#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.

#kixspotted World Balance Kaia City Pack

Here is an in-store footage of the World Balance City Pack Collection. Watch the video below or read the article to know more.

It looks like the Kaia is one of those silhouettes from Balance that will used in their various collections (together with the Invictus for the men). For the City Pack, the Kaia and Invictus will have 3 colorways each which will represent the different cities. For now, let's talk about the Kaia.

The cities that were selected are Madrid, Miami, and Sydney, all of them having different takes in terms of color schemes. The Madrid for example, was inspired by their boulevards and walkways uses a red color scheme predominantly which gives off that festive vibe. There's some black and grey hits for contrast. In my opinion this is the most easiest colorway to match up with your getup because of the simplicity of color blocking. 

For Miami, a very colorful mixture of white, purple, yellow, black, teal and grey. It really reminds you of the Miami beach and their nightlife. It might be playful in terms of colors but honestly I don't find it too loud. For me, this might be the best colorway among the three.

Finally, the Sydney colorway takes its design cues from their beaches and honestly this is the most relaxed or calm colorway in my opinion. A combination of beige, salmon, teal, navy blue, and grey, this is a good pick-up if you are looking for a shoe that isn't too flashy but could still attract some attention.

Material makeup is pretty much the same so you will get a mesh upper material coupled with synthetic leather and suede. Cushioning is made up of EVA foam and Bounce Pad Insole System. You can get these now at various World Balance stores and select retail partners with a retail price of Php 2,099.

Answer V BBC Ice Cream

 Aside from the OG colorway releases, Reebok also plans on dropping dope colorways just like this one. The Answer V itself is one of those iconic silhouettes in Reebok basketball since it dropped during AI's prime. Old heads like me pretty sure remembers that commercial of the AI Vs featuring Jadakiss. Now, it is brought back again and this time having the BBC Ice Cream treatment. Colorful shades of teal, yellow, purple can be seen throughout the upper. The Ice Cream logo replaced the AI logo on the jewel piece on the lateral side. However, there is an AI Ice Cream tagged hanging on the laces which is a good addition. The materials on the upper are leather and suede and I'm pretty sure cushion tech remains the same which is the DMX Ipak just like recent re-release. I haven't had the chance to cop the Answer Vs due to its price but I do hope to cop them in the future maybe when it isn't too costy for me. I am not in a hurry since there are a lot of kicks dropping every month so I'll just continue lurking and cop it when I feel like it. But for these, February 1 is what they are eyeing in terms of release date and expect them to drop in limited quantities.


kixspotted: Puma Clyde Hardwood

Puma have been firing all cylinders by keeping its visibility in the basketball performance shoe category. With the likes of Clyde Court and Puma Legacy, this silhouette could be a better representation of bridging the old and the new. The Puma Clyde Hardwood really looks like one of those classic silhouettes from Puma at a quick glance or from afar. However, once you look closely, you will see its construction on the upper made from a combination of textile and leather. As for the look itself, it kinda looks plain and I like it. It would easily pass as an off-court shoe due to its low-cut profile and of course since this is intended for basketball, the support pieces are present like the heel clip and that rubber wrapped in the midsole to stabilize the foam. Speaking of foam, the Puma Clyde Hardwood utilizes what they call PROFOAM. It's an EVA derivative but with great rebounding and energy return properties according their site. I have no experience with the foam as of yet and I hope it is better than the one implemented on the Puma Legacy which feature Puma's Hybrid cushion. Underneath, you can see a solid rubber outsole with a modified traction pattern of the Puma classic shoes at the rear with multi-directional herringbone pattern on the forefoot. It feels thick enough so I hope it plays well. Three colorways are available now (all are nice in my opinion) at the Puma store in Trinoma retailing for Php 6,230.