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French professional basketball player Tony Parker left the Swoosh and signed with the prestigious Chinese shoe brand Peak in 2013. His endorsement deal is worth between $2.6 and $4 million. The Peak TP 3 was released in March 2016 at $120.
The shoe model comes with the GRADIENTdual and Cushion-3 technologies in the midsole. These are cushioning setups that provide court feel and responsiveness fit for speedy players like Tony Parker. The synthetic leather upper is paired with mesh for a durable and breathable ride. The traction is solid and works well on clean courts. The TP 3 receives stellar feedback for the ankle cushioning.
Other famous brands also offer shoes of the same or even better caliber. The Jordan brand has Russell Westbrook’s 2nd signature shoe. In 2018, Puma Hoops released the Clyde Court Disrupt. Recently, Damian Lillard’s 5th Adidas shoe slowly release meaningful colorways.
Cushion. The midsole of the TP 3 features two technologies: GRADIENTdual at the forefoot and Cushion-3 at the heel. The GRADIENTdual is a setup of three-layered foam. It provides exemplary responsiveness and court feel.
The Cushion-3 is one of the older technologies of the company. According to Peak Sport, the technology has “three materials – shock-absorbing ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) in the middle heel, an energy storage system (ESS) material below the EVA, and a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) window in the outsole – [that] create a stage-by-stage shock-absorption process. During landing, the impact force on the heel is absorbed by the EVA and ESS materials through deformation; the enclosed air pressure and the ESS material then work to reverse the deformation quickly, bringing the material back to its original state and applying vertical force.”
Traction. The outsole of the Peak TP 3 is solid rubber at the heel and translucent rubber at the forefoot area. The wavy herringbone traction pattern provides a phenomenal court grip on clean and indoor courts. The multidirectional footwork of the wearer is supported by the outrigger and the traction pattern. It prevents ankle roll injuries.
Length and Width. The Peak TP 3 runs narrow, so users who want a little more space should make the necessary adjustments.
Lockdown. The Peak TP 3 uses the standard lacing system. By tightening the shoelaces in the midfoot area, a snug fit is achieved. The ankle collar has a thick and plush foam padding which gives a comfortable hug on the ankles. The rear of the shoe is reinforced by an external heel counter. It prevents heel slippage during both lateral and linear movements of the wearer.
The upper of the Peak TP 3 boasts the COOLfree technology. It is a combination of perforated synthetic leather and mesh. The synthetic leather provides an overall durability to the shoe. The overlays on the forefoot provides durability, which is necessary for occasional toe drags.
The Peak TP 3 is a mid-top shoe with company logos on the lateral side and on the tongue. To signify that the shoe is part of Tony Parker’s series, a “PARKER” callout is located in the forefoot area. His signature and jersey number are embossed on the outsole. His dainty logo is located on the heel cup of the shoe.
The third Peak signature shoe of Tony Parker comes in different colorways wearers can enjoy:
- Metallic Silver
- Navy Marine