Drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats, most people assumed, like almost every other player on the team, that Kemba Walker would wear Jordan Brand. Juking and jiving his way around other companies, Kemba chose Under Amour and joined their growing stable of young ballers. But did he make the right move or should he have joined the club?
After completely enthralling the basketball-watching nation during last year’s Big East tourney and then the NCAA run, Kemba Walker cemented his legacy as one of the most clutch college players of all time. Although there were some serious questions about his size and outside shooting ability, one thing no scout questioned was his desire — to be the best, to win, and to set his own path. That path involved joining Under Armour and blazing his own trail in the shoe industry rather than wearing Bobcat colored Player Editions from a larger company.
The predominant feature of the Under Armour Micro G Juke is the ankle sleeve, so we will start there. To be honest, I have gotten swept into the low-top only craze lately for both the freedom of movement and the comfort factor, so I was very unsure how I would like the CompFit ankle sleeve in these. The sleeve rises just as high as a normal neoprene compression sleeve, just about an inch and a half above the ankle bone. It is made of what feels like, well, neoprene — although not as thick as normal. My best comparison, for anyone old enough to remember, is the Nike Air Unlimited and Air Carnivore with the high cut but unrestrictive feel. The one thing different is the fact it laces in the front, allowing the wearer a bit of customization on fit. When I slipped in and began tightening, I was seriously in for a surprise as the sleeve is firmly attached inside the heel and pulls tightly from the base of the foot up and around the whole rear foot, tying the brace, shoe, and foot together in a non-moving but flexible support system. However, with the brace not being tied to anything except the laces in the front, the Micro G Juke’s true low cut identity comes directly into play as it allows the foot to flex during forward to back movements with little restrictions. Blessed with one of the biggest tongues in the business, coverage from lace pressure is no problem.