Puma Hoops Launch Event

Puma hosted an event earlier in New York and honestly, I am excited to see the German brand establish their footing again in the basketball performance sneaker category. They unveiled the Puma Clyde Court Disrupt which was heavily inspired by the Puma Clyde with updated materials, tech, and look. NBA player Rudy Gay and basketball athletes like Deandre Ayton and Marving Bagley III attended the said event. Expected to arrive in fall 2018, the shoe still looks like a lifestyle shoe to me but with some support pieces for support. Textile upper is the trend nowadays so seeing this, it looks like they are ready to show the basketball shoe community that they are coming and hopefully they deliver. I am not exactly sure but it looks like cushioning source would be these pellets of some sort although it's really hard to distinguish. If these were to designed to give you great energy return, then it is safe to say they are heading the right direction. Sure, they are not yet in the radar in terms of basketball performance since it's been a long time since they got key athletes to endorse their products. If I'm not mistaken Vince Carter wore Puma during his dunk contest during the NBA All-Star Weekend, so he was the last key athlete I think that rocked their kicks. With the Puma Clyde's rich heritage and latest tech, this would be very easy to gather a huge following especially when performance is top notch. As for myself, I am excited to see Puma have a slice of that pie again in the basketball performance field and hopefully they succeed.









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Jordan Why Not Zero.1 Low

Yesterday, we heard about the Kyrie 4 Low. Now, Jordan Brand's Why Not Zero.1 will have a lowtop version as well. Brodie's first signature shoe is quite a performer and I really enjoyed playing in them. (Performance Review coming soon). It features the same general look although from the images here, the upper material could be a bit different. The shroud and lace-toggle system still remains and even that bulky heel counter. I would also assume that same cushion setup, which is full-length Zoom Air will return in this lowtop version and same goes with the outsole. The main difference would be the absence of the strap and a bit lower cut. It doesn't too low when I look at these images but let's see when I get to see them personally. If the overall fit would be just like the regular version, I don't think that the absence of a strap would be a deal breaker since it fits very snug and contained. This would also shave some weight although not that very drastic. July 1, 2018 is the release date for this and will retail for $115.


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The Kyrie 4 isn't done yet

With the Kyrie 4 being arguably one of the better models out there in the Kyrie line, Nike decided to release a low-top version of the Kyrie 4 with some familiar design cues of the previous models. The first thing that I noticed (aside from the obvious lower cut design) is the midfoot strap which was taken from the Kyrie 2. Straps are one of the common ways to promote good lockdown if done right. While this has yet to be proven in the Kyrie 4 Low, the Kyrie 2 has some good midfoot lockdown so let's just hope it does the same here. The upper is made up of textile mesh which is also up-to-date with the trend. Of course, it lowers the cost and the Kyrie while still maintaining to be a good upper material besides knit. If there aren't too much fuse, then this would't feel too plasticky or kinda outdated. For this specific colorway, underneath is a gum outsole with some pressure-mapping colored design pattern similar to the Kyrie 3 and it looks like forefoot Zoom Air will be implemented for the lowtop version. No official word yet with regards to pricing and word is July will be its release date. What do you think guys? Will you go with the lowtop version or just stick with the mid?




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Air Jordan 14

Relive the shot the further cemented Michael Jordan's legacy in the NBA and will always be considered as the GOAT. The Air Jordan 14 black/red is an away colorway for the Chicago Bulls who have to win that 1998 NBA finals against the Utah Jazz. It took a ball swipe from Karl Malone, and with the game clock closing to zero, everyone knows that MJ will take the "last shot" to seal the game. Combination of leather and nubuck upper, the Jumpman logo was made in such a way that it would look like a Ferrari which the shoe taken its inspiration from. The shoe is already available at Capital Glorietta for Php 9,445 in limited quantities.

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Air Jordan 12 'Michigan' PE

This Michigan PE of the Air Jordan 12 features a premium-looking suede upper in blue with a striking yellow accent on the top eyelet, mudguard, Jumpman brandings and M logo on the tongue. The yellow outsole completes the look which shows exclusivity. The shoe drops on June 23, 2018 for $225.





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Nike Kobe AD NXT 360 in multi-color

Summertime in the States means some conservative or neutral-based colorways for basketball models. However, it doesn't stop the brands to try to be a bit playful in terms of color execution. For the Nike Kobe AD NXT 360, this grey dominant color has multi-color hits underneath the upper. This gives a subtle colorway execution which is conservative, but the volt color found in the outsole makes it more interesting. Same key tech specs which the means 360-degree flyknit construction and drop-in React foam and Zoom Air combo is still present. Scheduled to release this summertime, the shoe retails for $200.





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Nike Air Force 1 X Play Station

Nike's partnership with Play Station doesn't stop with the PG 1. Here is an intriguing shot with the Nike Air Force 1 Low silhouette. Upper is made up of leather and patent leather combination in the midfoot/forefoot and heel respectively. The leather swoosh logo was replaced with a bluish jewel swoosh branding with the heel design contains the Play Station logo on the left foot and the face buttons (square, triangle, circle, x) on the right foot. The outsole is translucent with bluish tint although we cannot see if there is a design underneath it. This collaboration is said to release on June 11, 2018 just in time for the E3 conference which will take place in LA on June 12-14 so expect these to drop in limited quantities around that time.

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Saucony Liberty ISO

For runners who want to expand their choices in selecting a running shoe, you might want to try out Saucony's Liberty ISO. For moderate pronators, it features an engineered mesh upper which is lightweight perfect if you run for quite long distances. The ISO fit provides a dynamic fit providing a somewhat custom fit. Saucony's full-length EVERUN midsole provides you the impact protection that you need with a thinner EVERUN topsole cushioning for a more responsive ride. There is a TPU medial piece acts as a guidance frame for stability and support as well. Three colorways are available now at the Saucony store in Trinoma for Php 6995.









In-Store Images Harden Vol 2 LS

Here are some in-store images of the adidas Harden Vol 2 LS which I saw at Capital store in Trinoma. Just as the name suggest, this shoe suits more as an off-court shoe because of its build. The first Harden LS can somewhat be used for some light basketball runs, and I highly doubt you can play in these like last year's LS model. The shoe features a nice cut of suede and tumbled leather throughout the upper. The leather feels some and premium to touch. The midfoot has a hook-strap system to give you a nice fit. Full-length Boost foam can be seen which like the Harden Vol 2 performance model is also chunky, but you can see the absence of the TPU cage/wrap in the lateral aspect of the shoe. Underneath is a solid rubber outsole with a different traction pattern. These are available now at the Capital store in Trinoma for Php 8,500.








Vans assembles this Marvel heroes collection

With the success of Avengers: Infinity War in movie theaters, different collaborations span from toys, to apparel among others. For Vans, they will have the said collaboration from adult kicks to their kids sneakers to celebrate the success of Marvel. From the iconic heroes like Spiderman, Thor, Hulk, up to the heroes that made big waves recently like Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Deadpool, different design schemes ala comic book images were made to represent these heroes and brought them back in a unique way that Marvel fans would surely enjoy. The said collaboration is set to release this June 8 at select Vans retailers so be sure to check your local vans store for these.






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