In one of the nicest Fall releases we’ve seen so far, Nike SB has dropped the P Rod 9 and Janoski in the iconic cement/elephant print that so famously graced the Air Jordan III, regarded by many as one of the greatest sneakers of all time. With both new colourways being very audacious takes on what are usually quite muted shoes, Nike has certainly pushed the boat out with this one, and thankfully, the results are quite spectacular.
The pack’s message is a tribute to urban exploration, a “life on the road”, if you will, and both shoes reflect that pretty clearly. The Janoski, pictured above, boasts an embossed suede construction, with a Pure Platinum grey base and well-ingrained black grooves representing sun-baked tarmac. The quality of the shoe is absolutely out of this world, the upper is very soft and will age nicely over time, a sign of the great quality of the leather that has been used. The Nike Swooshes on the inside and outside of the shoe are embroidered in black, providing a slightly different shade of black to the lines running through the upper, and making the shoe much more visually striking overall. Laces, eyelets and piping come in grey, matching the upper, which boosts the coherence of the shoe massively.
It doesn’t shirk on technology, either. Zoom Air sits in the heel of the shoe, providing a great level of responsiveness, and the vulcanized sole ensures that these won’t be falling apart on you any time soon. Also, the Autoclave construction of the shoe means the upper and midsole are fused together rather than stitched, again drastically reducing the chances of them coming apart quickly. Finally, the herringbone-patterned outsole provides the best in terms of traction that Nike SB can offer.
The P Rod 9 is a bit more low-key than the Janoski. The elephant print instead only graces the forefoot and heel, rather than the whole upper, but again comes in a strong embossed suede with deep black grooves, so you can believe the print won’t wear off quick no matter how many flip tricks you may try. The black portion of the shoe also comes in a highly durable suede, joined to the cement print at the heel and forefoot using Nike’s incredible Hyperfuse technology. The outsole is given an icy translucent blue makeup at the forefoot, and a duller translucent colour moving back, making the shoe look very clean overall. Laces and Nike Swoosh branding comes in white this time around, adding a hit of brightness to the darker areas of the shoe.
The P Rod 9 is probably Nike SB’s most technically advanced shoe ever. The translucent sole exposes the four Zoom Air pods in the sole, which provide incredible impact cushioning and responsiveness underneath the areas of the foot that need it the most. Flywire is present also, providing a more locked-in fit when the laces of the shoe are pulled tight, and as I mentioned, Hyperfuse technology ensures that stitching on the shoe is few and far between, making the shoe much more durable and long-lasting.
Overall, a very, very nice release from Nike. They’ve clearly thought this through thoroughly, and have most certainly gone about it the right way. Both shoes look good, perform well, and are unbelievable in quality. What more could you want?
These are available on the Attitude Inc. website, as well as in-store, right now!