View Full Version : Griffin Bundle Shoe Review

11-16-2012, 12:38 AM
In case anyone wanted to see the non-rendered, physical version of the shoes that are part the bundle... Here they are. Unfortunately, they don't come with anything ACIII-centric other than the shoes themselves (i.e. packaging). Basically, you get mi adidas packaging, a mi adidas drawstring sackpack, and the shoes.

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They're ridiculously lightweight (not necessarily the lightest I've ever owned, but they're right up there) and other than the plastic reinforcement areas the upper is made entirely of mesh. I'm not even kidding when I say it's possible to look from the insole right through the outsole and see vague shapes and colors. Also, there's no way you'd be able to run with these should it rain enough to leave puddles, unless you like have soaking socks or feet. I'm actually quite surprised by how much I like the colorway. I was afraid it'd be overbearing, but they don't scream out "'Murica!!! [Expletive] Yeah!" like I thought they would (which is a very good thing though I'm American). I think the grey helps to mute those undertones. The finish is extremely well done, there are no loose threads or leftover glue residue to be seen. Whoever customized my pair deserves a ton of credit because he/she/they did a quality job. It pains me how unfinished details are becoming more common in the shoe industry and are making it past quality control. However, one thing that really irks me is that the ACIII logo on the upper heel is pixelated, it's like a minimalization job gone wrong.

On another note, I'm having a serious dilemma of whether I should actually use these. Since it's something AC related I want to keep them in pristine condition, but considering the price tag I'd feel extremely uneasy having them waste away in a box unused. It literally gives me a sinking feeling in my stomach, haha. Tough decision ahead.