Jordan brand have released the new SuperFly 3 in the Philippines earlier this October. And, for the ballers who have not yet checked it out, here are my initial impressions on the shoe that LA Clippers star Blake Griffin will wear in the upcoming season of the NBA.
Upper part of the shoe: The Flight Web Fit upper looks durable and lighter compared to the upper of the previous versions. Aesthetically, it kinda reminds me of the new CP3 8's upper that provides a stable and tighter fit and nice lock-down support. The only issue on the upper that I felt while wearing the shoe is that it has limited ventilation due to the Flight Web Fit. Good thing the tongue has perforations for minimal airflow and breathability. If your feet don't sweat a lot during ballgames, I don't see any problem arising with regard to the shoes' ventilation.
Midsole: The Superfly 3 only has 1 zoom bag located in the forefoot part and the patented Flight Plate in the heel part. For a quick reference, I played basketball using the very comfortable Superfly 1 and 2, but this time, when I wore the Superfly 3 I didn't experience the comfort and soft cushioning that the previous versions have. It's a bit stiff. Probably, the lightweight materials that were used lessened the thickness of the cushioning, producing a lower to the ground feel.
Outsole: The shoe's outsole resembles the J 28's. It also has a wave-like pattern that produces a nice grip. I tried pushing it against the floor and it didn't slip.
Look on feet and sizing: I recommend that you go half a size up due to the extra tight fit of the Flight Web upper. The front part is also a bit narrow compared to the previous versions, so it will really help if you get half a size up.
Release Date and Price:
The black colorway of the SuperFly 3 has been now out in leading Nike outlets and sports stores in the Philippines since early October. The Price (SRP) of the shoe is 8,195 Php.