First Impression: Reebok Kamikaze II
We bout to make it reign… man…
I’m hoping you’ll find that as amusing as I did… really hoping…
Traction – I have no thoughts on this traction pattern. It’ll either be good or it’ll be bad… it looks like something you’d expect to see on a shoe built for outdoor hooping. These may be a viable option for those that do play outdoor but for us indoor player that play on less than pristine courts… who knows. Clean courts typically will have you thinking that your traction is A+… until you play on a not so clean court that is. I’m just hoping it’ll work.
Cushion – We have heel and forefoot Hexalite cushioning along with a midsole that feels like Polyurethane. I’m still not positive on what it is exactly – it’s lighter than the PU I’m used to but firmer than Phylon – whatever it is… it’s the part of the shoe that I’m concerned with. Sure, step-in comfort is great, Ortholite insoles will give you that plush feeling while sitting directly under foot… sort of like plush carpet… but that doesn’t mean it’ll react well when used in a game. Whatever the case may be… this will either be really comfortable or really uncomfortable.
Material – Every pair I’ve seen features a mixture of nubuck and leather. The material placement is different for each colorway and for some additional support, playing in a pair with a primarily leather upper was important to me which is why I chose this colorway… that and they look freaking awesome. Materials are soft so there shouldn’t be any real break-in time.
Fit – They fit true to size but the materials will break-in a bit and I did not want to lose the snug fit I prefer so I decided to go down ½ size. I do not advise this – especially for wide footers – unless you personally prefer a snug fit. My toes are literally at the edge of the rubber sole and that is how I like it… my toes might not like it but the decision isn’t really theirs to make. Lockdown feels decent, nothing too special but pretty much what I expect from a 90’s shoe.
Ventilation – Other than the mesh tongue and the 10 perforations placed on the toe… they won’t breath much at all. Air flow is literally non-existent and for someone that doesn’t ever feel that their feet ‘burn up’ or anything then this is fine for me. If you ‘need’ ventilation then you obviously wont enjoy a shoe built this way.
Support – The support will come from the materials and fit… a little support may be provided by the molded midsole as well but other than that… it’s pretty minimal. Again, we’re talking about a 90’s shoe and the type of support we are used didn’t begin to gain traction until the Air Jordan XI’s release which released within the same timeframe as the Kamikaze II actually so that shows you how far advanced Jordan and Nike were back in the day.
I’m excited and reluctant all at the same time. My legs aren’t getting any younger but I’m hoping that everything will be fine.