This section of Charlie's Commentary discusses his "serious shoes." (Some would quibble about the terminology "serious sneakers." I'm not fussy.)
There are several distinct positions taken by athletic shoes in the "mobility versus stability" debate:
Since the debate rages on in my head every time I go work out, I have at least one favorite in each category.
Put these light,
responsive shoes on your feet, lace them up, and have at it! The JORDAN Brand "Air
Jordan Trainer" was the real JORDAN Brand surprise, particularly for those expecting
"Yet Another Basketball Shoe With Michael's Last Name." The Air Jordan Trainer
bears more of a "fit and feel" resemblance to the (rarely seen) men's fitness
Air Structure shoe, or even the Air Reversal wrestling shoe, than
it does a basketball shoe. (They're not designed to play basketball Just Like Mike, just
work out Just Like Mike.)
I like these Nike shoes a lot. They have a lot of shock absorption but they
don't have the heavy feeling of many basketball shoes. My co-worker Jim always makes a face at them because they're Charles Barkley's
shoes and he's no Barkley fan. (I'm not certain Jim's figured out that Charles Barkley
doesn't wear number 34 any more.)
I've seen people who
call these "high tops." In my opinion, they're probably 99% of the way to
I like these
shoes. They are light and well-cushioned, but without the "walking on a wobbly rubber
platform" sensation I get from some running shoes. The Air Max Triax
used to be my favorite, but no more... the 620's are more comfortable!
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