Nike SB Paul Rodriguez 9 Elite Shoes
The all new Paul Rodriquez 9 is an exercise in technical excellence from Nike SB. Advanced and utterly progressive.
Visually, Swoosh is woven in to the actual jacquard knit. A first for SB. While the seam weld is black tonal reflective, sparkling under light. Signature Paul Rodriguez labelling to tongue and embossed to the heel.
Like P-Rod's skating, his latest signature shoe is technical and precise. He himself has a personal mantra of always progressing in his skating and so applies this to the design process also.
Skateboarding is one of, if not the most, impact heavy sports on the feet and body. In recognising this Nike SB and Rodriguez have opened themselves up to release the most skate specific designs in the world. Though aesthetically maintaining a low profile and extremely light shoe, unbelievably so considering the features packed in.
Starting from the inside out, the insole is highly structured. This holds the foot in shape, offering great arch and heel support and being made entirely of cushioning memory foam. It has a hexagonal structured Zoom Air cushion with in the heel (pop it out to see) which really absorbs shock where needed. The fore of the insole is perforated with hexagonal channel pattern running beneath the foot. This supports air movement beneath the foot, helping keep it cool.
Exterior sole unit itself has integral hexagonal Zoom Air units, within the heel and the balls of the foot. Visible through the crystal gum tread, lending another layer of impact protection. The translucent formula gum is wear resistant and coupled with multi directional pattern casting, offering supreme grip through all movement.
Engineered jacquard woven textile quarter panels of the upper, are weld attached to strong suede single piece vamp and heel panels. Keeping the it light, breathable and strong where vulnerable. The whole of this structuring means that there are no protruding seam to catch on grip, giving a truer uniform surface. Engineered mesh tongue is integrally attached, highly flexible and highly ventilating. Collar is mesh lined and memory foam padded, giving comfort and shielding.
Even the fastening of the shoes is forward thinking. The laces are kept to the centre of the shoe, keeping exposure to grip tape to a minimum. Most interestingly perhaps; Nike's Firewire cabling leads internally from the lace right to the sole, helping the entire shoe hold the foot and be singularly connected.
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