adidas Originals Deerupt

Inspired by retro silhouettes, adidas was able to fuse the current look with some retro design cues but still make it very modern. The adidas Originals Deerupt is is very similar to Pharrell's Tennis Hu in terms of looks which is good because the whole vibe of the shoe feels relaxed. The netting overlay that can be seen throughout the whole shoe pays homage to adidas' old running shoes that span even in the 80's. Now, it's brought back somewhat in today's lifestyle kicks. A soft upper keeps everything light and for extra comfort, a padded foam insole was used together with the EVA foam to provide good cushioning. Sure it doesn't contain Boost, but the still feels comfy and light to wear. There are different colorways to choose from so whether you want to attract some heat with your kicks or just keep it low key, these are fire. I've spotted them at Capital in Trinoma and was able to take some in-store images for you to check out. The shoe retails for Php 5,800.

Chris Paul's signature line returns

After some hiatus, the CP3 line makes a comeback. This is the CP3.XI and the shoe looks simple and premium with that upper kinda looks like suede. He is fond of straps so yes, straps will be an integral part of the shoe to promote good midfoot lockdown but this stretches diagonally from the forefoot area so there is a wider coverage so to speak. Zoom Air is his ideal cushioning and will be back again which is a forefoot and heel setup. I am intrigued with the shoe and we all know CP3's kicks are really guard friendly so if you love court feel and responsiveness, then this should be a good choice. The CP3 line in general had always gained positive feedback and while it had a brief break in its run, Chris Paul's transfer to the Rockets and their good standing could also be a factor that Jordan Brand continued the line to give a good shine to one of NBA's top "Point Gods". They are schedule to launch in April but we don't have any price yet so we'll just wait a bit longer.

Via: Nike

Puma Suede Ignite

The Puma Suede is one of those classic silhouettes which are still being sought even now. If you love rocking Puma, then this silhouette is always on your rotation. As Puma celebrated the shoe's 50th anniversary, they re-released the classic Suede in its OG fashion. Aside from that, they bridged the gap by having the classic look of the Suede with a more comfortable cushioning with the use of their Ignite foam. The Ignite foam was first used in Puma's running line and reached their lifestyle kicks as well used in various models and most of them sporting modern upper materials. Now, we get to see them in a suede leather upper with leather panel on the branding. The gold hits on the Suede is still present which is a nod to the classic silhouette. Some might think that they would ruin the look of the Suede because of the utilization of Ignite Foam, however Puma keep things simple by still having a lower midsole platform and just using a thin version of the foam. It isn't as thick and absorbent as the Ignite runners, but you can still feel the impact protection that the foam is known for. If you love the Puma Suede and want some more cushioning, then this a good choice. The shoe retails for Php 4,550 and is available now at Puma in Glorietta 4.

Lebron 15 'Holywood'

Continuing with the odd color themes, here is another Lebron 15 colorway which is already available now. They dubbed this colorway "Holywood" and when I saw the images that float in the net some time ago, it wasn't that appealing. However, when I saw these in person, they do look good. In fact, I already saw someone play in these. It has that pink, almost dark salmon like color which is a "curve ball" so to speak since you don't usually this kind of colorway in the Lebron line. The gold and black accents makes the whole color scheme not too monotonous and in fact, the gold color in the midsole and swoosh branding is a nice touch that it makes my eyes more fixated on that gold hit than the rest of the upper. In my eye, it's like "Umm it has a pink/salmon colored upper, but look at that gold hit on the midsole." that's what I thought the first time I see them in person. The midsole has some speckled hits to break the pink color transitioning to the gold color in the Max Zoom unit, which is not visible because of the gold accent covering the Zoom fibers. Underneath is a translucent outsole which I think is a good addition in this particular colorway (it's either a white translucent or white solid rubber, whichever looks good IMO). I've seen some pairs at Nike in Glorietta 4 which retails for Php 9,295.

Nike Lebron 15 'Orange Box'

Inspired by Nike's old box/packaging Lebron and his design team made this colorway of the Nike Lebron 15. It has an orange Battleknit upper with white accents on the Nike branding on the lateral ankle aspect of the shoe. While the color of the upper is really loud, there are grey accents on the midsole area of different shades and even the outsole is made in grey just to give a more balanced color blocking on the shoe. There are some odd colorways of the Nike Lebron 15 and while I haven't seen this in stores yet, there are some colorways that I don't feel in images but look good in actuality (like the California colorway). There is no release date yet but these are projected to retail for $200.


Nike Air Precision II

There are budget kicks out there that shouldn't be slept on. An example of those kicks are the Prime Hype as it features a dual density foam setup and is light weight. Last year, I saw the Nike Air Precision in the store shelves and maybe because the reception is good that Nike continued the line this year. The Nike Air Precision II is very identical to the Air Precision in terms of the silhouette and there are some slight changes made as well. For the similarities, it is still made up of a mesh upper with textile backing the upper material. The adaptive lacing system can still be found in the midfoot area for foot containment. The midsole and outsole tooling remains the same. Phylon foam with an Nike Air unit in the heel and it is still not visible unlike some other Nike models in the same price tier. The outsole is still made up of a solid rubber with circular traction pattern so more or less cushioning and traction will almost be the same as last year's model. The difference would be the cut in the ankle collar area. This year's version has a dip which makes the ankle area somewhat sculptped and the swoosh placement is moved on that area as well. The shoe retails for Php 3,695 and is available at Toby's Sports Trinoma.

Nike PG 2 'All-Star'

Celebrating Paul George's 5th NBA All-Star appearance, the Nike PG 2 colorway which was worn by Paul George during All-Star is already available at various Titan stores. A subtle olive colored upper with black and orange hits were used. A translucent outsole was used in this particular colorway which is different from the launch colorway and the March Madness colorway which is made up of a solid rubber outsole. The colorways of the PG 2 that have been released so far are all quite pleasing to me in my opinion. Simple as it may look, the tech specs on these would likely help you in your game especially if you love the responsiveness of Zoom Air cushion. This colorway is available now at various Titan stores for Php 5,795.

Via: Titan

KD 10 Aunt Pearl

Here are more detailed images of the Nike KD 10 "Aunt Pearl" that I was able to scope at Titan Vertis North. Sporting a light pink to upper all throughout, it is too clean to be brought in the court for a good run. It is a nice colorway make no mistake, it's just one of those kicks that you want preserve its cleanliness and not to attract some dirt or might get stepped on. I mean come on, it's looks like a good piece of delicate fabric. Just look at that velvet-like material on the ankle area. The wings design which is a common design piece of the Aunt Pearl colorway is present and is located at the heel counter area. Serene and calming as it looks, these are good to go for some serious balling. Just like the regular version of the Nike KD 10, the upper is still structured and protected and it still has the Max Zoom unit underneath for cushioning (full-length). And just like any other Aunt May colorways, a part (I think) of the shoe's cost will go to the Kay Yow cancer research organization. If you are interested, there are some pairs available at Titan Vertis North for Php 7,695.