World Balance Court Dynasty

I saw another basketball performance model from World Balance which looks good. The World Balance Court Dynasty has a low-top build made from textile upper. The silhouette looks like the World Balance Phenom but the midsole tooling is similar to the Game Evolution model which I am currently doing a performance review. The most noticeable thing is the midfoot strap to take care of midfoot containment. Cushioning is standard EVA foam with the Terra Soft Insole. Underneath is a translucent rubber outsole with multi-directional herringbone traction pattern. The best thing is that they just retail Php 1,799 and is available now at various World Balance stores.

UA Curry 3 Zero II

The next Curry 3 Zero looks like an off-court shoe than a performance sneaker in my opinion. Maybe because it seem like it's more bulkier than the Curry 4 and the Curry 5 is a low-top sneaker. However, since this is classified as a basketball performance model, this might appeal to those who prefer a higher cut shoe. No official word yet when it comes to tech specs but the upper looks like a synthetic nubuck of some sort with fuse rands on the lacing system. Let's just hope this one has a good cushion source since the Curry 4 and the Curry 5 is just made up of a basic foam. Although, the shoe is said to fall on the $99 mark so we can still expect it to have no special cushioning. However, these are the times where brands tend to lower the prices of their kicks even though there are more techs put in a shoe. So let's just say I'm hoping that this will have some sorts of special cushioning. Like a different heel cushion perhaps? These are schedule to drop this summer so let's wait and see for official word from Under Armour.


Nike PG 2 'Mamba Mentality'

Kobe's career might be over, but the Mamba Mentality lives on and translates to other Nike basketball's line. Here is an example of the PG 2 in the Mamba Mentality colorway. Donning in purple hue (Paul George in purple... hmm), it has that playful look to it especially with that graphic design in the ankle area. Underneath is a translucent outsole with the area in forefoot where the Zoom unit is located is made up of solid rubber (and the PG logo as well) The overall construction looks pretty much identical to the other colorways so expect them to perform the same as well. The PG 2 received a lot of good feedback and even priced fairly good in my opinion. There are numerous PG2 colorways that already dropped and I think this one is the most striking by far to me. The shoe is available now at Nike Park in Trinoma.

Puma Suede X MAC Cosmetics

Continuing Puma Suede's 50th anniversary, they joined with makeup line, MAC Cosmetics and came up with this awesome colorways for the Puma Suede. Solid color blockings of some of MAC's lip shades namely Creme d' Nude, Lady Danger, and Sin were used and I must admit, these look fresh and very stylish in my opinion. On the lateral heel area, you can see a smudge or swatching of that color particular color although it is very subtle due to the single color blocking of the entire shoe. The tongue has that MAC branding and the suede upper really gives a nice texture complementing to the shoe's color considering that these came from their lipstick line. The shoe will come in a special box and are set to release on May 17. 2018 at and select retailers.


Nike LeBron Soldier 12 'Bred'

More bred colorways and this time in the LeBron Soldier line. The Nike LeBron Solider XII will carry the black/red or what most people call "bred" and it gives the shoe a more solid look. The Soldier line has been a solid shoe to begin with and there were times that even LeBron himself rocked them in the post season where it matters the most. It is made up of mostly black with materials comprised Battleknit in the midfoot and leather toe area. The cross straps are also in black with the logo of the swoosh and LeBron in red with white lining. The inner lining of the shoe is in red with the midsole and outsole decked in black and white combo. These are stated to drop on May 18, 2018 for a retail price of $130.


First Look at Nike KD 11

We now have a first look at Kevin Durant's 11 signature shoe. The overall look of the shoe takes on a different route when you compare it to the KD 9 and KD 10. Actually, i find it nice because you while it is important to show that your product is progressing from its previous model, you can still do it even you change the overall look of the shoe. Not to mention, it also gives a fresh look for your followers as well. As for the tech specs that we know, Flyknit upper can be seen with some fuse and synthetic panels as well but the overall build is still conservative. The knit looks structured and looks like it gives additional structure (similar to the Battleknit used in the Lebron Soldier 12). Cushioning is made up of React foam with full-length cushion and it looks like they are starting to utilize the React foam more better compared to when it was launched in the Hyperdunk. The React foam used in their current running line feels very comfy just from a try-on and if they were able to make it bit less mushy then it would be great foam carrier to house the full-length Zoom Air. Lastly, a circular pattern in the outsole was used and in this particular colorway, we can see a translucent rubber and I wouldn't be surprised if they use solid rubber in other colorways. Will we see KD 11 this playoffs? Only time will tell but it looks like Nike keeps on hitting us with great performance models and I hope they continue to do that since they are arguably on top of the totem pole and brands will try to beat the top dog with the latest tech/innovation which is very beneficial to the consumers.

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Nike Kyrie 4 '41 For the Ages'

Remembering Kyrie's stellar performance during the Game 5 of NBA 2015 finals where he dropped 41 points, Nike made this colorway which features a black-based upper made up of engineered mesh and suede panel in the ankle area. Crimson hits can be seen on the outsole, lace eyelets, logo in the tongue and inner lining of the shoe. The heel area has a brick graphics symbolizing him shooting bricks but that doesn't stop him and instead keep on striving, putting those things behind and continuing to do the hardwork which paid off in the end. He may be a Celtic now and this color scheme don't have any hints of his current team's color, but the shoe has a neutral vibe to it so I'm sure a lot of Kyrie fans or just a fan of the shoe can match this with their jersey colors without too much effort. You can grab a pair now at Nike Park in Trinoma.

Air Jordan 13 Tinker Hatfield

Tinker Hatfield's early sketches of the Air Jordan 13 will manifest physically and you can see the similarities to the Air Jordan 13 especially the dimpling in the upper material and that logo, although this one has a triangular shape instead of circular which some call the cat's eye. While the Air Jordan 13 is a great shoe and seeing this design makes me feel that this could also pass for a hoop shoe during that time. I love the implementation of the midfoot strap and while there are speculations that the shoe might drop in August, I do hope that they would use the same cushioning because those Zoom Air units used back in the day are one of the reasons why Nike/Jordan were on top of the list of best performing sneakers.

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Veja shoes

Fashion trend nowadays have a faster shelf life. And while some of the trends tend to repeat or gets a second life, you can deny that a lot of these things would leave a trail in the environment especially if the materials used would require long years to deteriorate. Some brands are starting to be more and more aware of this and try to recycle these materials and use them but in a new form. Veja, another foreign brand is one of those brands who are more aware of the environmental issues that we are facing and is doing their fair share of step in help preserving nature but still being able to make a good product. These products are now available in the Philippines specifically at Capital. Most of their raw materials came from organic sources and are being harvested by actual people to minimize pollution. Some of the materials used are organic cotton for the linings and insole and the rubber came from wild rubber from the Amazonian forest. While the shoe has a very simple look, you can't deny that these are fresh and you gotta give them major props for taking this extra step in help preserving nature. You can always research about Veja in the web for more information about their company and philosophy. For the shoes, you can get them at various Capital stores. For these specific models, you can get them at Capital Trinoma.