words // Brandon Richard
One of the integral parts of the Chicago Bulls' league-best 62 win mark and trip to the Eastern Conference Finals was the play of center Joakim Noah, His unselfish attitude on offense, coupled with his relentless effort on defense, proved to be one of the main ingredients in Chicago's winning formula. Throughout what probably would have been an All-Star season for Joakim had he not gotten injured, he wore his second Le Coq Sportif signature shoe, the Joakim Noah Pro Model 2.0, including a special set of colorways produced exclusively for Chicago's playoff run.
The design of the Joakim Pro Model 2.0 is inspired by a Le Coq Sportif tennis shoe created for his father Yannick back in 1982. Featuring energy return technology and AEROTOP cushioning, Yannick wore the shoe to become the only Frenchman to win the French Open in modern history. The Joakim 2.0 blends updated internal performance technology with a vintage silhouette as a salute to the heritage of Le Coq Sportif and Joakim's family history.
Lightweight synthetic materials make up the upper of the Joakim 2.0, while breathability is enhanced with the use of open-hole mesh on the tongue. Secure fit is provided by a form-fitting lacing system, along with internal support straps. For comfort, the sole is constructed with compression molded EVA with engaged EVA inserts. A dropped top line and removal of the cross-strap gives the shoe more of a modern look than its predecessor.
Playoff colorways of the Joakim Pro Model 2.0 consist of red-on-red and black-on-black pairs, as well as a white-based look with red accents and grey suede overlays. They'll be available to purchase at select Le Coq Sportif retailers this summer.
via Le Coq Sportif