blacklotus-blog-logoThe Summer/Fall of 2013 saw plenty of new models and changes in the basketball sneaker world.  Nike changed the release date of the KD to the Summer, while pushing the Kobe line to early 2014.  Adidas continued on with the Rose line and the follow up to the Puremotion technology.  Under Armour continues to plug away bolstering their line up of athletes while adding new concepts to their catalog.  And Reebok showed they still have some legs with performance models based on iconic shoes of the past.  With the market ever growing, the number of color schemes and limited edition shoes was at an all time high this year.  This is definitely a great time for sneaker fans all over the world!  To start 2014, we take a look back at the top performing models of this past Summer/Fall.  Taking the number 9 spot is one of the more anticipated signature shoes of the year.

Before we being, these following performers just missed the cut: Adidas D Howard 4, Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2013, Nike Lebron Zoom Soldier VII, Under Armour Micro G® Torch 2, Jordan CP3.VII.  Also, we did not include the Under Armour Micro G® Charge BB Low and Li-Ning Way Of Wade, as our Performance Reviews did not coincide with their respective release dates.  These would have been the top two shoes of the season.

Nike KD VI - Seat Pleasant

The Nike KD VI

9 – Nike KD VI
One of the biggest shocks of the year was the KD VI.  Not only was the release date pushed up to the Summer (instead of the start of the 2013-2014 season in the Fall), but the design made it arguably the lowest cut Nike Basketball shoe ever made.  Max Air and Zoom are the technological mainstays, which went along with the fixed tongue and asymmetric lacing system.  Performance was characterized by great responsiveness and surprising stability for the very agile shoe.  The KD line might be moving in a different direction, but the performance is always solid.

Jordan Prime.Fly

The Jordan Prime.Fly

8 – Jordan Prime.Fly
With the Super.Fly 2 and Air Jordan XX8 SE taking the spotlight for Jordan Brand this Fall, the Prime.Fly sat quietly in the background.  This performer is built with a leather upper and a low profile Zoom cushioning set up.  Responsive, aggressive, and stable, this shoe makes the number 8 spot for the versatility for all positions.  Jordan Brand has been stellar for the past season, and the Prime.Fly is just another example.  Those looking for a break from the minimal weight performers might want to strap on a pair of these.

Reebok Pumpspective Omni

The Reebok Pumpspective Omni

7 – Reebok Pumpspective Omni
The demise of Reebok Basketball was premature.  Yes they lost their star athlete during the middle of last season.  Yes the Classic line has been more popular than their Performance line.  But, the designers at Reebok did have more up their sleeves.  Based of the iconic Omni Lite, the Pumspective Omin brings back the much hyped and loved Pump technology.  Great court feel, responsiveness, and versatility has Reebok back in business.

Adidas Rose 773 II

The Adidas Rose 773 II

6 – Adidas Rose 773 II
Coming at the number 6 spot is the Summer Adidas Rose model – the 773 II.  After the exceptional performance of the first 773, the II was built off of the Crazyquick platform with the sectionalized outsole.  Synthetic leather adds a base of stability which was lacking in the Crazyquick build.  Performance is fast and aggressive with the signature movement based feel on the court.  The Rose line continues to pump out high performing, quality models and the 773 II is no exception.

Unlike the Winter/Summer, the start of this list is a bit more varied.  Four brands are featured and most significantly, the performance is not similar for each model.  The only major surprise might be the Pumpspective Omni, but the KD and Rose models always find their way to be on the top performance list.  Next is the very competitive top 5, which has very few surprises.  We will reveal them in the next coming days, but before then, be sure and leave your comments and thoughts on the start of this list!

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