perform at the next level on the court. The Juke showcases the flair and innovation that got them attention all while relying on the performance standards that brought them success. This model undoubtedly points to a bright future for the brand. The fit and composition is unique but feels fantastically familiar on court. The CompFit sleeve is a breakthrough, providing the range of motion seen on a low top with the stability and support sought after by players of all positions. Micro G cushioning continues to impress, while flaws are next to none on this marquee model from the Shield. If you?re not sold on Under Armour basketball yet, pick up a pair of these and watch your bias attitude towards these shoes fade away.
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