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Old Thu Nov 09, 2017, 12:11pm
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Yet another officiating shoe question

I am looking at replacing one of my pairs of Reebok Zigs and was looking to try something different.

I have heard about the Nike Air Max - anybody wear these? If so, where did you find them. I googled them and there seem to be several different types of Nike Air Max shoes.

Any other suggestions for other brands/models of shoes that I can look into? Seems like most of the online referee shops are pushing Zigs, 3n2, or New Balance.

I did find one place selling Adidas Speed Runners. Anybody have experience with those (or using running shoes in general)? I like the idea of the mesh for breath ability, but was wondering if a running shoe would provide decent support.

I know shoes fit everybody differently - just looking for a staring point.

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Old Thu Nov 09, 2017, 12:42pm
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I rotate between the zigs and all black Brooks Adrenaline. The adrenaline are awesome because they're made for distance running so they are very supportive and hold up well.
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Old Thu Nov 09, 2017, 12:43pm
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The RefZigs were really the best shoe that I have worn in my career. They were comfortable and I never had any other major problems. But I did look for other shoes as the Zigs had changed a little and started looking at other brands.

I just bought the Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit. This shoe is very light and easy to run in. I love this shoe, but if you are stuck on just wearing a leather version, there is not one at this time. It is a mesh surface but is very comfortable. I have purchased the one with a little grey, but there are versions with some all-black in them as well. Love the shoe and used them near in preseason events.

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Old Thu Nov 09, 2017, 12:54pm
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It wouldn't be a bad idea to go to a running store and have them examine your stride and foot type.

If you want a running shoe, Brooks carries an all-black model designed for people that need support.

The most important thing is to not be cheap and change shoes when it's time. Shoes are the most important part of your uniform when it comes to taking care of your body.
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Old Thu Nov 09, 2017, 01:55pm
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The most important thing is to not be cheap and change shoes when it's time. Shoes are the most important part of your uniform when it comes to taking care of your body.
This literally cannot be stressed enough.
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Old Thu Nov 09, 2017, 03:54pm
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This literally cannot be stressed enough.
I'm curious how you would figuratively stress it. Because only then would literally stressing it make any sense.

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I'm curious how you would figuratively stress it. Because only then would literally stressing it make any sense.

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Can that be metaphorically stressed enough?
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Old Fri Nov 10, 2017, 10:44am
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Just wondering how you polish a mesh shoe?
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Old Fri Nov 10, 2017, 11:22am
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Just wondering how you polish a mesh shoe?
You don't. Is there some unwritten rule that we have to wear material that can be polished?
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Old Fri Nov 10, 2017, 03:00pm
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Brooks Adrenaline and Asics Gel Cumulus are the two I rotate.
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Old Fri Nov 10, 2017, 03:07pm
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Just wondering how you polish a mesh shoe?
You don't. And unless the major shoe manufacturers make shoes that can be shined, then you are left with the current style. Many shoes do not work for everyone so you have to go with what works. At least in my recent experience, it appears that many officials are left with shoes that do not shine. I used to feel that a non-leather shoe was not acceptable, but you cannot find many shoes that are leather or some type of leather style all over the shoe.

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Old Fri Nov 10, 2017, 03:56pm
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I used to feel that a non-leather shoe was not acceptable, but you cannot find many shoes that are leather or some type of leather style all over the shoe.
I used to think this, too. When I first got into officiating I noticed almost everyone was wearing a leather or patent leather shoe, so that’s what I thought I had to go with. As I got more experience and moved up I realized that plenty of officials wear mesh shoes and that I had so many more options. And as long as your shoes are clean, hardly anyone cares or even notices how shiny or not they are except other officials.
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Old Fri Nov 10, 2017, 05:00pm
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There are a wide variety of both leather and patent leather officiating shoes out there.....I was just being sarcastic.....but in my personal opinion you look 100% more professional with a polished pair of shoes. I guess I'm just old school...been doing HS and College for 31 years.
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Old Fri Nov 10, 2017, 06:56pm
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Spot-Bilts ...

Back when I started officiating, over thirty-seven years ago, there were no "sneaker-like" basketball official's shoes, just black shoes with rubber soles. I had a pair of Spot-Bilts that took a spit shine that a Marine would be proud of. I actually had a shoemaker resole them several times until the uppers wore out. They weighed a ton, but offered great support, and took a shine that you could see your reflection in.
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Old Fri Nov 10, 2017, 08:19pm
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There are a wide variety of both leather and patent leather officiating shoes out there.....I was just being sarcastic.....but in my personal opinion you look 100% more professional with a polished pair of shoes. I guess I'm just old school...been doing HS and College for 31 years.
Funny, because I see plenty of officials that work deep in into the NCAA Tournament and the NBA Playoffs (even high school playoffs) that wear mesh shoes, and no one’s ever batted an eye or said “Wow, the guy wearing the shiny Zigs looks so much more professional.” In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if more officials at the higher levels wear mesh shoes as opposed to leather/patent.

And I don’t know of any black running shoe (the type of shoe that many officials prefer to wear) that does not have a mesh upper.
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