Jordan Proto-Max 720

Jordan Brand took another spin on the Proto shoe line and changing the key tech. Some time ago, I blogged about the Jordan Proto React which features a React foam as its main cushion source. For the Proto-Max 720, a large volume Air Max bag was used and you can see clearly from the images below how big the Air Max unit is. It goes from heel to forefoot and for this particular gold colorway, it shares the same upper material as the Proto React which is a nylon-like material which is lightweight. The shoe is made to be a lifestyle shoe, so don't expect this shoe to have the same key support structures to that of a basketball shoe. There are some pieces to somewhat help customize the fit, like the straps found on the heel area, so basically what I am trying to say is that this shoe is best to be worn as a casual or lifestyle shoe. The large-volume Air  Max bag adds a lot of comfort and bounce underneath, while the lightweight upper helps shave off some weight that the Air Max bag gives. You can get this now at Nike Park in Trinoma for Php 8,995.

These pastel Keds are ready for summer

Getting ready for the Easter festivities? Then check out these kicks from Keds with pastel colors that surely matches this Easter. Made from various textile uppers, some silhouettes offer a sock-like fit while others have a more traditional build with laces. But the good thing is these are all light and breathable, so putting them in your sneaker rotation heavily this summer would be a good option as well. It has a slim profile so you can easily pair them with casual clothes and since the colors are soothing to the eyes, pairing them with basic is the way to go because it's simple and functional. You can get them online <HERE> or you can visit their stores around the metro. For the list of branches you can check out their IG link below.

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Converse returns to the court with the All-Star Pro BB

There are some things that I always keep in mind in this continuously-growing sneaker world. One is it keeps improving and the other is it is still a cycle. So having these 2 aspects joined together is always welcomed here especially if it is beneficial to the consumer. Converse steps again into the basketball realm with the All-Star Pro BB which is scheduled to release this May 2019. While May is just weeks away, one would say that how can you create a hype with this short of a timetable when some brands start their marketing campaigns of a certain product few months earlier its launch? Well, that's because of the rich heritage that Converse has and since they are under Nike's umbrella, it is easy to promote things and chances are they will be noticed at once.

So, what's new? Converse made sure that this splash will make a lot of consumers intrigued with this in terms of the tech specs. First is the upper which is a modern take on the canvas which they call Quadfit Mesh. It is lightweight and provides lockdown as well, maybe it shares some properties as the upper used in the latest KD shoe. For cushioning and the outsole, it is made up of a drop-in React foam encased in a cupped midsole/outsole. I am not yet sure on the implementation of the React foam if it is the one used in their running shoe or the one used for basketball. If its from the running shoe, then it is squishy and the cupped sole will provide stability, not making it too soft and making it more responsive. Another worth noting is the traction pattern. Kinda shallow so I don't know how it will fare with outdoor courts. But chances are these are built for indoor use, but it will depend on the density of the rubber. As I said, May 2019 is the scheduled release so watch out for more news here at

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adidas Crazy 1 X Star Wars

Aside from Marvel, adidas also made ties with Star Wars with this collaboration using a retro model, the adidas Crazy 1 a.k.a. the Kobe. Black upper with a glossy graphic print sets up the tone of theme with red accent found in the interior as well as underneath the outsole. In the insole, theres also the adidas x star wars logos that signifies their collaboration. Honestly, I am not a fan of the whole movie series, but I really like the Crazy 1's silhouette. I don't know whether there will be any tech upgrades in the cushioning (I'm guessing none). This would be a great way to help promote the movie just like the Avengers. Since the movie will that will be shown this December, expect these to drop around that time as well.

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adidas Harden Vol 3 'Imma Star'

The Imma Star colorway is back once again this year as you can see in this Harden Vol 3 shoe from adidas. This colorway took inspiration from James Harden's letter for his mom back then (if I remember it correctly). While the color is flashy for some, I find it really nice and yes it could be a bit intimidating because of that shiny gold shade. The upper is made up of synthetic leather with a crackled look as if it stood the test of time (just a story-telling gimmick from me). The black accents are really noticeable because it was used in the 3 stripes logo, the text design on the medial side, toebox area and TPU cage in the forefoot.

The only thing that I see that could be bummer for some is that forefoot band which is in white. As you can see in the image below, even with the shoe just being displayed, you can already see some dirt sticking to it. Now imagine that part being stepped on in a basketball game or even if you decide to wear those casually, dirt and grime would accumulate there just like that white Boost foam. So if you will cop a pair of this, be prepare for some cleaning materials to maintain its nice aesthetics. By the way, these are available and retails for Php 7,500 at adidas Trinoma.

The Heroes are Among Us this April

Another collaboration between Marvel and adidas basketball will drop this April, just in time for the Avengers movie. Dubbing it as the Heroes Among Us, 5 silhouettes were chosen with each shoe having its rendition of a Marvel character. Starting of with a retro kicks, the TMac 1 will have the S.H.I.E.L.D commander, Nick Fury's design scheme. And while it is predominantly in black, the grey outlines and blue outsole keeps the shoe less bland. If I can remember TMac has a colorway of his shoe similar to this since he was in Orlando when this shoe came out. Next is John Wall with a Captain America colorway of the adidas NXT LVL. Honestly, I am surprised why they choose John Wall. Don't get me wrong, he is one of the fastest guards out there, but he's injured so seeing him wear the shoe during an actual NBA game is not possible at this point. One of the reasons I think he was chosen is because it could easily match with the Washington Wizards uniform. But aside from that, I don't know. I wonder when did they conceptualize this collaboration? One of adidas top athlete, James Harden will have the Harden Vol. 3 decked in an Iron Man color palette of red and gold. This is a no-brainer, as Harden is really balling this season with all the tricks in his sleeve in terms of moveset, just like Iron Man, he is full of surprises indeed. For the king of Wakanda, Black Panther, the Damian Lillard and the Dame 5 was chosen and this might be the best colorway in this pack in my opinion. Black shade predominantly with purple in the ankle and heel area to give that stealthy look. I just wish they don't use that crappy-looking synthetic suede material again (please). Finally, Candace Parker will have the adidas Pro Vision in the Captain Marvel colorway. The WNBA is fast approaching and I hope she would wear this in an actual game. Just like the NXT LVL Captain America colorway, they really incorporated the key color palettes of blue, red, and yellow perfectly in the shoe and I think that once you see them in actuality, you could really identify its inspiration.

I am not sure if these will reach here in the Philippines, but I am hopeful because they were able to do it back then when they released an Avengers-themed kicks with various UltraBoost silhouettes. But just so you know, these are set to release on April 26.

Jordan Why Not 0.2 IDC

It looks like the Why Not 0.2 will continue to release more playful colorways like this one. Checking the tag that is located on the side, they are calling this IDC. It sports a dark shade textile upper with hits of olive, neon yellow, and pink. The grey shade balances things out but still makes everything on the darker shade which is nice because I've seen the colorways with white midsole and it doesn't look appealing when dirt and grime are present. Same tech specs in terms of cushioning which means a phylon foam carrier and inside it is a large Zoom Air bag in the forefoot. I hope they release the Pokemon PE's that Russ wore some time ago, as they look nice in terms of color blocking. But if this colorway pleases your style, then these are available now at Titan Vertis North for Php 6,295.