Answer V BBC Ice Cream

 Aside from the OG colorway releases, Reebok also plans on dropping dope colorways just like this one. The Answer V itself is one of those iconic silhouettes in Reebok basketball since it dropped during AI's prime. Old heads like me pretty sure remembers that commercial of the AI Vs featuring Jadakiss. Now, it is brought back again and this time having the BBC Ice Cream treatment. Colorful shades of teal, yellow, purple can be seen throughout the upper. The Ice Cream logo replaced the AI logo on the jewel piece on the lateral side. However, there is an AI Ice Cream tagged hanging on the laces which is a good addition. The materials on the upper are leather and suede and I'm pretty sure cushion tech remains the same which is the DMX Ipak just like recent re-release. I haven't had the chance to cop the Answer Vs due to its price but I do hope to cop them in the future maybe when it isn't too costy for me. I am not in a hurry since there are a lot of kicks dropping every month so I'll just continue lurking and cop it when I feel like it. But for these, February 1 is what they are eyeing in terms of release date and expect them to drop in limited quantities.


kixspotted: Puma Clyde Hardwood

Puma have been firing all cylinders by keeping its visibility in the basketball performance shoe category. With the likes of Clyde Court and Puma Legacy, this silhouette could be a better representation of bridging the old and the new. The Puma Clyde Hardwood really looks like one of those classic silhouettes from Puma at a quick glance or from afar. However, once you look closely, you will see its construction on the upper made from a combination of textile and leather. As for the look itself, it kinda looks plain and I like it. It would easily pass as an off-court shoe due to its low-cut profile and of course since this is intended for basketball, the support pieces are present like the heel clip and that rubber wrapped in the midsole to stabilize the foam. Speaking of foam, the Puma Clyde Hardwood utilizes what they call PROFOAM. It's an EVA derivative but with great rebounding and energy return properties according their site. I have no experience with the foam as of yet and I hope it is better than the one implemented on the Puma Legacy which feature Puma's Hybrid cushion. Underneath, you can see a solid rubber outsole with a modified traction pattern of the Puma classic shoes at the rear with multi-directional herringbone pattern on the forefoot. It feels thick enough so I hope it plays well. Three colorways are available now (all are nice in my opinion) at the Puma store in Trinoma retailing for Php 6,230.

New Balance OMN1S dropping this 25th in the Philippines

We officially now have a release date on Kawhi's first signature shoe with New Balance. Dubbed as OMN1S (latin word is Omnis which means of everything), it mirrors Kawhi's play style being versatile, with his ability to send teams crying with his offense or making them inefficient with his defense. The shoe is made from a textile material with a midfoot strap for containment. New Balance's Fuel Cell foam was utilized here and was used full-length on the midsole. It just shows that New Balance doesn't want to cut corners on Kawhi's first signature shoe.

Tagged at Php 7,995 (Php 6,495 youth sizes), the shoe will drop in a number of colorways like Reign, Heat Wave, Baited, Lights On, Lights Out, and City of Angels. Also, there will be some apparel dropping on its January 25, 2020 release date. These will be available in selected New Balance stores like BHS, Glorietta 4, and Trinoma branches. However, I am not sure if every branch will carry all the colorways or not. So just be sure to follow their social media accounts for more info.

Via: New Balance

UA Curry 7 CNY 2020

Chinese New Year is also one of those holidays that NBA players can strut their kicks especially when those kicks are signature shoe just because brands usually deck out these signature models for more marketing push. And with the Chinese New Year coming in just a number of days, Under Armour made a CNY colorway of the Curry 7 even though he is not playing (of course there could be other athletes in the NBA who can still rock them on court this season). The most obvious thing in this year's CNY colorway of the Curry 7 is that the color blocking kinda took a step back from the usual red color that is usually used. And while this could be a not so popular more, this would make the shoe stand out assuming that most brands will deck their CNY-themed kicks in red or jade which is kinda a smart move too. The gold accent on the support plate is very obvious so this breaks the monotonous grey shade found on the upper. Also there's a graphic design of a flower found on the heel area which is subtle. So all in all, I can say that the Curry 7 CNY colorway is somewhat unique and could separate itself from the rest if the other brands decided to just use that usual red palette this year. By the way, these are available at Olympic World Trinoma for Php 7,995.

Nike PG 4 available locally

Paul George's fourth signatur shoe a.k.a. the Nike PG4 is now available locally and it is sparking my interest just because it looks nice (kinda remind me of the Nike Adapt BB) and the price is also very tempting just below the 6k mark. The only thing that I didn't like is the outsole. I just hope it was solid rubber all throughout because I am not feeling the traction pattern. As for the blue outsole, maybe they will have some colorways that have full solid rubber. But aside from those, I'm cool with the design. That zipper/shroud action looks good even though it is open mesh, I'm good. As for cushion tech, word is they have Nike Air strobel. So imagine it's like KD recent shoe model, but instead of Zoom Air this one is Nike Air. While I haven't experienced playing in those cushion setups, that is a brilliant move by Nike by putting their tech as close to your foot as possible.

These are available now at Nike Forum in Robinsons Magnolia for Php 5,795.

Via: Nike Forum

Jordan Why Not Zero.3

Russell Westbrook's third signature shoe is now here and in my opinion the shoe's design elements really adheres to Russ' fashion choice. As per the colorway, they are calling this Zero Noise colorway which drew inspiration from Russ being able to shut down any outside noise and just focus on his game. As for the design scheme, it still has that deconstructed vibe just like last year but this one pushed the envelope even further. However, it doesn't look like that performance will be compromised and just like last year's model you will also get forefoot Zoom Air which is articulated this time around. Personally, I'm digging that strap in the midfoot with regards to aesthetics (maybe could also help with performance). The shoe comes in men's size tagged at Php 6,745 and GS sizes Php 4,595 which you can get at Titan Fort, Vertis, Conrad, Alaband, UPTC, and their online platform and via app.

Via: Titan

Best Foot Forward: World Balance Cassian

This holiday season, people are finding ways to stretch your budget for Christmas shopping. The best way would be to look for trendy kicks that do not break the bank. One brand that comes to my mind is World Balance which offers lifestyle kicks and even performance shoes for both men and women.

An example is the World Balance Cassian. Made from suede and nylon mesh upper, the Cassian is lightweight because of its construction utilizing lightweight foam midsole and Bounce Pad Insole system for extra comfort. The rubber outsole can be seen on the forefoot and heel area to reduce weight. I think it also comes in dark colorway but I think this one is really nice because of that grey suede accent which gives a premium look in my opinion. These are available at World Balance stores which retails for Php 1,999.