BEST FOOT FORWARD: World Balance X Smiley

Was at the mall last week and saw this latest collab between World Balance and Smiley. Find out more by watching the video or you can read through the article below.

World Balance is on a roll doing collabs increasing brand awareness in the process. I was surprised that they didn't use the Kaia silhouette (collab is avail for women's size and youth size only). But on the other hand, it is okay since we don't want the Kaia or Invictus to be too diluted being used on every collab, just like what they did with the Star Wars collab. I mean the Invictus and Kaia is nice don't get me wrong and I have lots of them that's how I like the shoe, but using other silhouettes gives the brand more options on what silhouettes are effective on certain collabs keeping the possibilities open.

Going back to the said collaboration, giving it a nice packaging (box and even paper bag) adds plus points if you ask me. They even include a nice card which makes you feel special. Whether you get the womens or the youth size, you will get a different kind of paper bag. What we got is this silhouette featuring a canvas upper. There are other silhouettes (4 to choose from) together with fanny pack and some shirts. We (wife) got the one with canvas because of its raw look. She is into this kind of material and also you the look is very raw and you can easily pair it with almost anything. It is somewhat durable since it is canvas and there are very simple details to represent the collab but they were able to still give justice to it. I really like the embossed smiley stitching on the lateral side as well as underneath the translucent outsole. The heel area has an iridescent effect which adds a nice touch to it. There are also brandings on the BouncePad insole so just like I said, subtle details but effective in my opinion. I don't think I would want a large smiley design, this one suits me well as it is pleasing to the eye.

Also, the pricepoint is very nice tagged at Php 1,899 with the youth sizes being Php 50 less, so this is a win-win situation where you get a brand collab shoe or even apparel without breaking your wallet. The said collection is available now at World Balance stores so I suggest you check out their facebook or Instagram page and even their website for more info. Here are some detailed images of the silhouette that we bought at the World Balance store in Trinoma.

Draymond Green signed with Converse and will be wearing the G4

Converse sign Golden State Warriors' big man, Draymond Green. This is a good move by Nike since Converse is technically under Nike's umbrella so transitioning players who are under them wouldn't be too much of a problem. Also, this could also help revive Converse in the basketball performance shoe game. With Kelly Oubre Jr. signed as well, the addition of Draymond is a perfect fit for what the brand represented especially back in the day and we are hoping to see more athletes rep Converse in the future.

He will be wearing Converse G4 which is packed with Nike's Zoom Air in the forefoot and React foam in the heel area. While this is a good start, I hope that Converse brings back their techs particularly the React Gel. But of course, since Nike owns Converse then borrowing good from them tech isn't bad either. The shoe looks sturdy and I might cop a pair when they drop in the future. The question is when will these drop in the Philippines. Converse's last basketball shoe dropped a bit later compared when it released in the States so it was overshadowed by the recent drop from other brands during that time. So hopefully we will have a have a global release date soon. Also, word is that they will come in low and high-top versions retailing for $110 and $120 respectively. 

Via: Bleacher Report Kicks

Nike Air Max 90 Flyease

The Nike Flyease line is back again with another shoe and this time it's a lifestyle shoe. The Nike Air Max 90 Flyease shares the same design language as the regular Air Max 90s with some modifications made particularly on the heel part of the shoe. Having a softer textile material at the rear area, this makes the person slide his feet easily and the good thing is that the material has some sturdiness to it that it would pop back to its regular shape making it look like a regular shoe. Sure, the rear part is a bit different, but it is a nice addition especially for people who have problems with tying their shoelaces for whatever reason. The upper material looks pretty much the same as well as the primary cushion tech which is an Air Max bag in the heel so there's no dramatic changes made and in fact, we can even call this an upgrade. These are scheduled to drop on March 9, 2020 and will be available in kids and adults sizing.

Via: sneakernews

World Balance Odyssey 2.0

World Balance going a bit "fashiony" with this one adding some variety to their growing line of casual kicks. Calling it the Odyssey 2.0, it somewhat reminds me of the World Balance Metropolis having a one-piece upper construction made from a knit material. For the Odyssey 2.0 that knit material is still present to give you a sock-like fit. It stretches quite a bit but not to the extent of losing its frame or structure. You can see different zones in the upper having some patterns to give way to stretching in some areas and some areas having a thicker pattern for structure and support. The midsole tooling is similar to the World Balance Blazon which is composed of Trampolite foam with a TPU plate in the midfoot area giving the midsole a decoupled look. Two colorways are available now (Black and White) at World Balance stores for a retail price of Php 2,199.

Via: World Balance

Nike Basketball Dip N Dunk

The "cookies and cream" colorway have been somewhat a staple especially with Nike basketball. Aesthetically speaking, it's clean and the simple color blocking is a good option to any jersey colorway especially home team colors. This year, Nike basketball taps 3 signature silhouettes to carry this particular color scheme.

The Nike Kyrie 6, Zoom Greek Freak 1 and PG 4 have a predominant white upper with black accents which highlights details such as the swoosh branding and of course, don't forget the speckled hits for some added flare. Available now at Titan branches near you as well as their webstore and mobile app.

Nike Kyrie 6 Php 6,745
Nike Zoom Greek Freak 1 Php 6,295
Nike PG 4 Php 5,795

Via: Titan

Best Foot Forward: World Balance Invictus City Pack

Here is a Best Foot Forward video on the World Balance Invictus in their City Pack collection which is available now at World Balance stores and their retail partners. Watch the video below or read along for more details.

Three colorways are available for this city pack, with each colorway being inspired by different cities. Like the one that I have on hand is the London colorway whose design elements were taken from the London's phone booths and underground railway system. I chose this colorway because I think I can easily pair it with my clothes even though I am not a fan of a white-based shoe for the simplest reason that I get them grimy and dirty quickly. However, I really can't pass on that blue hits that really stands out together with that red and orange accents.

For a more subtle color theme, the Havana might be a good choice. A grey-based pair which is also very versatile having black, green and orange accents. Having some "just chill" Latin vibes to it, this could be a go-to colorway for those who are always on the go and still want to look good on their feet. And finally, the Tokyo colorway is the most playful colorway having that black-based upper with striking yellow, purple, green, red accents on it. Inspired by Tokyo's city lights at night time, I think this will be the most sought colorway.

In terms of materials, it is pretty much the same so you will get a mixture of mesh upper with a combination of synthetic and suede leather panels for a premium touch. Bounce Pad Insole System is still present to give you that nice step-in comfort together with that injected-molded EVA foam which is very comfy and good for everyday use. Tagged at Php 2,199 these are available now at World Balance stores and select retail partners and some sports stores as well.

#kixspotted adidas Harden Stepback

This is an in-store footage on the adidas Harden Stepback which I spotted in Capital Trinoma. Find out more by watching the video or reading the article below.

This shoe is basically a budget model. Just like the Harden BE, these are not to be taken lightly because even though this is not the main signature model, adidas still made the shoe good by giving it good tech particularly Bounce foam cushioning which is a versatile foam. The upper is made up of leather and it is worth noting that panels or layering of materials are back once again since I'm starting to feel bored on one-piece textile material. Textile materials are good, but at least switch it up a bit, right? Don't make it straight up knit or woven material. So with this shoe, leather, although synthetic was used. Of course, the price is on the low so it is understandable that they didn't use premium leather.

You can see the lacing area having that piece of leather material which is similar to the Vol 4. While it does not provide a customized fit, it gives you some sturdiness particularly when you tighten the shoelaces. This together with the TPU heel counter is a good combo since we all know Harden's move sets which involves Eurosteps and a lot of "Stepbacks". You have to have good foot containment or else these moves will be not that effective.

Just as I said earlier, Bounce foam was used for cushioning and it is worth noting that the midsole tooling is kinda thin, which means you will get some good amount of court feel. I just hope that impact protection won't be compromised. The outsole is made from solid rubber with traction patters being herringbone on the forefoot area and a similar pattern as the Harden Vol 4 on the heel. It looks okay, the rubber is kinda hard so you can ball in these outdoors. Four colorways are available now at the Capital store in Trinoma with a retail price of Php 4,700.