The Rajon Rondo-ANTA press conference and shoe unveil isn’t even one week old and Zhang Yi-day already has the shoe in pieces. Which is good, because we need to know what kind of materials are going to be wrapped around RR’s feet when he returns to the Celtics lineup this season (if the Celtics don’t carry out a not-so-stealth plan to tank for Wiggins). So first off, thank you, Zhang.
As with any dissection photo set, we get to see stitches unstitched, overlays pulled back, stuff snipped, clipped and torn, and tooling sheared in half. Sometimes all that action just yields views of stuff you expected to see. In the case of the Rondo 1, we get a couple surprises in that the shoe does in fact boast an inner bootie fit, which should help Rondo in the comfort department, and it has an embedded TPU shank, which should mitigate torsion a bit. There are also strips of a smoky translucent material sandwiched into the lateral side of the forefoot midsole. Doesn’t seem to run the width of the crash pad so the impact protection capability of this mystery gel is unclear at the moment.
Anyway, peruse the dissection pics ahead to see the ANTA Rondo 1’s nitty gritty and report your thoughts back to us below.