Performance Review: World Balance Court Shooter
Just like the Game Evolution, the World Balance Court Shooter used a combination of EVA foam and their TerraSoft Insole system. Between the two, I enjoyed this a bit more just because the Game Evolution is too thin in the forefoot in terms of the ride, while this one I find more balanced. I rely on my forefoot most of the time so when the cushioning there is too thin or too much low-to-the-ground feel, chances are my feet or joints would feel more fatigued after the game. The EVA foam is very resilient and one might even say it is versatile when we talk of foams, but not all EVA are made the same. Even the process where the foam is constructed in a shoe is different (compression-molded and injection molded) but in general, EVA as a raw material can be made with different densities depending on the manufacturing specs. So this one is more pleasing to me and with the addition of their TerraSoft insole, it gets the job done. Not too many gimmicks, just straight up comfort and impact protection at the same time. I think this shoe is more catered to different positions when talking about World Balance's basketball models.
This is the shoe's most best asset in my opinion. In fact, the shoe's grip isn't really dependent on the "squeaking sound" that it produced. Sure, the production of that sound is an evidence that friction is applied and while it doesn't produce that squeak sound as often as some would want, the traction held up pretty nicely. It features a combination of herringbone and circular pattern which gives great floor coverage whether it's moving forward or doing curls. Less or minimal wiping is needed so even on dusty courts you'll be fine. With a shoe like this, you can easily use them in indoor or outdoor courts and in fact, as of the moment when I don't know the floor condition I'd be playing on, this would be my go-to shoe.
Fit is true to size. Unlike the Game Evolution where I got a size 8 even though I am size 9, this one fits me perfectly with enough wiggle room inside. Since they have no half sizes, I would still suggest that you try them in stores especially for wide footers. It has a bootie construction and has a snug fit. The support is pretty basic with it relying first importantly on the fit/having your right size. The KPU extends a portion on the lacing system making the fit more secured especially when the laces are tied and adjusted well to lessen dead space. It has the build of a midtop and is fairly supportive to give you a peace of mind and just let you concentrate on playing. The base is wide and flat and even with the absence of an outrigger, it is still okay. The heel counter keeps your secured and since it has a bootie construction and minimized dead space, these gives the shoe a sense of a secured fit in general. Again, pretty basic but functional and you can never go wrong with that. No extra support pieces, just integral components that should give you a great fit.
For Php 1,799, the shoe is really a bang for your buck shoe. It is very functional and while this shoe was sent to me, I still wouldn't mind spending that amount of money to buy a well-rounded shoe. Firstly, the pricepoint is very competitive with other brands and it is versatile whatever court condition you play on. If you are thinking of beaters, then this is really a good choice. After all, a shoe that has good quality and not even reaching a the Php 2,000 mark is always a great deal if you ask me. The shoe is widely available at various World Balance stores and in various malls.