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Comments: I got these shoes about three or four months ago because I liked the style and colors. They run a little
long and the initial break-in took about 3 or 4 hitting sessions. At first they felt horrible, I was ready to abandon them, as they
absolutely hurt my feet, but after 3 or 4 sessions they were extremely comfortable. Cushioning is adequate, not overly soft but
not overly firm. They are very low to the ground and very stable. I have not turned an ankle in them yet. The tongue is a little
small/short so you have to watch how you tie the laces or they might slip off the tongue and contact your foot. After wearing
these for three/four months, I am just starting to see small holes in the sole. These shoes don't have a durability guarantee so I
was not expecting 6 months life out of them. I am 6'2", 230#, I play about 6 hours per week.
From: Rich, 3/13
Comments: I recently switched to the 2k12 from the Vapor 9. I had this shoe for three weeks before one of the lace
loops broke off. Very disappointed. I will be switching back to vapors after this disappointment.
From: Luke, 2/13
Comments: I've had these shoes going on 3 months and after playing 4 times a week over that period, I've just
about worn through the soles. This is a great shoe, but I'd definitely recommend skipping these if you're looking for durability.
Additionally, I'd skip these if you have a foot you would consider even remotely thin. This is a very wide shoe and you'll definitely
come off the court with some blisters if you have a thin foot. I would recommend ordering a half size smaller than you regularly
would due to this. It's a great lightweight, stable shoe, but it's no good if you're a grinder with a thin foot.
From: Zach, 12/12
Comments: I wore these 3 times. They do run about a 1/2 size big, but I don't know that I would order a size
smaller. The biggest issue is that on the third time I wore them, one of the fluorescent loops holding the laces tore out from
where it was attached to the bottom of the shoe. It looks pretty, but I don't really think it's a good design for running side-to-
side and stopping and starting on a dime. I'm a serve and volleyer and run all over the court. The shoes are completely non-
functional, so I'm returning them.
From: Derek, 12/12
Comments: I've had these shoes for about 2 months now and they are still working great with about 20 hours a
week on the courts. The drag cage is stronger than the competition and that helps me a lot. The outsole will last you depending
on your style of play, whether you slide or take smaller steps to slow down. I use these in practice and matches, and they have
held up great. They are great for the price, but without the guarantee it won't be the shoe of choice for you grinders out there.
From: Bryce, 11/12
Comments: I love this shoe! I have been wearing this model for a long time (previous versions for over 6 years) and
this is the best yet, in my opinion. I found the 2k11 to be a little too roomy and sloppy. The 2k12's have a new lacing system
which gives the shoe the tight, snug feel that the Breathe Free's used to have (I have an average foot width with a little higher than
average arch, 6'1", 195 lbs). I typically wear a size 10.5, but dropped down to a 10 in these shoes and the fit is perfect! Durability
is an issue. I play about 12 hours a week and they'll typically last 3-4 months before the sole gets a large hole in it, but the shoes
perform like no other I have tried. Light, supportive and no issues with slippage. If you can get your head around the durability
problems, I highly recommend the 2k12's.
From: Michael, 10/12
Comments: I bought this shoes for my son, and they only lasted 8 weeks. There was a huge hole by the big toe on
his serving foot. We were very disappointed.
From: Julie, 9/12
Comments: I'm a huge fan of the 2k11. The fit was right on for me. I need shoes that are slightly wider than
normal, especially near the toes. The 2k11s were by far the most comfortable shoes I've played in. I just bought the 2k12s
thinking it will feel the same as the 2k11s, but it was not a good assumption. Immediately, the new model feels tight at the toe
box. After nearly 4 hours of play, my feet were tired and hurting a bit. The 2k12s feel very different than the 2k11s. I don't like
the shorter tongue and the lacing sytem. The cosmetics are cool, but looks don't help you win games.
From: Anon, 9/12
Comments: My son wore a new pair of these shoes to practice for a week, then played one
high school match and a bullfrog tournament. The tread portion of the sole has
already come off the heel. This was the second pair of these shoes I have purchased in the
last 6 weeks and will be the last. If Nike can't build a shoe that lasts more than a couple
weeks of moderate use, then I'm done with them. They don't even have the decency to
provide a durability guarantee and it's clear why. These shoes are total crap for the serious
junior player who spends more than a couple hours a week on the court.
From: David, 9/12
Comments: Jason summed it up pretty well. This shoe needs a little break in so it can conform to your foot. Then,
it's pretty much a "match day" shoe. I usually wear a 9.5 US in Nike, but had to get a size 10 for the CourtBallistec 3.3s because of
how narrow they were. Then I found that I'm a size 9.5 in the Zoom Breathe 2K12s and, honestly, it's still pretty wide for my foot.
You will have to lace them up pretty tight if you have a normal width foot. Aesthetically, the black with blue sole looks great, and
the feel and traction of the court is also superb. For now, I like them better than the 3.3s, but after one day of use the toe box is
taking some damage. Hopefully they hold up until I get a pair of 4.3s.
From: Anon, 8/12
Comments: I found the tongue too short and does not cover the laces when fully tied. The laces actually cut into
the arch of my foot.
From: John, 8/12
Comments: I've found that the innersoles of these shoes move around within the shoes and scrunch up as I'm
playing. Very annoying. Maybe the sizing is a half size too large as per above reviewer's comments - the forefoot does feel wide.
I've never had this problem in Vapors or Ballistecs. Disappointing, as otherwise hits a sweet spot between the light/not-durable
Vapors and the heavy/durable Ballistecs.
From: Chris, 8/12
Comments: I found the sizing on these shoes to be a half size too large. I have a
wide forefoot and I normally wear a 10.5, sometimes having to go up to an 11 due
to my wide foot. I bought the 10.5 and already have to cinch the laces so tight
that the eyelets from each side are nearly touching. I do use replacement insoles
which only made the shoe "bigger" for me. Otherwise the shoes are clearly more
of a game day shoe. They ventilate well but the cushioning isn't what you'll find in
the Ballistec or Barricade. Despite being too large, the shoes were still really stable
and gripped the court well.
From: Jason, 8/12