May 10, 2012 BY Aaron Hope / 72
It’s safe to say by this point, that Blake Griffin will forever be inextricably tied to the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011. Blake broke out onto the national stage at last year’s dunk contest, debuted the Hyperdunk 2011 in his rookie ASG appearance the following night, then proceeded to posterize half of the league in the shoe before they could even get a pair. And because he was the first on board with the current model, Griffin also got a ‘Galaxy’ PE this year, in addition to standout colorways like the ‘Blake Show’ and Supreme-level player exclusives. With all this mutual success in the rear view, it wasn’t at all shocking when Blake suited up with the Hyperdunk 2011 Elite for the Clippers’ playoff run, but what’s happened in that series has been unexpected to say the least.
A series marked by blown leads, remarkable comebacks and a couple of dangerous dark horse championship contenders took another turn on Wednesday night at FedEx Forum. The Memphis Grizzlies avoided blowing another game and forced the series back to Los Angeles, where Blake Griffin switches back to a white ‘home’ Hyperdunk Elite not just to match the Clippers’ white home unis. Blake’s tendency to get punished by the opposing team continued as 265lb Grizz center Marc Gasol (who ironically enough, was also wearing Hyperdunk Elites after switching from the same Air Max Fly By Griffin rocked during his dunk contest win) plodded onto Griffin’s left foot, causing an awkwardly trapped ankle and a torn toe on the black ‘away’ edition.
This is a case where the substantial performance advantages conferred by modern synthetics can quickly turn into reminiscing on the durability of an ‘old fashioned’ postseason sneaker like the just-retroed Air Jordan XII ‘Playoffs’. But if the past is any indication, this modest setback will likely result in further innovation in Beaverton’s most famous kitchen in the name of addressing such issues. The Grizzlies and Clippers have also demonstrated they know all about that old what-doesn’t-kill-you adage during this series; which of your basketball sneakers has proved the most durable over the years?
It's either A. They start making the shoes out of liquid steel or some other-worldly shit.. B. Just have a one-week span where Nike sells the Elite series for 25% markdown that'll ease the pain throughout the sneaker community... C. Buy some Melo's I've never had issues with em before & they're pretty durable as well..
That's why they have pe's and gen release you ignorant f's. His ripped because of the pressure, do you have that much pressure On your sneakers on a daily basis? The answer is no, funny thing is most of you complaining are the ones camping out for these nike's or j's, so shut up and contribute to nike's wealth because that's what you are going to do anyways, and as for wearing reebok to style because most of you don't ball, good luck with your kamikazees lmfao. If you can't afford 200 bucks or 250 for a pair of quality good looking sneakers then get a better job or career, yeesh!
Most of you guys won't even touch a basketball and are still complaining of how cheap the materials are, you guys mostly wear sneakers to floss or just try to look good with some jeans or shorts and go to the club with some hyperdunks or lebron, even jays. So stop bitching and complaining abOut the materials you damn hype beasts let it go.
Adidas makes durable shoes and I like the shoes adidas is putting out overall more than Nike. The Derrick Rose thing was a bad way to land. Jason Petrie should have kept quite.
Leo Chang is a teriible designer. I haven't liked a single shoe and neither have any people I know who owned the shoes he designed. The 2011 fits nice but its so clunky and that makes it feel heavy. $200 with all these materials like kevlar you better have a hood design. The design of this shoe is flawed. They need Ken Link to do Nike Basketball and collaborate with Eric Avar, they'd make way better shoes.
yesterday I was at the mall and they had a pair of these I touched the material and immediately thought this feels like it could stretch out and break LOL how crazy
That's the reason I don't look at that hyperfuse crap. I mean come on folks they even look cheap as hell and these are going for $200 SMH.
This is what happens when people ask for lighter and lighter bball shoes...something has to be compromised to make it lighter, and for a lot of shoes it's durability/shear resistance. Its just a lightweight material with nothing but Flywire underneath it...not like the thicker leather from back in the day (that some people have already said, even then they used to rip)
if you havent touched the hyperdunk elites.... you wouldnt fully understand how that happened.. they feel like strong thinly laminated paper
qutoe nike: "Lighter than air, stronger than steal" might as well say "as light as steel, as strong as air"
So much for this hyperfuse and flywire super strength crap they've been saying. Lebron's pop in a bad way and these joints ripping? Nike should get off the BS now and tell us they've been cutting costs. And get the hell out of my face with that flyknit mesh as a casual sneaker. It rains in Nike HQ Beaverton a lot. Why the hell would you wear something paper thin?!
let this be a lesson..... nike is full of shit now, selling bad quality like they are indestructible
Them shoes definitley aint worth $200 if im payin $200 for some Elites atleast make sure the shoes have elite quality! they better stand the test of times shyt i can but a 4th generation ipdod touch for $200 lol
llloolll nike wanted us buyers/customers to pay fucking 200+ for them nike kiss my black ass your not hustling me bitch
If you really think about it and leave all the hatred behind, this shoe just SAVED Clippers' franchise player! The pounds of force generated by Blake and Marc were tremendous at that moment. He would be badly injured in some super lightweight shoes.
"durability of an old fashioned post season sneaker" LMAO sneakernews you're right the white leather on the og 12s was much more durable than the red leather on the black / red versions
The upper on the Elites only have 2 layers, regular Hyperdunks have 4. Petrie explained why in an interview which I can't be bothered quoting. I'm not defending Nike's quality, but they weren't designed to survive a tug of war between two guys over 250lb.
yeah you guys wish you had the power and leaping ability to tear your hyperdunks. the commom baller wont have to worry about this seeing as they are nowhere near the PRO level blake is at. shit happens.
Kevlar and carbon fiber, there cheaper shoes at Nike never did this, nice the expensive shoes do this, I'm sure it's happened before but damn, elites
Am I the only one who think this article is totally too long and disorganized? I dont know why hyperdunk galaxy and AJ playoff12s name appeared on this article.
Was watching the game as this happend, & thought to myself.. "This is definitely gonna be on a few sneaker websites tomorrow" I believe Shaq or Charles quoted "can I have that shoe so I can put it on Ebay" lol
to be fair you must realize those are 2 guys who are at least 6'10 275. and hit foot was stepped on. its made from plastic not leather
I saw that last night and couldn't believe it. 200 dollars for a sneaker that if someone steps on my foot and I pull it away there's a possibility my big toe might start waving hi to everyone? Definitely not a good look Nike. By next week you'll see a Hyperdunk Supreme Elite or something smh
Are elites supposedly made stronger. If some thing like that happens on the court what does that make the gen releases? For a $200 performance shoe that shouldn't happen. Nike claimed the elites were a very strong and light shoe that justified the price. But seeing what happened on national TV, it made the sneaker community a little suspect. When griffin wore the $125 hyperdunks it never tore and ive seen all clippers n lakers games this season so i definitely know. And when sneaker heads purchase those hyped shoes it's more about casual wear vs performance.
Fascinating. I'm no physicist, but when you consider the massive force needed to cause that tear, had it not been 'released' at that point, might one of Griffin's left leg joints been forced to bear the brunt of the impact?
Which means lessen the material resulting low quality and raise the price for being a lightweight shoe? Right lol
With Gasol's putting all his weight on his left leg, right on Griffin's toe, the PSI would have been way up there. If Griffin had turned a bit more to his right and Gasol had stayed on his foot a fraction longer I'm guessing his ankle would have been shot.
You could read the interview where he explains the difference between the uppers and the reasoning. But you won't. You're one of those people who would rather be angry, misinformed and follow a mob than think for yourself.