ThePostGame had a chance to test-drive the Nike/Jordan Brand Super.Fly 4, and here are the impressions from one staffer:
Iâ€™ve never been able to dunk. When I heard I had a chance to try out the new Super.Fly 4, Blake Griffin's shoe, I starting thinking ... What if?...
Then I remembered I'm 5-8 with no hops.
While my challenge to get air was more genetic, Jordan Brand's challenge was to design a shoe for a 6-10, 250-pound freak athlete like Blake Griffin. That meant providing enough support, cushioning and flexibility to allow Griffin to do all the things he needs to do on the court.
When I first put on the shoe, the first thing that struck me was the weight. The way it looks was not the way it felt. It was extremely light, almost like a running shoe. As I ran up and down the court, my feet never felt heavy. My toes were comfortable in the forefoot but still felt like it had my locked in so I could push off and move on the court with ease. The herringbone outsole provides great on-court traction every player needs (even me) and the Zoom Air unit provided enough cushioning for every step, jump and rebound.
The look of the shoe pops right away. The colors include black and green, and it's an homage Marvin the Martian from Space Jam. It's the 20th anniversary of the film, and Marvin the Martian was an big part of the campaign in 1995 when he lost to Bugs Bunny in an intergalactic game of hoops. Of course, Bugs Bunny won that battle which made me wonder why Blake would want to wear something in honor of the guy who lost.