Are You Feeling Rajon Rondo’s New ANTA Rondo 1 Sneaker?
Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo isn’t running with Nike anymore. Recently, he became the latest NBA player to leave the Swoosh for greener, er, other pastures when he announced—much to the surprise of many NBA fans and sneaker enthusiasts—that he was leaving Nike for ANTA. If you’re not familiar with ANTA, it’s a sneaker company based in China that has worked with Kevin Garnett in the past and seems intent on breaking into the U.S. market. And they’re hoping that Rondo can help them do that.
Will he be able to help them, though? Well, late this week, we got our first look at the ANTA Rondo 1 sneaker that Rondo is going to be wearing during the upcoming season and, well…we’re not really sure what to think yet. Our first impression was that these sneakers look a lot like the Nike LeBron 9. Certain aspects of it look almost like a direct bite of the LeBron 9. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But it also doesn’t really set the Rondo 1 sneaker apart from what’s already out there on the market. Also, we don’t really know a whole hell of a lot about the performance aspect of the sneaker yet. Will it be comfortable, or will it feel like a lot of non-Nike/Reebok/adidas basketball sneakers that don’t offer a lot of cushioning and support for the foot? We’ll have to wait and see.
For now, we’re going to reserve judgment on the Rondo 1, because we don’t really know enough about it. We don’t hate or love them at this point. But with ANTA banking on Rondo helping them break into the U.S., we’re sure that the company is going to pull out all of the stops in order to try and make this sneaker popular in the States. Take a closer look at it in the photos below, and then let us know whether or not you would put a pair of these on your feet. Do you think ANTA has the right idea here—or is Rondo going to regret leaving Nike sometime in the near future?