Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $230
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Summary

We spent 9.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

11 reasons to buy

  • According to the majority of the reviews, the shoe runs true to size and the fit is superb.
  • The available colorways of this shoe are appreciated by most purchasers.
  • Many reviewers cited how stylish the Foamposite Pro is. It can be worn on the basketball court and in casual wear.
  • Some users received a lot of compliments when they wear the shoe. They said that the shoe turn heads everywhere they go.
  • The shoe doesn’t scuff off easily as mentioned by some purchasers.
  • The shoe is expensive, but most buyers said that it is worth every penny.
  • Many were satisfied that the shoe looked better in actual than in the photos.
  • There are many colorway options for this shoe.
  • The shoe met and exceeded most buyers’ expectations, especially when comfort is concerned.
  • Most reviews noted that the Foamposite Pro is easy to clean.
  • The shoe has good traction for basketball as mentioned by some purchasers.

8 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of reviews mentioned that the Nike Air Foamposite Pro is heavy.
  • Some felt uncomfortable the first time they wore their pairs.
  • The break in period of this shoe takes quite some time, according to most reviews.
  • Most purchasers said that they had a hard time obtaining a pair since the Foamposite Pro is one of those popular shoes with highly anticipated releases.
  • The shoe is not breathable according to some reviews.
  • Buyers with wide feet commented that the shoe is narrow and a half size larger would be a perfect fit.
  • Some reviewers commented that the bottom part of the shoe turns yellow after wearing it several times.
  • The pairs received by some online buyers were defective or poorly made. There were dents and excess glue all over the shoes.

Bottom line

Unquestionably one of the most well-known Nike Basketball shoes of all time, the Nike Air Foamposite Pro is a collector’s item. It is pricey and could get a lot more expensive in resale, but with its quality, aesthetics, comfort, and popularity, every penny spent is most probably going to be worth it, as said by the majority of buyers.

One of the two silhouettes that debuted the Nike Foamposite technology, and being such a successful variant, it is no wonder that many sneakerheads and casual consumers anticipate each of its releases even 20 years after its original release. However, some items from online purchases were received with minor flaws. Such poorly made items make buyers question the quality check process being made by Nike before sending out the products to the market. 

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Nike Air Foamposite Pro History

Nike Basketball introduced its Foamposite technology in 1997 through the Nike Air Foamposite One and the Nike Air Foamposite Pro. Both were designed by Eric Avar, but what distinguished the two models apart is the large Swoosh logo on the sides and the lack of any 1CENT logo on the Foamposite Pro. The Foamposite One, one the other hand, was debuted by NBA star Penny Hardaway and bears the athlete’s 1CENT logo on the tongue and back heel.

The Nike Foamposite design was inspired by a beetle insect. The Foamposite One was originally intended for Scottie Pippen and not Penny Hardaway. Back in 1997, the concept behind the Foamposite was quiet next to impossible and Nike had issues dealing in its manufacturing process. Fortunately, the South Korean TV and car company Daewoo came to rescue and played an important role in the development of the shoe.

On its initial release, the price of the Foamposites was expensive at $180 in retail mainly due to the expensive production cost. A single mold alone for these shoes were valued at around $750,000. The hefty price tag resulted in a difficulty in selling and the shoes had to be put on sale just to attract buyers.

Of the two silhouettes, the Foamposite Pro was the first one to retro in seven colorways in 2001. The Foamposite One retroed six years after and only in four colorways.  Both silhouettes will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2017.

Nike Air Foamposite Pro Style

The Nike Air Foamposite Pro is a basketball shoe with distinguishable foam upper and large Swoosh logo on the sides. Wearers rock their Foamposite Pro not only in the court, but also in casual wear. Many colorways are available to choose from, but each colorway surely turns heads everywhere.

Fit & Sizing

The Nike Air Foamposite Pro is available in men’s sizes ranging from 6 to 15, half sizes included. It generally runs true to size and it provides plenty of ankle support.

Notable Features

The Nike Air Foamposite Pro’s most notable features are the large Swoosh logos located on its sides and the foam upper material. The foam is made from a liquid boiled at a temperature of 130 - 175°F and subsequently molded, cooled, and solidified. The shoe also uses carbon fiber midfoot support plate, a full-length Zoom Air sole unit, and a full-length “Dynamic Fit” inner sleeve.

Additional Info

  • While the Nike Air Foamposite Pro and the Nike Air Foamposite One are two of the most renowned Nike shoes featuring the Foamposite technology, there are also several Nike shoes that feature this technology. Some of these are the Air Penny III, the Total Air Foamposite Max, the Air Flightposite, the Air Pureposite, the Air Flightposite II, the Clogposite, the Jumpman Team Masterpiece, the Trainerposite, and many others.
  • The Foamposite Pro is also available in various sizes such as Big Kid, Little Kid, Toddler, and Infant Gift Pack.
  • The Foamposite’s two silhouettes, the Foamposite One and the Foamposite Pro, will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2017. To commemorate this, several colorways have been released and others will be released throughout the year.
  • Juelz Santana, T.I., Andre Drummond, D’Angelo Russell, Q-Tip, DeMar DeRozan, and Marshawn Lynch are some celebrities were seen wearing the Nike Air Foamposite Pro.