Dame 4 "Rose City"

Another staple that will drop this Friday is the adidas Dame 4 in the Rose City colorway. Inspired by Portland's favorite flower, this one has a lighter tone compared to the static colorway that I posted yesterday. It features a white textile upper with grey hits on it. The ankle collar is in off-white and you can the red hits on the tongue brandings (both outside and inside) as well as the solid rubber outsole is decked in red. The midsole has a marbling type light grey design where the Bounce cushion is located. I think dropping 2 colorways of various shade on the same day is great especially during this Christmas season where everyone is looking for something to give to others or maybe for themselves as well. Either a dark or light color scheme, you really can't go wrong with the Dame 4 since the whole Dame signature line is a tried and tested solid option if you are looking for a great hoop shoe. Every year, it has been trying to be greater than last year's model and we hope that this will continue since considering its pricepoint, you get great performance benefits without spending too much on adidas top tier models.






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adidas Dame 4 Static


The "Static" colorway has been a staple in the Dame signature shoe line. Of course, with a good and simple color combo of black and white, it has been a safe colorway as well for either on or off court use. The said colorway still continues in the Dame 4 although this time a bit different color scheme. Multi-colored threads were used in the textile upper which is more of a static noise in colored screens although it is still subtle and would still look good for both on and off court. It even reminds me of some sound wave patterns in some audio recording/editing programs which also makes sense since Dame is a recording artist notable for his talent in dropping bars. The static colorway of the Dame 4 will release on December 15, 2017 for $115.



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Best Foot Forward: Li-Ning Shadow Walker 2017

Today's Best Foot Forward features the Li-Ning Shadow Walker 2017. I got this particular shoe at In Soles. They are based in the Philippines so this great news for Pinoy ballers who are looking for options on where to cop their next basketball shoe. Known for selling some Chinese Kicks such as Anta, Li-Ning, Peak, and 361 Degrees, mostly basketball shoes but they have some lifestyle kicks as well. It's just an online store though, but the good thing is that it has earned its reputation in the Chinese Kicks Facebook community here in the Philippines and what they offer is some of the models from these brands that you don't usually see in the market, or if they available in the market, this one is much cheaper. The people behind the store are very accommodating and their vision is to give you quality kicks without spending too much by giving you the best deal as possible. Of course, being an online-only store, I have my doubts as well in the beginning. But since they are also members of the Chinese Kicks Community here in the Philippines and some members have already done their purchases and made some good feedback, I decided to try them myself. So this shoe and another shoe that will be coming soon (Clue: Anta shoe) were the ones I purchased. Transacting with them is easy. They have a Facebook Page <CLICK HERE> where you can find the shoes that they have on-hand or upcoming kicks. If you find something that you like, you can message them ask for the size availability. Be sure to give the right size to prevent the hassle of having to ship the goods back and forth. They respond pretty quickly so you can easily do your queries there like payment options or if you want to do meetups or shipping. I suggest doing meetups just for the simple fact that while having the item shipped is a no-brainer in a busy world that we live in, it is great to transact things organically once in a while and maybe to ease away some of your doubts. Before I forgot, I got this shoe for Php 3,500. Steal price, right.

For the shoe's tech specs, I've checked out Hi-Basketball Shoes and this is what I saw.

Materials: Textile + TPU + Synthetic
Sole: EVA + Rubber
100% Authentic
Tech: Li-Ning Cloud; Dynamic Shell
Highlight.
2017 CBA sponsor professional basketball shoes.
The Black Lava inspired one piece lightweight and breathable upper.
TPU support on midsole.
Li-Ning Cloud tech for cushion performance.
Dynamic Shell tech for protect and support on basketball court.
High quality detail from Li-Ning.

The quality of the shoe is good, just like what you see in the mall because the owner of the store travels to China to get the stocks. It features a combination of knit upper and synthetic and mesh, with the knit material can be see on the toe area. The medial and lateral is made up of synthetic and it does feel light upon my initial try-on. I get size 9 which is my usual size and for this particular model, I got the fit of the shoe right on the money. It features Cloud cushion which feels more forgiving that what I experienced from the WoW All-City Encore 2 so I hope I will enjoy this shoe during the testing phase. Be sure to keep it locked here since I will doing a performance review on this shoe in the coming days. But for the meantime, here are some of the detailed images of the shoe.











Air Jordan 18 returns this 2018

A retro silhouette worthy of a comeback, the Air Jordan 18 will be seeing store shelves again next year. This is the last shoe that Jordan wore in his NBA career. Two colorways were most notable in this particular silhouette and this white/sport royal is perfect since it makes the shoe look clean. He was with the Washington Wizards when he wore this shoe and if you came in the same generation as me, then we get to witness an era of greatness comes to an end.  Leather build with the laces hidden by a shroud as this shoe blends luxury and performance. The shoe still pretty looks the same and craftsmanship will be the most critical part once the shoe drops in January 2018 for $225.








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Kyrie 4 Multi-Color

While we are still awaiting for the Nike Kyrie 4 to arrive in stores, we are now seeing some crazy colorways that might (?) reach retail. This one is a multi-colored version of the Kyrie 4 and some might even call this as one of those "What the" series that span across various basketball lines. But since there is no official name for this specific colorway yet, then let's just call this a multi-colored version of the Kyrie 4. The colors differ between the left and the right shoe. The left pair is themed with purple and blue while the right pair in volt and pink. The shoe features an engineered mesh-like material in the forefoot with a suede-like material in the ankle area. Some of the design details that can be seen in this particular image is the inscriptions in the ankle area with and embroidered logo. An icy blue translucent ouotsole was used with colored solid rubber sections underneath. While the Kyrie 4 is scheduled to drop this second half of the month, let's wait for more details if when this colorway will release.

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Nike PG 1 in Volt


The volt colorway of the Nike PG 1 will release this December 15, 2017 for $110. Sporting a volt color for the most part, the midsole is decked in white with some volt speckles on it. The suede panel on the ankle/heel area reminds me of a tennis ball with that volt colorway. The release of colorways for the PG 1 has been a mixture of loud and simple colors but all them look nice so far although there are other colorways that do stand up to me like that simple black/gum colorway as well and launch colorway and the grey colorway. Those colorways in my opinion are worthy even for off-court use in my opinion. Do you like this colorway or is it too loud for you? Share your thoughts below the comments section.



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UA Heat Seeker

Here is a basketball performance model from Under Armour that shares the midsole tooling with the Drive 4. Dubbed as Heat Seeker, you can already see the midsole taken from the UA Drive 4 which is basically EVA for the most part with a large Micro-G in the heel area. I'm assuming that the outsole will be the same as the Drive 4 and it doesn't really matter as long as it provides good traction. The upper is made up of a stretchy knit-like material with synthetic fuse panels to provide some support in the material. These are scheduled to release this month for $115 and I just hope that we get to see them here in the Philippines as well.



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The Nike Kyrie 4 will drop this December

Fans of Kyrie will have a merry Christmas indeed, as his 4th signature sneaker will drop on December 20. This particular colorway features black upper which is a combination of an engineered mesh and nubuck. I think this is a synthetic nubuck because the price point of the shoe isn't that high. But in case they use a nice premium nubuck then more plus points to Nike for that. A combination of white midsole at the heel and black in the forefoot area. Just like the Kyrie 2 and 3, this will feature a heel Zoom Air. The solid rubber outsole is similar to teal but they are going with racer blue for that specific color palette. Also, it has an aggressive pattern with a portion of the outsole extending to the midsole area for multi-directional grip keeping you covered with most cuts, jabs, crossovers, curls, whatever. And hopefully, the rubber would be durable enough for outdoor use as well. As I said, December 4, 2017 is the shoe's release date so be sure to check your nearest Nike store around that time if you are planning to get a pair.




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Reebok I3 Legacy Collection


With Allen Iverson's name cemented in the Hall of Fame, AI together with Reebok will be working on his I3 Legacy Collection to celebrate his career in the NBA. This is good news especially if you have been waiting for some of AI's kicks to be retroed. While the Question and the Iverson IV have been retroed, it isn't bad to see some of his kicks be brought back again. And although Reebok took a step back with regards to their basketball line, who knows we might see Reebok flourish once again in the basketball sneaker world. Personally, I want to see the Iverson IV, V, VI, VII again and I wish they get the proper retro treatment with the OG colorways and most of all the key technologies that made that specific model great. How about you, which of AI's kicks are you excited to see once again?

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adidas Yeezy Calabasas Powerphase Grey


Sporting a classic look and even materials, the adidas Yeezy Calabasas Powerphase Grey will drop this December 9, 2017 for $120. An all-grey monotone look, it features a nice leather material just like a retro shoe with a nice foam for cushioning and solid rubber outsole. This shoe doesn't have a Boost foam as its cushion source, so expect them to be much cheaper. And quite frankly, I don't think people will jump on it too much. I mean come on guys, the shoe is nice don't get me wrong but it is just a retro silhouette tennis shoe. Sure it is Kanye's but aside from that, you can't really tell anything more (or even wow me). But if you are beasting on these, then don't worry because you can get the shoe next month at selected retail stores.

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