With the new year rolling in and expectations of many shoes coming out, we wanted to feature alternate models.
This particular model is the Nike Air Max Emergent. It’s tiered a ‘lower end’ model but considering not everyone can afford to spend $150-$200+ on basketball shoes, Nike thrives with accommodating the masses of those who ball on a budget.
The shoe utilizes a combination of synthetic and leather for the upper while visible form-fitting foam with Breath Tech allowing the air flow. Some TPU overlays add stability and lockdown. Visible on the outsole is a 180 Air Max unit for responsive cushioning and solid rubber herringbone traction for great indoor / outdoor performance.
If you’ve seen previous reviews, this shoe utilizes similar tooling as the Nike Air Max Stutter Step / Stutter Step 2. These are currently out in Asia and Europe, but believed to be soon arriving in the US also, particularly at your local Finish Line. Price is tentatively stated at $90, but subject to change. I kind of dig it; Nike gives us a “back to basics” forte on how basketball shoes should be. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.