In 2008, Nike concocted Flywire technology, an innovation that hit the ground running, or flying rather, given its primary function as liposuction for basketball shoes. Flywire was introduced via the Nike Hyperdunk, the founding father to subsequent high performance kicks like the Nike Zoom Kobe IV and V, the Nike Air Max LeBron VII, and the Nike Hyperize. Perhaps in an effort to not offend the Hyperdunk, a low-top version of the sneaker was released late last year.
The low edition comes fully stocked with a full-length Phylon/Lunar Foam midsole that keeps the shoe light, a firm TPU heel for added stability, a protruding outrigger that prevents ankle rolls and keeps your foot locked to the ground, and of course, Flywire side panels that clamps your foot down into the footbed. For optimal cushioning and support, there is also an Air-sole unit in the heel end of the midsole and a full rubber outsole with a herringbone pattern for maximum traction. The lows even seem to offer more adequate ankle protection than the high-top version due to a more rigid build of the collar, which is certainly an issue that Nike addressed while developing these kicks.
If you’re like me and you want to ball in the lighter sneakers, you can’t really go wrong with the Nike Hyperdunk Low. There are pretty fresh colorways available as well and you won’t break your budget as these are well under $100 (exact price varies by retailer/seller). I know there are a lot of ballers who are still apprehensive about running in lower cut shoes, but the weight advantage is undeniably addictive.
[Original Release: 2009; Weight: 12.0 oz.; Players: Deron Williams / Steve Nash / Aaron Brooks]
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