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    Default Kobe 9's for badminton?

    Hi i was curious on what peoples thoughts on using Kobe 9 basketball shoes for badminton.

    If you dont know about the Kobe 9's, are light weight low to the ground. They are ment for guards so they dont have the bulk like other basketball shoes.

    I guess my question is there a big difference between basketball shoes and badminton ones? What would be the difference? Thanks

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    I believe someone recommends the 7's instead? ... @Maklike Tier

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    Are the soles on badminton shoes made more specifically for that green type court surface? Wouldn't the kobe style shoes been just as good if not better on wood courts?

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    Kobe's are all I use for Badminton. I went with them largely because I have size 13-13.5 feel, but also because they have all the features that you need for badminton - they're tough, super-light, have an 'indoor' sole, and have great torsional stability.

    The only downside is the price of the things, so if my 8's wear out, I'll probably look for something else like the Kobe Mentality or KD Trey 5. Thing is though, the suckers just don't wear out! I also have a pair of 6's that show almost no wear.
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    i used kobe 8 exclusively for about 6 months and unfortunately the lunar sole bottomed out. I realized it way too late and my achilles paid for it dearly. I'm sticking to power cushion for now.

    other than that, when new, it is way better than the shb-02 i have now in fit, support and perfomance.

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    What do you mean 'bottomed out'?

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    Here's some other alternatives to the Kobes that might be worth checking out -

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maklike Tier View Post
    What do you mean 'bottomed out'?
    from what i understand, the kobe 8 lunarlon insole is where all the cushioning is. And the said insole flattens after wear very quickly. The forefoot area was pretty much flat on my kobe 8 after a period of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nibbler View Post
    from what i understand, the kobe 8 lunarlon insole is where all the cushioning is. And the said insole flattens after wear very quickly. The forefoot area was pretty much flat on my kobe 8 after a period of time.
    I weigh 95kgs and have used mine every week for 18 months and they're fine. You must've got unlucky. I wonder if you can get replacements?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maklike Tier View Post
    Kobe's are all I use for Badminton. I went with them largely because I have size 13-13.5 feel, but also because they have all the features that you need for badminton - they're tough, super-light, have an 'indoor' sole, and have great torsional stability.

    The only downside is the price of the things, so if my 8's wear out, I'll probably look for something else like the Kobe Mentality or KD Trey 5. Thing is though, the suckers just don't wear out! I also have a pair of 6's that show almost no wear.
    Does the inside toe area not wear out from dragging over time?

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    They're really tough. The 6's are a bit tougher than the 8's. The 8's have worn to a point, but don't seem to be wearing further. All of the shoes I'm considering down the track as replacements have reinforced toes. I thin it's overstated just how reinforced they need to be - I'd be happy to rock any of the Nikes I've posted above.

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