Here's another brace of shoes we should've featured months ago, but got distracted.
Olympics, events, retail...it all adds up. Twin that with our advancing ages and you've got a recipe for forgetfulness. After the Nike
+ Basketball editions of the new Nike Hyperdunk dropped, there was some grumbling over the RRP and another wave of doubt as to how these would look off the court. The imposing looking inaugural colourways and glossy Team USA editions aren't easy to wear without shorts or a basketball in your hand (or from your frontroom when you're doing the 13 minute training session), yet these lurid variations are, for the brave souls who can pull off these colourways, a little more accessible as a shoe without the technology story. The new Nike+ releases are effectively a device rather than a shoe, but these cheaper, non-enabled versions take it back to being an addition to a line of shoes we'd started to lose attention over.
The original Hyperdunk was a game changer but after that, we saw variations on a theme. 2012's iteration brings Lunarlon to the court after the Hyperize issues and we still like those beefed up Flywire cables (aka Magwire) that give this a prototype look and tactile feel. The bold colours here distract from the fussiness of the upper and they seemed to offend and delight in equal quantities in the CT office. That Volt/Gorge Green version that seemed to be targeted at an array of players to get some Olympic camera time and we think China's 'Away' variation might be one of the best makeups of this Hyperdunk to date. We're not denying that these are a difficult shoe, but half a size up, they're incredibly comfy and those that can will pull them off. It's a shame that summer just exited the building, but in 8 months time, these should make sense again and we think there's still some stock at House of Hoops.