Now that I’ve completed my 40+ on-court hours in the Air Jordan 2012, I can finally get back to the sneakers that I had already begun testing.
Traction on the Zoom Kobe VII has been great overall. I have zero complaints with it whatsoever which is strange for me as I usually find something that I dislike about the traction… at least a small section of it, however, this time I can’t say anything bad about it at all.
Obviously my favorite part is the herringbone but the triangular pattern has worked very well against quick sudden stops and changes in direction.
One issue I have been having has been with their lack of heel lockdown. The Zoom Kobe IV offered good heel lockdown while the Zoom Kobe V offered great heel lockdown… leaving the Kobe VI somewhere in between until the insole molds to your foot. With the Zoom Kobe VII I can get my heel to stay put at all.
When the midsoles are not in place, the heel is very nicely padded and has a sculpted heel much like the Zoom Kobe V.
Once you insert the midsole the dynamics change greatly and it has been a disappointment. The lip (or rim) of the midsoles aren’t very thick but they are just thick enough to counteract the sculpted heel. Your heel is almost in-line with the rest of the interior which in turn doesn’t allow the padding to really cup your Achilles/ heel region the way it should. I have thought about cutting away the lip on the midsoles numerous times now but I have ruined more pairs of shoes within the last few months out of curiosity that I don’t want to risk doing it again… but I might… who knows.
The upper itself is very durable and flexible yet that lip from the midsole restricts some of that flex as it comes above the exterior midsole (shell) which make for an awkward ride while transitioning from heel to toe.
This is the first time I have played in a Kobe and not been satisfied… which irritates me a bit as I feel the Kobe VII is the best looking of the series at this point.
Stay tuned for more as I may end up doing a third performance teaser with these since there have been a few issues with them that may or may not be able to be resolved.