Jordan Brand recently unveiled a number of new product offerings at an event in Beaverton, Ore., including signature sneakers for NBA All-Stars Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade. Each athlete contributed to the design of his own shoe, both in terms of how it looks and its construction and performance.
STACK had a chance to test each shoe in a variety of basketball drills and scrimmages. Below, we share details on the CP 2’Quick. (Check back tomorrow for our previews of Melo’s and Wade’s models.)
The CP 2’Quick was made specifically with Paul’s game in mind. The Hornets point guard is known for his ability to in-and-out dribble his way around defenders at the top of the circle and then explode to the rim to either finish or dish to a ready teammate. Jordan designers found that Paul actually drags his foot at points around the court to act as a brake. His shoe has an extra piece of rubber around the toe to help him do that more effectively.
The CP 2’Quick is cut low around the ankle and features a podulon foam midsole. (Podulon is shaped cushlon foam, which, when strategically placed under the forefoot area, cushions high impact without compromising the shoe’s integrity.) The foam midsole is raised in three areas to improve traction, helping point guards get around picks a split second faster.
The black patent leather model is a nice nod to the Jordan XI, better known as Space Jams, the shoe Michael Jordan wore in the ’90s movie of the same name.
Paul’s CP 2’Quick is now available online for $110.