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Nike AlphaDunk Performance Review

In the past 10 years, Hyperdunk has received a great deal of glory and reputation. It fulfilled its  mission of succession. Now its time had had gone and it is AlphaDunk  turn to dominate a big part of the sneaker market. AlphaDunk finally took over the banner of Nike team shoes from Hyperdunk. For AlphaDunk, it’s not just a beginning, but it needs to conquer the hearts of the fans. So why not have a look and see how it can “capture” our hearts?

At the first glance, I had thought it to be James’ signature shoe because the Air Knit woven upper is almost identical to that of the LeBron 15 . But surely it is an illusion. The overall look of the sneaker has changed into rounder and heavier rather than the slenderness of the Hyperdunk series.

Looking at the front, the Air Knit woven upper shows an uneven appearance and it feels a bit tough resulting from the hardness of the materials.

The side view of the upper part of the shoe is aesthetic as well. But you may change another color of sock to match the shoe if you are not in favor of this collocation. The oversized Zoom Bag cushion on the forefoot gives us a shocking visual effect and it is full of temptation. Isn’t?!

At the heel, the red hooks across the heel forms a sharp contrast with the silver  color scheme. And for the sake of a comfortable experience, AlphaDunk uses Air Knit woven upper. But because the upper has no elasticity, you may not have any obvious feelings the minute you put the shoes on. It requires some time breaking and getting used to it. Besides, the AlphaDunk weighs a lot more than the previous version of Hyperdunk X. After all, AlphaDunk equips with more excellent tech.

However, to tell the truth, after I put the shoes on, I decided that I must take off immediately instead of going on wearing them because the upper is too low, which is not very friendly to my feet. But after a day’s wearing, the pressure on the forefoot upper is relieved and I have to admitted that it is not bad.

For the size, you can just choose the one that you usually use. It fits snugly well and my feet fit the upper very well too. And there is simply no difficulty in wearing and taking off. Having the Zoom Bag cushion, which is oversized in the forefoot midsole and easy to be bent, a single shoe weighs only 80 grams more than the Hyperdunk X.

In terms of wrapping and support, the Air Knit woven upper is  very nice and the personal wear feeling is comparable to the fabric upper. At the heel, there is a  layer of leather reinforcement  and the support for the ankle is ensured. And even if under the case of  the absence of the inner boots, the wrapping can still be felt and is sufficient.

The Air Knit woven upper requires some time to get used to it: the front part of the shoe is relatively low and the toe has very  limited space for movement inside the shoe. After tightening the laces, you will feel the pressure of the upper all placed on  your instep. And although the thickness of the foam padding in the heel part is of average level, you can  still feel the binding effect from the heel.

By touching the upper, you can know that the Air Knit woven upper is much harder than the ordinary woven surface, and the support of the upper is basically equivalent to the fabric upper. The heel, which is reinforced with leather material, can give the ankle a strong support effect. When there are landing and breakthroughs, you are to obviously feel your feet retain very stable inside the shoe. To some extent, you can feel your feet stay steady in the shoe under any circumstance.

As for the outsole, it is made of rubber and the forefoot adapts an oval water ripple design whereas the rear part is a horizontally distributed grain. Reasonably, designs as such won’t have any slippery problems, but the real performance of this one just turned out to be very average. You can  clearly see that in the process of breaking through, the shoe directly slipped. But there is one advantage; that is the shoe’s wear-resistant performance is nice resulting from the crystal rubber.

After many emergency stop tests,  AlphaDunk in the field isn’t able to stop timely either. And even if there is a factor in the field itself, the performance can not satisfy fans as well.

Just looking at the Zoom Bag air cushion that fills the entire forefoot, it seems the nice feeling can be felt through the pictures alone. However, is the big and thick air cushion really good? Or in other words, the bigger and thicker, the better? Absolutely, it isn’t always the case. The oversized air cushion is mixed bless. First of all, in the light of consumers, many of whom can not feel the feedback for those people are too light. And then the energy return seems not sufficient for heavy players. All these factors mean that the shoe is destined to be suitable only for a specific group of people.


AlphaDunk is the successor of the Hyperdunk series and it will be a new series of the basketball field. I know there are still some downsides of the shoe, there are also many nice respects for you to search for. Anyway, it is still growing and we should face it with an inclusive mindset and above all, I hope it will continue to grow into a team shoe that suits everyone.