Who should buy the New Balance TWO WXY
This basketball shoe from New Balance is going to be appreciated by the following:
- Guards who like low-profile sneakers that provide a lot of energy return
- Basketball players whose games are mostly indoors
- Athletes who want basketball shoes that can also double as a lifestyle sneaker
Who should NOT buy this NB shoe
Heel strikers are definitely not the targets of the New Balance TWO WXY. As said, this shoe doesn't offer a lot of impact protection and is designed more for guards who want to feel the floor more. The New Balance Kawhi is equipped with better cushioning.
Outdoor hoopers are not going to be happy with the TWO WXY as well. They are better off with the OMN1s, still from New Balance.
It's a data-driven grip indeed
New Balance relies on data and scientific analysis to come up with an outsole pattern that consistently delivers multi-directional traction necessary for quick cuts, jabs, and direction changes. The outsole of the New Balance TWO WXY had a pretty consistent grip on indoor courts, even the mildly dusty ones.
The TWO WXY delivers strategic support
Kinetic Stitch, a proprietary upper technology, makes sure that the shoe delivers support where it's needed the most. This technology restrains the heel area and both sides of the shoe well.
Every step gets sufficiently energized
The shoe designers at New Balance equipped the TWO WXY with its FuelCell foam that helps players swiftly get past opponents and propel them right to the basket. This midsole tooling is going to be enjoyed by quick guards because it us low to the ground and it delivers a lot of court feel.
However, this shoe does not provide that much cushioning against hard strikes. Also, each step isn't as smooth as desired because it lacks a bit of curve on the heel,
The upper is made of materials that are light and nice
The upper is made of a flexible and comfortable material that provides enough support to the foot without jeopardizing breathability. This makes this shoe good if you are looking for a sneaker that you can wear for the whole day at school and/or work.
Also, at 12.24 oz (347 g), this shoe definitely feels light on foot.
The New Balance TWO WXY definitely dishes out the looks
Basketball athletes and casual wearers agree that this shoe is really eye-catching. They don't have qualms wearing it when they are out on gigs.
This New Balance shoe is NOT for outdoor use
The New Balance TWO WXY is not the best option for hard action on concrete and asphalt, which are what outdoor courts are typically made of. If you want this shoe to last long, it will be best to just use it for indoor games.