In Soles is accepting pre-orders for Li-Ning Yu Shuai 12

For hoopers in the Philippines who are looking to be different by rocking a basketball shoe that is not readily available in the Philippine market, In Soles got your back by offering kicks from popular Chinese brands like Li-Ning, Peak, Anta, and 361 Degrees. In fact, they are now accepting pre-orders for the Li-Ning Yu Shuai 12 which will be worn by CJ McCollum of the Portland Trailblazers. The upper material somewhat varies depending on the colorway (4 options). It features a shroud-like material on top covering the midfoot and toe area. Underneath it are large mesh panels, with the ankle collar area made up of a stretchy material. From a quick look, it looks supportive, containing your foot inside the shoe assuming you get the right size for you. The midsole is Li-Ning's latest cushioning material called Drive Foam which was also used on Li-Ning's flagship model, the WoW 6 although I am not exactly sure how thy implemented it in this particular model. It could be full-length or zone-specific area. But the good news is, you can experience their latest cushioning on their mid-tier models. As I said, In Soles got your back on this, as they are now accepting pre-orders and the people behind In Soles are easy to deal with so if you are from the Philippines and would like to get a pair of Yu Shuai 12's then here is your chance since we don't know when they will reach here in the Philippines (if Li-Ning Philippines decide to carry them) Price range would be from Php 5,400-6,000 available in EUR sizes 40, 41, 41.5,42,43 ,43.5 ,44 ,45 ,45.5,46,47 and 47.5.  You can contact them through their facebook page <HERE>.

Via: In Soles

Keds X Rifle Paper Co

While the weather isn't ideal for a lot of sneakerheads since they can't flex their kicks as they would want to during rainy season, some are just waiting get a glimpse of a fair day where they can rock their kicks just for a short time. Keds' recent collaboration with stationary/greeting card company, Rifle Paper Co will surely drive the rainy blues away with this awesome and colorful designs that run across different Keds silhouettes. From slip-ons, laced sneakers, to espadrilles, there are a lot of designs to choose them with design patterns ranging from printed on the upper itself or embroidered which adds another texture to the material itself. Great for the lady sneakerheads or even the kids who would want to switch the gloomy weather vibe into a colorful rainy season, you can visit the Keds' store at SM The Block in North Edsa to check out the different kicks there. Here are some images that I took when I visited their store last weekend.

Nike KD 11 In-Store Images

Here are in-store images of the Nike KD 11 that I spotted at Nike Park in Trinoma. The knit upper  isn't overly stretchy for the most part which is good since you need to have a supportive upper especially with light materials like textiles. However, the ankle area has a some give for some access when you wear them. There are suede like panels on the heel area which also acts as an external heel counter to reinforce the heel area lessening instability issues. The midsole is composed of a full-length Zoom Air unit with React foam that act as a carrier. The React foam substitute the usual Phylon foam that Nike uses in most of their basketball models so it looks like React foam is here to stay and I'm sure in the future different versions of React foam will be used in different cushion setups. The translucent cup sole with a wavy traction pattern is not usual in Nike's performance models and personally do not have any experience with it in terms of playing them. The shoe retails for Php 7,645 and while the colorway is pretty neutral, I am not yet completely sold on the appeal of this colorway so I'll just wait for more colorways to drop in the coming months. Have you copped a pair of KD 11? Do you like them? What can you say on the React foam used in this setup? Type away your experience below and let your feedbacks be heard.

Zoom Shift 2

Another mid-tier model from Nike called the Zoom Shift 2 takes a more minimalist route compared to the first Zoom Shift. Also a lowtop, this one has a bootie construction with a shroud-like look on the mid to forefoot area. The upper is made up of textile which promotes breathability and is lightweight. Getting the right fit is essential here because you don't want the shoe to have a lot of dead space inside to the point that your foot slides inside the shoe easily which is a recipe for injury. The lacing system has been somewhat modified to cover a lot of ground while keeping the lockdown optimal. So this and the getting the right fit would play a major role. As the name suggests, Zoom Air combined with phylon foam takes up the cushioning department while the solid rubber outsole with a scale-like traction pattern which is kinda overlapping gives you multi-directional coverage. You can get them now with 2 options for colorway at Toby's Sport in SM North Edsa for Php 4,995.

Harden B/E 2 'Summer Pack'

Here is another part of adidas' "Summer Pack" and this time, done on James Harden's off-season kicks, the Harden B/E 2. Just like the Harden Vol 2, it features a black-based upper made of textile so you can be sure it is lightweight and ideal for summer leagues since it allows some heat to escape. The design pattern on the Harden Vol 2 is also present here, although it takes a more conservative approach because you can find it inside the lining of the shoe. Full-length Bounce cushion was used to provide a responsive ride while still giving you the impact protection that you need. The Adiwear outsole makes the solid rubber outsole more durable so you can ball in them in both indoor and outdoor courts. You can get them now at Toby's Sports in SM North Edsa.

Harden Vol 2. 'Summer Pack'

Yes, it's summertime. But for others who like to take their skills to the next level, summer is another day at the office where it is another opportunity to get better. This Harden Vol 2 Summer colorway has a multi-colored design pattern which is a bit striking but not too much. The full-length Boost foam gives you superb energy return while the lateral TPU cage in the forefoot area provides stability. Underneath is where you find the white solid rubber outsole with Adiwear which makes it ideal whether you want to work out your game either indoors or outdoors. You can grab a pair now at the adidas store in SM North Edsa Annex for Php 7,500.