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This 2018 And 1 Tai Chi is a re-release version of the original Tai Chi launched in 1999. It became famous when Vince Carter wore a pair of And 1 Tai Chi during the popular Dunk Contest. The re-released version basically has all the features found on the OG model except for the new herringbone pattern seen on the outsole.
These yin and yang-inspired basketball shoes come with a two-toned color scheme. The most popular one being the red and white.
Cushion. The AND 1 Tai Chi utilizes a compression-molded EVA midsole. It enhances in-shoe cushioning and promotes a stable ride all throughout the game. The material also offers ample foot protection against impacts.
Traction. These basketball shoes feature an abrasion-resistant outsole with herringbone tread pods. They deliver maximum traction on basketball court surfaces. For torsional and medial support, these shoes are fitted with an anodized TPU shank.
Length and Width. Several comments say that the And 1 Tai Chi runs small. Potential buyers are recommended to go one half to a full size up when buying these shoes. Wide footed-players may find them comfortable to wear as it has enough room width-wise.
Lockdown. The And 1 Tai Chi features a central lacing system with an integrated lace guard in the middle of the tongue.
The upper of the AND 1 Tai Chi uses a combination of two premium materials - pebbled leather and nubuck. The tongue is made of a mesh-based material that promotes breathability and ventilation.
The And 1 Tai Chi comes with strategically positioned overlays to complete the shoe’s classic, form-fitting profile. The And 1 callouts are seen on the lateral side as well as at the back of the heel. Like the original version, the shiny metallic plates are placed on both sides of the shoe.
The AND 1 Tai Chi is released in a variety of basic and special colorways. Below are some of them:
- Pitch Black/Rich Gold
- Pale Green/Orange Gum
- Black/Silver Grey/Teal Blue
Bait x And 1 Tai Chi “Blue Apple”
This And 1 Tai Chi colorway is the first collaboration between Bait and the legendary basketball sneaker brand. The color combination used on these basketball shoes is composed of Bait’s signature Blue Apple. The vibrant two-toned upper sits on top of a simple ivory midsole and a subdued tan outsole. This color combination is a signifier of Bait’s identity.
And 1 Tai Chi “Dunk Contest”
The original yin and yang-inspired red and white colorway returns in the form of the And 1 Tai “Dunk Contest” colorway. This was the same color blocking that Vince Carter wore during the famous Dunk Contest in 2000 that had put the And 1 Tai Chi on the map.
And 1 Tai Chi “Lance Stephenson” PE
These special edition basketball shoes pay tribute to Indiana Pacer’s Lance Stephenson. Its white and dark yellow upper rests atop a black-speckled midsole. The phrase “born ready” in yellow is found on the lateral side near the heel. The “And 1” callout, also in yellow, is present on the lateral side of the lacing system. With Stephenson’s visage on the upper part of the tongue and interesting design on the internal lining, this pair of shoes is definitely a unique addition to the already iconic roster of And 1 Tai Chi basketball sneakers.
And 1 Tai Chi Charlotte Hornets
Another pair of And 1 Tai Chi “Lance Stephenson” PE shoes feature the Charlotte Hornet hardwood pattern on its lateral side panel. It comes in black and teal color combination with contrast laces in the same color combo as the shoes. The upper is set on top of a black outsole.