Last night, Dallas Mavericks phenom Luka Doncic sent Knicks fans home disappointed with a clutch basket that forced overtime. This NBA season has been full of stellar performances from Doncic, and it’s no surprise that his signature Jordan Brand sneaker is ready to join the party. The Jordan Luka 1 Bred colorway is set to drop soon and it’s a fitting tribute to one of the league’s most deceptive players.
The silhouette of the Luka 1 is designed to mirror Doncic’s “deceptive” play on the courts. For a slow guy, he is a very shifty player and this shoe was made to reflect that. The upper features Flightwire frame cables on the lateral side of the upper also help contain the foot while providing support and breathability. Additionally, there are an IsoPlate system with a full-length Formula23 foam insole which provides lightness and responsiveness. As far as looks go, it comes dressed in a Black, University Red, and Dark Grey color scheme that screams sophistication without being too flashy. If you’re interested in grabbing a pair, refer to the details below
Where To Buy The Jordan Luka 1 Bred
- Release Date: 2022-12-30
- Style Code:DN1772-060
- Color:Black / University Red / Dark Grey
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Jordan Luka 1 Bred: Quick Review
Uppers Of The Jordan Luka 1 & Durability
The shoe features a sockliner upper with a three-piece tongue, which means the entire upper is lined in a slipper-like liner underneath, giving two ankle collars for extra lockdown. The tongue is thickly padded to give a secure and snug fit in the shoe, while still providing comfort. In addition, the Luka 1 comes equipped with groundbreaking Flightwire technology, which wraps around the entire foot from the toe where it starts to the heel counter for added lockdown and a snug fit. The one drawback to all of these components is that ventilation may be slightly compromised, thus summertime discomfort is to be expected.
The shoe offers great durability with its Flightwire upper. Though the toe cap guard is relatively thin, it does provide good containment from blunt trauma. When put through the dremel test, the toe cap guard did not fare well, as it was quickly eaten away by it. However, the Flightwire proved to be much more resilient, providing good protection from abrasion, giving the uppers a good score in terms of overall durability. The next more important thing that needs to be looked at is the midsole.
Based on my research, the shoe has three components that make up its midsole. The first is a Phylon carrier at the heel that comprises EVA material. This provides cushioning and bounces back quickly after being compressed, giving the wearer comfort and stability. The second component of the midsole is a Formula 23 foam, which makes up about two-thirds of the midsole and is an injectable phylon component that improves elasticity as well as acts as a crash landing pad for jumps and landings. This foam also helps to absorb shock from impact with the ground, providing extra protection for your joints. Finally, there is an added TPU plate at the forefoot right underneath the Formula 23 foam. This TPU plate provides additional jumpforce to your stride, allowing you to quickly pivot and stop when needed. It also helps to provide stability while jumping or running, reducing strain on your feet while providing support. All these components together are designed to ensure maximum performance in terms of speed and agility while minimizing any damage done to your feet or joints due to impact with the ground. That takes us to our next variable, the traction.
Jordan Luka 1 Outsole: Traction
The shoe has a combination of interesting threads at its bottom which is perfect for any basketball playing surface. It features linear flowing treads, which rise into triangular shapes in the forefoot and then morphs into irregular geometric shapes for the rear foot providing great cutting and stopping power. The rubber on the bottom is made up of individual thin strands which are rolled on shape, giving it a unique look. This particular design gives you optimal speed and pushoff efficiency when you’re on the court. In addition, the rubber sole provides great traction even on colder weathers, making it suitable for outdoor courts as well as indoor surfaces where the shoe won’t stick too much allowing for fluid movement.
How Do They Fit?
For the standard version, it is encouraged to go true to size in keeping with what I’ve seen from different users, see image below
For a thorough breakdown of the shoe, be sure to check out Zach Foot Doctor’s review, see video below