Nike KD 12

The Nike KD 12 was unveiled recently and while the right thing to do was post it once press kits or press releases are available, I kinda want to make sure that there won't be any retracting of statement when it comes to tech specs. I think it was last week where I've seen somewhere on Intagram that the Nike KD 12 will have a 3 kinds of cushioning namely a heel Zoom Air, Nike Air and a full-length Zoom Air that's integrated in the strobel board.

To be honest, it made me very excited although I just want to wait for the official word from Nike and now here it is, kinda late but hey, I really did that on purpose.

The shoe will primarily be made of synthetic textile where the Quad-Axial flywire is integrated. For cushioning, the KD 12 will have a modified strobel board which will have a full-length Zoom Air which gives off an unlocked Zoom feeling. The strobel board is a key component in a shoe build and incorporating a key cushioning tech there would bring the impact protection/responsive ride closer to the wearer. There is a heel Zoom Air added for more impact protection. Injected phylon gives a lightweight base foam and the TPU wrap in the side wall will take care of stability especially in a shoe where there's a lot going on in the cushioning. Finally, we can see a translucent outsole although I am not sure if there will be colorways that will feature a solid rubber outsole. I am interested in copping a pair soon because its retail price is very tempting at $150, but I still have some backlogs in terms of performance review so this will have to wait a bit.

Via: Nike

#kixspotted World Balance Crunchtime

If you are familiar with World Balance's basketball model High Voltage but was hesitant to cop a pair because you are not comfortable with a lowtop shoe, then there is a new model which has a somewhat similar build called the "Crunchtime". It has a higher cut but is still light because of the materials used which were primarily textile with some thin synthetic fuse overlays to give some protection against ripping especially in rugged moments. I said earlier that is this very similar to one of World Balance's basketball model, the High Voltage because they share the same midsole and outsole tooling. The midsole is composed of a combination EVA foam with a more rigid side wall material that act a support piece in the lateral side of the shoe. Of course, let's not forget the Terra Soft Insole System which is one of World Balance's key tech in terms of cushioning. This adds another layer of impact protection and step-in comfort. The outsole is made up of solid rubber with the same pattern as the High Voltage which offers a multi-direction coverage. Two colorways are available now at World Balance stores and retails for Php 2,299.

Harden Vol 3 'Geek Up'

It is without a doubt that James Harden has been putting up great numbers for the Houston Rockets especially when the roster was depleted as he made continuous scoring barrage during that stretch. Of course, that wouldn't go unnoticed that's why adidas continues pouring more to his signature line, particularly the Harden Vol. 3. This particular colorway represents the "Geek Up" collection features a black color combined with red, as it takes care of the whole design execution of Harden's graphic silhouette, logo, and name placed on different parts of the shoe. It isn't too striking even though the design scheme could be too much for some as it involves graphics instead of just color schemes like most colorways are. But for me, it looks like those graphics tees but translated in a shoe. It isn't too much, just enough to make it noticeable but not over exaggerated IMO. They used leather primarily for the shoe's upper which I think is a good choice, although I wish they could have made the Boost foam in black as well. You can get them now at adidas Trinoma for Php 7,500.   

Dame 5 'Geek Up'

 Another colorway of the Dame 5 surfaced and it has a leather build for the upper just like the Ren Zhe. Calling it as "Geek Up", I think this is also part of a collection since there is also one made for the Harden Vol. 3. The upper is made from synthetic leather from forefoot to heel, and there are some texts written on it in a grafitti-like design. The midsole tooling is in black which makes the top part of the shoe having a more darker shade. Underneath is a translucent outsole with a graphic design of Lillard. Also, while it isn't too much of a big deal for some, but the signature of Dame in the medial part of the midfoot is missing and is replaced with just a leather panel. But the good this is we are still seeing some leather options for the Dame 5 and who knows, we might see more in the future. You can grab them now at adidas Trinoma for Php 6,000.

adidas Harden Vol 3 'Retro Rockets'

 This colorway of the adidas Harden Vol 3 pays homage to the Rockets' jersey theme back in the early 2000s. Made up of textile upper, you can see shades of blue, red and white in the upper where the Rockets were headed by Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen which was around 1995-2003. There are also nice details that were included like the pinstripe jersey number of Harden placed in the heel as well as the Rocket logo graphic on the medial side of the shoe. The Boost foam is in white which I think blends well with the colorway making it look clean. Also the outsole has a multi-colored shade of blue, red, and white with the use of a translucent rubber which is looks nice as well. Overall, this colorway of the Harden Vol 3 is a nice way of boosting up the teams spirit as it reminds the team of its greatness especially now that they are doing a serious push this second half of the season. You can grab a pair now at adidas Trinoma which retails for Php 7,500. 

kixspotted: Jordan Proto React

Taking some design cues from a space suit, the Jordan Proto React is a new silhouette from Jordan Brand's Flight Utility line. While it looks like a basketball shoe, let me point out that this is intended as a lifestyle or casual shoe as there are very support little structures present in the shoe which makes playing in them inefficient. The upper is made up of a lightweight material that forms like a shroud and underneath it is a bootie construction. There is a heel strap to give you a somewhat custom fit together with a customizable lace loops, but as I said this is not intended for basketball because of an absence of a sturdy heel counter. React foam was used in the midsole and I really don't know whether the consistency of the React foam used was similar to their running line or their basketball line (I hope from the running shoe) because it would add another layer of comfort. Underneath is a combination of a milky white and solid rubber outsole with a traction pattern that they are calling an exaggerated herringbone pattern but reminds me of a brain for some reason. Nonetheless, the shoe has that high-end fashion look because of the spacey-looking build and comes in 3 colorways which you can get now at Nike Park for Php 7,645.