The Basketball shoe has gone through so many changes throughout the years. One of the most noticeable changes has been not only in the design/look of it, but in the weight. Back in the late 90s, one of my first basketball shoes were the Scotty Pippens (left picture) and those shoes were heavy! Especially for a 10 year old girl. I thought all shoes were heavy, so I didn’t complain or even notice.
Later, I started using Jordans (right picture), which were also a bit heavy. I have to admit, Jordans weren’t really comfortable for me, but I wore them because of the look and brand. As I kept buying shoes throughout the years I noticed that they were getting lighter and lighter. Why didn’t they make shoes lighter back then? Is it not common sense to make shoes lighter so that we are able to run faster?
Now, I own some Nike Hyperfuse, which are super light compared to all my old basketball shoes. To me, they seem to be made of different materials. My first shoes were very rubbery, heavy and stiff. These on the other hand are very sturdy, comfortable, and light. Shoe makers and designers should always consider making shoes as light as possible and of course making them as good looking as possible.