World Balance Prima

World Balance have to intention on slowing down with them catching the latest trend. Even the "Dad Shoe" movement which is basically a spin on late 80's to early 90's trend will tackled by World Balance's latest silhouette, the Prima. I've spotted 4 colorways in their store in Trinoma and just like what a lot would want, leather and mesh uppers were used giving it a retro vibe. While it has a thick midsole tooling it does feel light which makes me think that maybe they have use an injected-molded EVA foam because it does feel light and softer, ideal for lifestyle use. Bounce Pad insole system was used as to give additional layer of cushioning. You can check more detailed images below, and if you are ready to cop a pair, you can check out their stores as they are widely available for a retail price of Php 1,699.

adidas Marquee Boost Low

Continuing the new wave of basketball kicks from adidas is the Marquee Boost. This one is the lowtop version (there is also a mid) which to me looks like the Crazylight Boost build for outdoors. For whatever reason, it just looks sturdy to me to survive regular outdoor hooping sessions. Knit upper with neoprene material and some fuse overlays keeps everything light, breathable and comfortable. Full-length Boost was used with a cage in the forefoot area laterally but is free on the medial side which I think is the best formula for the Boost foam in terms of setup. The Boost foam isn't thin or minimal, but just enough to give you great energy return without being too high off the ground. There is a TPU plate underneath which is visible due to the translucent rubber outsole which features herringbone. This is available now for Php 7,000 at Sports Central in SM North Edsa.

Fila Mindbreaker

At long last, Fila starts rolling out there kicks to more of their branches so a lot of us can get to enjoy them as well. Check out this in-store images of the Mindbreaker which I took at the Fila store in Trinoma. Sporting a knit upper, this is a modern take on those chunky midsoles but now a bit lighter because of the textile upper reducing the weight to a minimum. It has a slim fit, as the upper really hugs your foot inside the shoe and since it is textile and thin, air flow is more desirable when comparing it to leather. The insole is thick giving you additional comfort that goes well with the lightweight EVA foam. The Fila branding is evident on the lateral aspect of the shoe throwing off that 90's vibe in a modern shoe. If you want them, then I suggest you better start going to their stores since these are sure to run out fast especially them just retailing for Php 3,999 at Fila Trinoma. In my opinion, these are worth it and a good choice if you haven't completed your Christmas shopping yet.

Puma Thunder Spectra

The Puma store in Trinoma underwent some renovation recently and returned with some heat. Aside from the neat store, they got some dope kicks like this Thunder Spectra which joins the "dad shoe" movement. Having a chunky midsole, retro fashion takes the driver's seat with the use of premium leather, suede, and mesh to give a nice modern look. The color blocking used in this particular silhouette has some loud colors but the grey shade kinda mellows everything out which is perfect especially if you like flexing your kicks without being too extra. There are a lot of kicks there that dropped recently and I suggest you check them out as well. In a time where a lot of brands are showcasing their stuff, one can only rock a limited number of pairs because there are really good kicks out there, and this is a good example if you want to be kinda different. The shoe retails for Php 6,630.

adidas EQT Support 91/18

The EQT Support 91/18 has been a great choice if you are the type of person who is always walking or active and would still want to pack some great heat in your kicks. The combination of textile and leather makes the shoe versatile putting the word athleisure on top of the list when you want to describe it. Black upper makes it easy to match with almost anything and the blue accent adds some pop without it being too flashy or noticeable. Function and looks is the key here, that is why the full-length Boost foam was used here to give you excellent comfort, reducing foot fatigue during those busy days (like going to the mall doing some Christmas shopping). You can get this at the Capital store in Glorietta for Php 9,000.

Nike Air Force Max 2018

The Nike Air Force Max returns this year and just in time before the year ends. Unlike the previous version, this one looks a bit light when compared to the other silhouettes in the Air Force Max line. It is made up of a nylon-like material with fuse overlays on the sides. You can also see a midfoot strap to give you a custom fit inside minimizing any dead space. There is a TPU like material on the sides that goes to the heel as well to act as a cage and heel counter to counteract any instability that the full-length Air Max bag gives. The Air Max bag is thick and perfect for heavy or power players or even those who need a lot of impact protection underneath. The outsole is made up of a solid rubber with a combination of circular and blade traction patterns. You can get this now at Nike Park in Trinoma for Php 8,095.