nike air shake ndestrukt performance reivews
Really? A performance review on a 20 year old shoe? Serious? Ab-so-lutely. Why not? If the Nike Air Shake Ndestrukt was good enough to help Dennis Rodman win rebounding titles and NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls in the late ’90s, it’s good enough for me to hit the court in now. Besides, the two colorways released so far (this one and the black Playoff colorway) have been flying off shelves. So, does the air jordan 32 stand the test of time, or is it a shoe better left in our rainbow-haired, nipple-pierced, Rodman memories? Let’s do this.
Yeah, this is the stuff that haunts other traction patterns’ dreams. A wide herringbone pattern that honestly sticks to any surface that was played on — rubber floor, clean wood, [email protected]$$ 24 Hour fitness courts, and both rough and smooth outdoor concrete courts. It just worked, and even though it isn’t labeled DRC like the original (that was the XDR of the time) it shows little to no signs of wearing out (these photos were all taken after the review was done).
Dust isn’t a problem because of the width between the lines, but the flat blades do grab all the grime and dirt. However, the texture you see on the pattern keeps the Nike Air Shake Ndestrukt from becoming completely slick and sliding. One thing 90’s shoes had down? Traction. It seems like every pattern was good on any court. Of course, they all weighed 62 pounds per pair, but they knew how to endure.
Uh-oh. Traction definitely still holds up, but we have come to our first sign that this is definitely a ’90s shoe. When the Shake Ndestrukt was originally released Zoom was a baby and Max Air was everything (Uptempo, More Uptempo, Pippen 1, etc.). The Shake Ndestrukt uses a visible Air unit in the heel and the forefoot uses…polyurethane.
PU isn’t bad for a cushioning set-up…in 1996. Today, it is definitely behind the times, as it should be. The deal with PU is break-in time. You hear people talk about having to break in Boost or Zoom shoes, but there is nothing like the time it takes to break in a leather/synthetic shoe with a poly midsole. After about six days of wear, the midsole actually felt the same as the first time. Serious — it takes a long time.
The plus is the PU lasts forever, until it oxidizes and crumbles from age. Shock absorption was non-existent in the forefoot, but court feel and response time was actually decent. The harder PU allows your foot to push and immediately respond into the next move, unlike a shoe with softer foam or Air that will have a sinking-in and lag time before getting back to form.
The heel unit does the job and breaks in sooner than the forefoot, which is good. No problems with any jarring or impact injury back there, and housing the Air unit in PU makes the shoe more stable than using a completely exposed Max unit. Plus, there is still something about a window to the soul (sole) of a shoe.
Every retail site says the Nike Air Shake Ndestrukt retro uses a “leather upper with high-top collar for a secure fit.” Now, there may be real leather, especially on the overlay, but it isn’t a completely leather upper. Make no mistake — the materials are still really nice, and the closest you will get to a leather ’90s model. But the rand and toebox are definitely using a synthetic and it’s harder and smoother than the tumbled feel of the overlay wrap. That makes sense — the outer is stiffer for stability while the overlay has to flex and bend with the ankle.
The base of the overlay is old-school ballistic mesh and it is not breathable. This is the stuff the jordan 32 yellow for sale is made of, and while it is durable, it also needs a break in period. Until it does soften up, the lacing system is extremely difficult to get tight enough to play, but more on that in fit.
The lace loops feature metal grommets, which means they are super-durable. But, pull hard enough, and the grommets rip through the leather. Guess how I would know? Yep — second pair on the way. The ankle area is heavily padded and seriously hot, but the feel is great; it wraps completely around your joints and hugs you like that fat aunt at the reunion.
Stay true to size, or even a half size down if you want a super-snug fit once the upper breaks in. Leather stretches, but most synthetics won’t, so if you expect the toebox and rand to move out, think again. In my TTS, I had about a thumb’s width from the end of my toe to the toebox and it was perfect. (For reference, I am a 10.5 in Rose 7, Kobe 11, and Curry 3, with the same space in the length.) Width-wise, wide footers should love the Shake Ndestrukt, as it allows for all foot shapes to wear it.
Now, for lockdown, and as mentioned above, give the shoe a lengthy break-in period. Initially, the upper is stiff and will not wrap around your foot like shoes of today. Stay with it because it gets much better. Once you figure out the lacin