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Hello all. I wear basketball shoes that have great cushioning, durable uppers etc but one big drawback – the sole does not flex (clunky Max Zoom unit prevents this). What are the mobility consequences of this for the foot, lower leg and possibly higher up? Kaitlin, can you weigh in on this?
lack of toe splay: Your toes should be spread out, not really touching each other. So the toe box on the shoe is very tight causing things like bunions.
After hearing about the negative consequences of wearing high heel shoes from KStarr,etc, I’ve always wondered what basketball players should do. Basically all of the players, including pro, wear these types of shoes. Do you know of any particular shoe for ball or have any other insights about this?
Lucas, there’s another post in the forum (just look for the “shoes” tag) that touts the benefits of the Kobe line. I might try to cop the Kobe 9 low this weekend, even though they’re ludicrously overpriced and the colorway (yellow, nice!) is ugly.
Changing shoes is a tough endeavor, especially if you’ve been wearing the typical type of shoes that are out there today. Practically all of them have heels which tip you forward and way too narrow toe boxes which mash your feet together. Then the cushioning aspect means that you lose some natural ability to absorb force and rely on the cushion to do it. All of the stuff that Daniel Matrone has said appears.
here is a great resource on feet problems and their product Correct Toes is excellent. I fixed my problems with them and they are so simple:
I sold the old shoes on eBay and splashed on a pair of the new Kobe 9 EMs. What a difference! I think the true sign of a good shoe is one that you forget you’re wearing – this is what I’m getting with the new shoes, vs the feeling of lugging around two lumps of concrete. Probably didn’t hurt that I mobilized quads, gastroc, hamstrings etc over the previous 24 hours before the wear test. As I typically wear Converse All Stars and Merrell Barefoot shoes the transition was easy. I highly recommend people who play hoops to find a shoe that allows the foot to be the foot, not a pivot point for a clunky piece of leather or plastic.