Off-White X Nike Hyperdunk 2017: A hyped up shoe that surprisingly delivers great performance
The Off-White X Nike Hyperdunk 2017 is definitely a shoe worth your money. Aside from the hype and the style that it brings to your daily outfit, the shoe delivers great performance on the court, too.
To start, the Off-White X Nike Hyperdunk is really noisy on the floor. Though noisy screeches from these basketball shoes are not necessarily equivalent to great traction, the shoe delivers consistent bite every time, allowing me to perform a successful stop.
I usually play on slightly dusty courts, and even without wiping the outsole clean after a number of games played, they are still able to provide a strong grip on the floor. The circular pattern on the outsole also helps cover multiple directions, which is a plus when you're a player who uses techniques which rely heavily on footwork or quick stops.
The outsole on the Off-White X Nike Hyperdunk is translucent, which I usually prefer over solid white-colored ones; these translucent ones, based on my experience, are more durable and effective. The black Nike Hyperdunk FK 2017 with a solid white outsole, for example, required me to consistently wipe the outsole to get the same grip. That’s a little more effort you spend to keep your shoes biting on the court.
The Nike React cushioning technology is featured in this version of the Nike Hyperdunk, while its predecessors utilized Zoom. The cushioning did feel a bit stiff at first, but after a few games, I could feel occasional bounces on my steps and take-offs.
I would say this type of cushioning could be compared to your "guardian angel". You can't see or feel it that much but it's there to help you. That's what I got from this React cushioning setup.
My playstyle is a bit dynamic and athletic, and I love going up high for a rebound or a potential block on the opponent's layup. This requires me to be equipped with a shoe that provides great impact protection whenever I land, and the Nike Hyperdunk does the job well. In my experience, I didn't feel any aches or pains on the shin area (where I usually feel pain after jumping too much), after playing in the shoes.
High-flyers, "boardmen", and big men would definitely appreciate this cushioning setup.
Virgil Abloh really reconstructed the Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit well, as his creation not only works for fashion but also for on-court battles. I really like the Nike Flyknit setup on the Hyperdunk as the tech is built for breathability without sacrificing strength in holding up your feet.
The original Nike Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit features a full flyknit upper; in this Off-White edition of the shoe, the toe area and the back part of the Flyknit are covered by a thin layer of engineered mesh. I do not consider this as a hindrance but a great help to strengthen the flyknit setup on these areas.
The Off-White X Nike Hyperdunk 2017 fits true to size and this would work for wide footers, compared to the engineered mesh setup (a cheaper alternative of the Flyknit setup) which I would recommend wide footers to go a half size up.
Lockdown is ensured in this flyknit setup, with the laces just providing the right amount of help to keep your feet in place. Abloh also added a plastic velcro strap system to the shoe, which is not present in the original version of the Hyperdunk. Why I like this addition to the design is that the strap does not interfere with the performance of the shoe, instead, it even improves the lockdown the shoe already delivers.
In the engineered mesh version of the Nike Hyperdunk 2017, an external heel counter was present. This was absent on the Flyknit version. What the Flyknit setup has in lieu of the external heel counter is an internal cushion counter that cuddles the heel.
The cushion is not too soft, with just the right amount of stiffness to support your heel without straining it while you play. The add-on thin layer of engineered mesh on the back part plays in here as it also contributes to the strength of support the shoe provides.
It is also worthy to note the support provided by the midsoles and outsoles of the shoes. The rounded outriggers may look weird for some, but these are actually effective in keeping your feet safe from accidental rolls. These also offer a wide platform for stability without affecting your movement on the court.
Overall + Score (92/100)
The Off-White X Nike Hyperdunk 2017 is definitely a shoe worth your money. Aside from the hype and the style it brings to your daily outfit, the shoe delivers great performance on the court too.
The traction, materials, and support make these basketball shoes from Nike a potential favorite. Of all the features, I would say the cushioning still has a lot of room for improvement. Though I believe it does work for impact protection, I would want to feel a bit more bounce from the cushion setup; the kind of bounce that lets you know there's actually a cushion system under your feet.
Overall, with a score of 92, I would recommend the shoe. Getting it at retail price or close would be a great deal, as prices for all Off-White collaborations with Nike have soared since their releases.