Today we take a look at the star chevron brand's latest entry to its basketball line: The Converse MVP Mid. This is the first time Converse will benefit the flywire technology from it's sister brand. The MVP mid, along with the all star legend mid are the star chevron brand's releases for this basketball season.
As of present, we
have seen several sneaker companies share their technologies from other
brands, be it their sister companies or not. We have seen Reebok's
Zigtech soles develop a twin with Adidas CC series. Numerous training
brands such as New Balance and Merell adapt it's soles from Vibrams.Then
Converse's new trainer, the Auckland Racer remix also had it's
collaboratory treatment from it's mother company with a Nike Free esque
So far, most inter brand performance sneaker collaborations are limited
to trainers/ runners and only involve the midsole part. However,
Converse, particularly it's baskerball line, has finally adopted another
technology from Nike, the Flywire.
The Flywire is a Vectran thread created by Jay Meschter of the swoosh.
By strategically placing these Vectran threads over key support points
in the shoe, it is able to provide ample support for the feet while minimizing the shoe's weight. It's logo, a fixture in Hyperdunk shoes proudly displays itself at the front.
The look is similar to another
shoe released from the previous year, the Defcon. Having been built
with 1 solid piece of rubber based vamp for most of the shoe with the
exemption of the flywire enabled toebox. It's signature colorway
involves a gradient of an accent color starting from the heel up to the
midfoot. Upon passing the central star chevron logo, the colors fade to
black with the exemption of the flywire accents. This was supposed to
appeal/ accent in several team colors, but as of present only five
accent based colorways were made (orange, blue, red, white and
The sole feels simple as compared to other previous Converse
basketball releases. No visible balls cushioning in the sole, but the
grip and the feel remains true.
After taking this on the court for a few games,the weight
of the foam based bulk at the rear end of the shoe is balanced by the
flywire induced front area. Running in the did not cause much problems
and with it's construction, the extra protection intended for the ankle
did not materialize in added weight. Last year's problem with the Defcon
is that the foam upper placed a lot of emphasis on stability but added
weight to the cost.
Being a player with large calf
muscles, I am always in caution in regards to ankle protection. The
injected foam acts like a soft cast/ protector from those sudden ankle
rolls when sidestepping on defense. The ortholite insole gives contrast
for comfort following the hard outsole.
Heat buildup was less compared to older releases due to the heat vents strategically located towards the shoe.
The MVP mid can be found at local sporting goods stores throughout the metro.