SOLE REVIEW: PEAK TP1 ‘ALL STAR’
To add something different to the site, we’ve collaborated with Kickspotting (www.kickspotting.com — who by the way launched a new layout to the site. check it!) to go in depth and do actual sneaker performance reviews. We just wanted to give you guys another opinion, another point of view, to help better your decision before purchasing the next pair. If you’re also interested in doing performance reviews, drop me a line (link is listed below) along with your shoe size and we’ll get to it!
With all the buzz this past weekend with the FIBA Basketball World Cup and the Naismith Trophy being in town, we decided to hook up with the official footwear provider of the basketball governing body, Peak. The brand boasts of a pretty solid lineup of athletes such as Shane Battier, George Hill, Patrick Patterson, JaVale McGee, and current NBA champion Tony Parker. Peak gave us a couple of pairs from their 2014 collection and today we’re showcasing Parker’s 2nd signature shoe with the brand, the TP1. Enjoy!
The colorway tested here is the TP1 ‘All Star’, which also comes in a tonal red variant (images seen below). Parker chose to rock this at the All Star game this year, which features a silver and purple upper with New Orleans-inspired graphic prints. The design continues into the inner lining where the All Star Crest with the number 9 is seen on the backside of the tongue. A Contrast of red fills the tongue and heal logos as well as Tony Parker’s signature on toe box.
Kickspotting: The first thing I look at when trying on a shoe is how it feels on my foot right off the box. I walk around with it and see if I like the initial fit and cushioning that the shoe offers. My first impression starts here. When I first tried on the TP1, the cushioning felt like a mix of soft and firm. You could feel the cushioning but was not sure if it had enough of it. But once I took it on the court, it felt great. I got enough cushioning where I needed it and I was able to move around without any problem. The midsole is flexible and gives you smooth transition on your runs.
The TP1 features Gradient Dual Technology which places shock absorption material on the heel and high efficiency elastic materials on the forefoot. This makes the cushioning a little softer on the heel and a bit firmer on the forefoot, which you can feel right away. The firmness on the forefoot gives you better responsiveness on your moves and cuts and also keeps you closer to the ground.
Sole Movement: I have to agree with Kickspotting here. You have to try on the pair to really feel the cushioning on the TP1. The footbed feels softer than it looks. The midsole was firm as opposed to other pairs but provided solid cushioning, yes, even for big guys like myself. It didn’t take long for my foot to get used to the shoe’s cushioning, thus nixing the whole break in period by large amounts. This Gradient Dual Technology concept made sense, providing enough cushioning on the heel to support any impact while enhancing the forefoot ‘bounce’ for proper propulsion for bursts or shift in speed and movement.
KS: I usually wear a size 10 and I felt I could use a half-size up with the TP1 to give me a bit more space on the toe area. If you like that snug fit on your shoes then you can keep your true size. To give you a comparison, I wear a 10 on the Jordan XX8 SE, which is the best fit in terms of sizing for me.
The upper is made up of fuse synthetic leather, just like the Nike Hyperfuse, which holds up pretty well. It has enough room throughout the midfoot and toe area which I really liked. My foot is a medium – wide and it didn’t feel tight at all in the shoe. The lockdown feel is good all throughout and I didn’t experience any movement or sliding. The material keeps you locked in but it doesn’t restrict your movements either. It’s soft enough to go with your foot’s movement and I didn’t feel any pain on my toes on hard stops and cuts.
SM: Like recent basketball sneakers, I decided to go a half size up on the TP1. When it comes to form and fitting, China’s research team is still a couple of years away from the adidas’ or Nikes of the world. Nevertheless, there was enough space on the toe box (as suggested by Kickspotting) and the lacing system and ankle support provided that lockdown fit. I did however experience some slight sliding within the shoe, but this should be resolved with elite-type socks. After playing a couple of minutes, the fit really wasn’t an issue.
KS: No problem right here. The shoe has targeted areas for ventilation and I don’t think there’s any issue in the TP1.
SM: I think this is where I have to disagree with Kickspotting. Although there are areas for ventilation around the shoe, I experienced the same “heat” issues experienced with the KD6 or the Crazylight 2. But then again, this could also be a function of being used to lightweight silhouettes with little or no overlays.
KS: One of the most important features for me in a shoe is good traction which allows me to push off and change direction quickly. The TP1 has really great traction. The forefoot features herringbone pattern and the clear sole works really well. Targeted areas and different rubber patterns complete the outsole and the shoe maintained those floor squeaks even after a few runs.
SM: What can I say, the good ol’ herringbone pattern wins again in terms of traction. The added herringbone pattern on the medial side definitely helps in keeping you secure whether you’re stopping for a jumper or curling around a pick to get open.
KS: Didn’t feel any lack of support on the TP1. The shoe feels good and the fuse material keeps your foot in check. You can feel that containment on the heel and the outrigger keeps you from rolling your ankles and also adds to the stability of the shoe.
SM: If it can keep Tony Parker off the injury list long enough, it can work wonders for you as well. The shoe’s ankle support is well padded and the additional mold helps keeping your foot secure. The heel counter may not be as prevalent as the Rose series or the Hyperdunk, but it does its job.
Overall, it’s a solid signature shoe and everyone should try it out to see how it performs compared to the others. Peak did well in terms of providing TP a good looking shoe that actually performs even better. With a price of Php 5,495 (Php 5,295 for the basic colorways), it’s hard to find a signature shoe at that price. I wouldn’t say that the shoe is specific for guards but works well with any player type. Follow Peak sports PH on Facebook and @peakshoesph on Instagram for more information on Peak shoes.