New Balance OMN1S drops this end of October

The New Balance OMN1S is one of the highly-anticipated shoes this year. However, the is shoe dropping in limited quantities in select locations the past few months. Now, I think we will be getting a more general release date for the shoe. Dropping this October 23, the New Balance OMN1S, also known as Kawhi Leonard's first signature with the brand features their Fuel Cell foam cushion which is utilized in recent New Balance running models. The shoe's silhouette really looks dope. However, i am not digging this particular colorway. If I decide to cop a pair, I think I will be copping a dark colorway. The Clippers colorway is a good colorway to pick in my opinion if they chose to release them as part of a general release colorway. But if you want to get the shoe ASAP and do not bother the colorway, then I suggest you mark your calendars and keep your tabs on New Balance stores near your place. If you are from the Philippines, I will make sure to post some kixspotted (in-store footage) if ever I spot them.


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adidas Nite Jogger X 3M

The Nite Jogger is a a very modern running/lifestyle silhouette from adidas and just from the look of the shoe, you can say that they were able to combine the running and lifestyle aspect effortlessly. Well, the shoe is ideal for lite running sessions or some light training activities and of course you can rock these casually. I've already seen some people rocking these joints casually and they do look good on feet. For this particular, they collaborated with 3M to give the shoe a very distinct shine due to its reflective material. Perfect for those night running sesh, dont you think? This pack is available at Capital Glorietta and SM Aura branches which retails for Php 7,500. Take note that the black colorway is catered for womens size (US 5-8.5) and the burgundy for mens (US 8-11)

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#kixspotted Nike KD Trey 5 VII

Here is a kixspotted video also known as in-store footage on the Nike KD Trey 5 VII. You can watch a video footage below or just read along. So without further ado, let's go ahead and check out the shoe.



The upper material looks it could take a beating, as it is made of a rugged mesh. It still feels light and there are some fuse panels on the toe area. Foam pieces can also be seen on the ankle area to add some structure in there. Perforations can be seen to maybe add some ventilation in there. Don't expect it to be too breathable because there is an underlay beneath it which is basically the lining inside the shoe. The TPU piece on the lacing area will aid you in providing a more snug fit in the midfoot especially if you yank the laces pretty good.

The most interesting feature for my with regards to this shoe is its cushioning. They used a foam which they are calling Renew. I've seen this cushioning in one of their running/lifestyle shoes and from a quick look, it does resemble of Nike's React foam because of that wavy pattern in the tooling. The foam feels light but firmer if you would compare it to React. I have a hunch that they will be using this foam cushioning more in their mid-range or even budget models more. You can see it more evidently in underneath due to the translucent rubber outsole. You diggin them? Grab them now at Planet Sports in Trinoma which retails for Php 4,495.











Air Jordan 34 via Capital

With the Air Jordan 34 unveiled some time ago, many are anticipating where we can get the latest model from Jordan Brand. If you are from the Philippines, of course, you will have your trusted Nike stores, but in case you run out of luck and were not able to snag a pair, then worry not because it looks like Capital (along with some other stores retail accounts) will carry them as well. This teaser image was uploaded at their Instagram page a couple of hours ago and we can clearly decipher the image belonging to the Air Jordan 34's upper. Capital is known for selling lifestyle kicks and they are starting to roll out performance kicks from different brands on their shelves as well. With Zion Williamson spearheading the campaign (who will likely rock the shoe this season), the Air Jordan 34 is again geared for flight with the introduction of their modified Flight Speed plate which they call "Eclipse Plate" which will aid the unlocked Zoom Air in the forefoot for a more bouncier feel underneath. The shoe is also noted to be the lightest that Jordan Brand created weighing at 13.1 ounce on a size 9. This is also due to the upper material being stripped off any excess toolings and just retain what the athletes essentially need. No exact release date nor retail price was announced, but expect them to drop pretty soon because the NBA regular season is fast approaching and I'm pretty sure they want to release it during the early part of the season. But don't worry, I will be doing an in-store footage once I spot them in Capital stores.

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Converse Chuck 70 Tri-Denim Panel

Part of the whole Converse Renew program is the use of recycled denim for their kicks. The Chuck 70 Tri-Denim Panel has different shades of recycled denim which gives it a recycled and raw look. Denim is a sturdy material and it is ideal to be used in what I call a "beat them up" shoe like converse. I'm pretty sure a lot of people who have worn a Converse had beaten them up their pair badly because it is pretty reliable. Yeah sure, cushion comfort might not be its top feature but you can be sure that durability is a top priority. But don't worry, these are Chuck 70s, which means they are more comfortable than your standard Chucks because of the more beefed up cushioning inside. For aesthetics, since these are made from recycled denim which has 3 different panel, you can bet on it that there will be no 2 pairs alike due to the whole concept of recycled or "renew" which how they market these. They dropped last October 3 you might as well check out their website if you are planning to cop a pair.

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Air Force 1 'Shadow'

This colorful take on the Air Force 1 is dedicated for the women who are making their mark in the community by promoting change.  Sporting a low-top silhouette, a white base with multi-color hits can be seen. The paneling is really nice since they are highlighted by pastel colors that are fresh to the eyes. These are available in women's sizing which you can now get at Capital store in Glorietta 4, Uptown Mall BGC, Trinoma, U.P Town Center, SM The Block and Festival branches and retails for Php 5,795. Sure, it's rainy season in the Philippines but who cares, rock this kicks and show your appreciation for these inspiring women who are stalwarts of change in the society/community.

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World Balance X Star Wars

World Balance teased us recently about a collab and it's with the Star Wars franchise. To be honest, I am not surprised at all because they already had a collab with Mickey Mouse last year and I was fortunate enough to be invited on that event. After witnessing the whole event, I said to myself that it won't be long for World Balance to have another collab with another giant. I am sure, a lot of Pinoys are Star Wars fans and this is a great opportunity to score some great kicks which I think would have a limited run. The good thing is that World Balance aren't that expensive and with them releasing a lot of dope silhouettes recently in both performance and lifestyle, I'm curious which silhouettes will carry this collaboration. According to their Facebook and Instagram page, they are going to drop this October so I'm pretty sure we'll hear from them very soon. Now, who's excited?

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Another shoe for Lou Williams from Peak

With Tony Parker exiting the NBA, Peak should start making more solid moves in acquiring more athletes. If I'm not mistaken Dwight Howard just ended his contract with Peak and has been spotted practicing in Kobes. Lou Williams is continuing to have a solid performance and I hope he gets his own signature shoe. Last year he rocked the Peak Lightnings and this year is anothet shoe from Peak with some familiar Lou Williams design schemes like that "chibi"-like design. We still don't know if this is gonna be another shoe from the Team Lightning line but this is rumored to have TaiChi foam cushioning which is gonna be awesome if it were true. As of the moment, I am planning to cop that specific model that he wore last season because it's been a long time since I reviewed a shoe from Peak so I will be posting it soon once I got them.

I hope they (Peak) would really give Lou Williams his own signature shoe and who knows, they might attract more players in the NBA in the future.

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UA Curry 7 Early Look

Images of the upcoming Under Armour Curry 7 have been on the net for quite some time now which Steph Curry himself wore during a basketball workout. Now let's try to dissect as much as we can his upcoming shoe.

It looks like it's still gonna be a lowtop shoe just like last year. The shape really reminds me of the Curry 3 Zero 3 with that slim and lowtop look. I think the upper will be made of textile with some reinforcement layers on the material. The most intriguing part is the cushioning which looks like a combination of HOVR and Micro-G based on the toolings used. The HOVR looks like that nearest one to your foot with the Micro-G under as it makes its way near the outsole. You can see the label of the cushion techs in one of the shots below. Another intriguing piece is that color orange TPU-like plate. It is protruding on the heel going to the midfoot. This might act as a propulsion plate of some sort as well as torsion support piece. Finally the traction pattern looks kinda aggressive. Let's just hope that there will be no peeling issues that were reported by some consumers.

November will be the shoe's release date and I'm pretty sure that there will be a handful of UA stores in the Philippines that will have them around that time as well. No retail price as of yet so be sure to follow us, as we will give more details once we get more news on this.




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Performance Review: adidas Pro Bounce Madness 2019

Hi guys! I'm back with another performance and this time, it's on the adidas Pro Bounce Madness 2019. You can watch the video I made down below or if you want the written review, then just scroll down. This is not to be confused with the Pro Bounce 2019. This one has the word "Madness" on it's model name. However, I feel that they would play sort of the same (maybe with some minor difference). So here it is, my performance review on the adidas Pro Bounce Madness 2019.



MATERIALS:


You really can't go wrong with a good mesh upper. Plain? Yeah, but it get's the job done. 


This panel right here is the reason why I pick this over the Dame 5. I just don't like this suede-like material.

The shoe features straight up mesh material and while it does look plain, you really can't complain because you have a somewhat grasp on how it would feel. It isn't uber breathable compared to open-cell mesh material because for this specific shoe model, there's another layer of material underneath so it somewhat inhibits the airflow. For break-in time, I find this good from the get-go. No break-in time for the upper material so you don't have to worry about having a stiff upper here in my opinion.

Another reason why I chose to buy this instead of the Dame 5 with just P200 difference is that the Dame 5 (most of the colorways) features suede-like looking material that I am not fond of. That specific material is also present here which you can see on the medial side where the adidas logo is located. I just don't feel that material so even though this has a plain-looking material, it's fine by me since I have an idea that this would feel fine. 

CUSHION:




I must admit there are a lot of times that I contemplated to buy a shoe from adidas that features Bounce foam but since I was swamped with a lot of shoe to review, it took me a long time to try it. So, what can I say about Bounce foam? It's great, it's versatile. It offers court feel with great impact protection for my size. I mean, I am not a big dude, I am 5'6" and weigh 150 pounds. I play point guard most of the time, sometimes 2-guard or even small forward depends on who I play with and for my style of play, this shoe satisfy my needs in terms of cushioning. The low-to-the-ground feel would be beneficial for players who favor responsiveness. But if you are the type of player who would want a lot of impact protection, then maybe the Boost might be your choice. This cushioning is versatile that's why they used this in team models such as this. Also, they are using this in their mid-tier models with the Boost and Lightstrike on the top-tier models.

TRACTION:




There are colorways that features solid rubber and I think there's a colorway that has a gum outsole. For this specific colorway, it has a translucent rubber outsole. While translucent rubber outsoles most of the time are iffy since it tends to attract dust/debris more, I find this one okay. While there are times that you find yourself wiping the outsole, it's not that often to the point that it's becoming bothersome and you don't enjoy them. So in a moderately-clean court, it's okay. It features a herringbone traction pattern with a section in the lateral part of the outsole having the peak of the herringbone facing sideways giving the shoe a multi-directional coverage. This style or arrangement of herringbone was also used in the Marquee Boost and even on the Dame 5 so I guess it's safe to say that it is good.

FIT:



This is a size 9 and it feels it is a bit longer in length. However, it isn't too big of a problem since my feet weren't popping out of the shoe nor I experience my feet sliding or shifting inside the shoe that may cause instability or ankle rolling. Using a thick pair of socks should be a quick work-around with this. I normally use thick socks anyway so no extra effort on my part personally. I think I'll be fine with size 8.5, but since I normally wear size 9 so that's what I chose. Also, I chose to buy the hightop version because I wasn't a fan of that sculpting in the ankle collar area in the lows. I just feel it kinda exaggerated. And I also prefer hightop or mids in general the padding on the collar on these were nice. Actually, even the lowtop version is padded nicely so it's up to you guys if you want the lowtop or the hightop.

It has a wide base particularly in the forefoot which promotes stability and helpful for shooters who need to square up for their shot. On the lateral side, you will find a TPU piece to contain your feet especially in situations where the upper might give-in the force that you have exerted (since it is textile and generally softer compared to a stiffer material). So that will adds as another layer of protection or foot containment particularly during lateral movements. I suggest that you try them on in stores just to be sure.

PRICE:




The lowtop retails for Php 5,500 while this hightop version retails for Php 5,800. So 300-peso difference, you decide whether you want to stick to your budget or spend a bit more for the hightop one. Whatever your decision might is, you will still get a solid shoe from adidas that is within their mid-tier price range. Of course, you can't price a team shoe that high because this is basically catered towards multiple player positions who needs a versatile shoe. For this specific shoe, I bought this at Intersports Store in Vertis North. I am pretty sure this is also available in other stores and who knows, you might find this in sale racks so you might even get a sweeter deal especially that we are already in the "-ber" months (Christmas sale season here in the Philippines hahaha).

CONCLUSION:



To sum it up, I really enjoyed playing in the adidas Pro Bounce Madness 2019. Sure, the design isn't that flashy and in fact I find too plain especially because of that mesh material. But it is a solid performer and for me, function weighs more than looks so I really can't complain. Bounce foam is versatile and is ideal for multiple player positions if you don't really need to much cushioning or impact protection. The impact protection it gives is so versatile that's why it is used in their running shoes and lifestyle kicks as well. If you are looking a shoe from adidas that is in the mid-tier range, chances are it will feature a Bounce cushioning. That's how widely it is used. The Pro Bounce 2019 would likely perform almost identical as this with just a slight difference (I think) so I guess it's up to you which team model do you prefer.