Jordan Flyknit Elevation 23

There are times when retro kicks especially that contains good tech in it are still great in today's day and age of performance sneakers. In fact, Jordan Brand still uses techs that are even decades old just because it is still functional and by combining with new tech, this somewhat bridges the gap even closer. An example of this is the Jordan Flyknit Elevation which features a Flyknit upper which offers a good sock-like snug fit while being light. For cushioning, it has an Air unit and if fact, the tooling looks familiar for retro fans specifically the Air Jordan VI. Air units are still good, we see them in some lifestyle kicks that offers great comfort. While it doesn't have a superior cushioning like an Air Max would give, it still provides great impact protection. The tooling in the outsole is also from the Air Jordan 6 which is a combination of solid and translucent rubber. Check out the images below which I got from Titan Vertis North. The shoe retails for Php 8,545.






adidas Dame 4 Red/Gum

I think this is the first colorway of the Dame 4 that featured a gum outsole and you know pretty sure that gum outsoles tend to provide great floor grip. A red-based upper made from engineered mesh material. The red theme is a nod to one of his favorite albums 400 Degreez. The black accents can be seen on the Dame logo on the tongue, the 3 stripes logo on the lateral side, as well as on the lacing system. While we are not sure if he is gonna rock this colorway during playoffs, this could go well with their red away jerseys. This colorway is available now at adidas Trinoma.









Best Foot Forward: Jordan Why Not? ZER0.1

Today's Best Foot Forward will be from Jordan Brand, specifically the Why Not? ZER0.1 also known as Russell Westbrook's first official signature shoe. It's been a long time since a did a performance review on Jordan Brand and ever since I saw the shoe, I am really intrigued by the way it look and also how it would perform on court. I choose the Bred colorway because the white-based upper would likely gather too much dirt and debris and since I rarely clean my kicks, chances are those would turn ugly and humidity would likely yellow the white upper. With this one, it's safe to say that the dirt and dust wouldn't be too noticeable because I plan to test them in both indoor and outdoor courts. I got this from Titan Vertis North with a retail price of Php 6,595. With regards to sizing, it is a bit tricky because I usually go for size 9 but the shoe is too snug for me so I go with 9.5. The length is a bit longer but I can tolerate the snug fit in the midfoot area. So what I'm saying is try them on stores. These are readily available anyways so you wouldn't have much problem I guess. For the shoe's tech specs, here is what I found at Nike's site <HERE>.

LIGHTWEIGHT LOCKDOWN

The Jordan "Why Not?" ZER0.1 Men's Basketball Shoe features an airy, fused-mesh construction for a lightweight, locked-down feel. A full-length Zoom Air unit delivers responsive cushioning for dynamic play.

Benefits
  • Synthetic and textile construction provides comfortable containment
  • Interior laces with a front toggle to cinch for secure comfort
  • Hook-and-loop strap delivers a locked-down feel
  • Foam midsole with Nike Zoom Air provides lightweight, responsive cushioning
  • Durable rubber tread offers excellent traction
  • Shown: Black/Hyper Royal
  • Style: AA2510-007

  • There you go. I will be doing a performance review so please be patient and I will release them soon. As much as possible, I try to plan in a shoe for long hours in order to give my accurate review and experience when playing in a specific shoe. Also, I try to play in both indoor and outdoor courts as much as possible since some of you guys play in indoors or outdoors (sometimes both). Just from a try on, I can feel that the phylon foam would need some break-in time and it feels bulky. Let's see whether this will change or not. For more images, feel free to scroll down and don't forget to tell me your thoughts as well.












    Performance Review: Anta KT3

    Anta is on fiiiirrreee! Yup! This is my third time to do a performance review on an Anta shoe and while the first one (Rondo RR) is a good shoe, this and the KT Outdoor 2 Low shows that Anta is one of those Chinese brands that can compete with the giants in the market. To know that tech specs of the Anta KT3, you can read the Best Foot Forward post <HERE>. Are they good? Read through and find out more.

    MATERIALS: 4.25/5


    Heat can't escape easily because of this nylon material underneath the knit upper.

    These large vents on the tongue allows air flow.

    The Anta KT3 features a knit upper which is on par with today's trend. Almost every major or known brand has their own rendition of knit uppers, it is safe to say that Anta doesn't shy away and is willing to showcase their own version of knit upper in their shoe. While the shoe has a knit upper, there is a nylon material underneath it which cancels out the shoe's breathability. Also, the knit patterns are tightly done so it isn't super breathable. The tongue has large vents so heat can still escape but having that nylon backing has its own advantage as it gives another layer of protection between your foot and outside forces.

    CUSHION: 4.25/5



    Anta used different types of foam densities in their cushioning which they called Anta EVE. Aside from that, they added this insole which adds additional impact protection. The best way to described the cushioning is that it is well-balanced and would benefit multiple positions. If I were to compare this to Anta's A-Shock in the (KT Outdoor 2 Low), the A-Shock used is more felt in the heel area and that one has more court feel. This one has lesser court feel compared to that, but heel-to-toe transition is more fluid. No aches or pains after games for me but there are times that I wish my feet for closer to the ground. If you were to ask me, what cushion setup did I enjoyed more, I would say the the A-Shock is more fitting for my play style. This one gets a higher rating just because it caters to more play positions and has more impact protection in general. If you love court feel and responsiveness, pick an Anta shoe with an A-Shock cushion system. For great impact protection in general, then Anta's EVE cushioning is a great choice.

    TRACTION: 4/5


    The traction is not that great. For this particular colorway, it features a translucent rubber outsole. The traction pattern has a thumb-print like look and I wish they just used a blade traction because that would make the shoe's traction really, really awesome. When there are some moderate dust present, wiping will be needed and sometimes it gets annoying. Also as I told earlier, your feet is not that close the ground so in some cases when there's dust buildup, getting your first few explosive steps might be hard since the rubber don't bite the floor well. But if the court is in pristine condition or just well kept, then there are no problems. Another solution would be get a colorway which has a solid rubber outsole.

    FIT: 4.25/5




    Strap or no strap, you are still okay. The strap helps contain the long laces.

    If you have an opportunity, do try them in stores. Going true to size is good but the problem that it runs a bit long. My natural feet size is 8.5, but I always wear size 9 because I want some room on the toe area. This one on a size 9 has more toe space that I would want to, but not that annoying. I can still do with that allowance. So some might go half size down and would still be fine with it. So the best way would be trying them in stores. If it's not possible, getting your normal size will still do fine. The base is flat and wide. It has a lateral outrigger and the outsole extends some portion in the forefoot area to provide some containment. Underneath is a torsion plate to give the shoe some arch support. There are adaptive lacing structures found in the laces and it helps the material hug your foot more giving you a snug fit. Finally, the strap. Honestly, you will do just fine with or without it. I played 2 sessions of basketball without the straps and I'm still okay. Tying your laces well from the start and having your right size to begin with are the key points. The strap has more of a placebo effect because what it just do in my experience is it contains the long laces. If you think the strap would keep your ankles locked in place, it has a snap button connected to the tongue and velcro straps on the collar area. So if you laces are tied properly, the tongue won't move. In general, what it does is just hug the high ankle area tightly which is above the ankle and heel area so it doesn't really help much with heel lockdown. But for the other support pieces, they all do their specific purposes on point. Inside the shoe's collar, there is a padding on the heel area so it adds another area of comfort and containment. Then as I said in the materials department, the nylon backing adds another layer of protection from brunt forces.

    PRICE: 4.5/5


    For less than Php 6,000 considering that the shoe isn't available yet in the Philippines, In Soles is your best option in acquiring these. They were always ready to give you good deals and most of their kicks are lower than retail stores here. For a hassle free transaction, they are one of those reliable sources of original Chinese kicks in the Philippines. You can message me if you plan on copping a pair of the KT3 and I'll help you cop a pair since the shoe is not yet available as of the moment in the Philippines.

    OVERALL: 4.25/5


    I am really impressed with the direction Anta is heading. Not only that their kicks are not left behind in terms of trend, but they do build some great performing shoes. With regards to the KT3, the materials, cushion, and support are the shoe's greatest attributes. The strap does add some style points but it would be better if it would play an integral part in the support department as well. The traction can still be improved also but I think in general the plus outweighs the minus and I enjoyed playing in the shoe and I would easily recommend the shoe for multiple player positions because of it's adequate cushioning.

    ANALYKIX RATING: GOOD BUY


    Jordan Why Not 0.1 3D King

    Brodie made another record by averaging triple double in multiple seasons which puts him on top of the totem pole together with some of the NBA legends. With that, Jordan Brand made a special colorway of the Jordan Why Not 0.1 which they called 3-D King. The shoe has a black-based upper with the heel piece carrying OKC Thunders color scheme, orange on the lateral side and blue on the medial aspect with speckled hits. The outsole also is made up of translucent rubber in orange with his stats last season placed underneath it. The strap on the collar area has a suede look giving an effect of like being wet from sweat because come on guys, averaging triple doubles isn't an easy task (it's just me). The Why Not inscription on the tongue is also placed upside-down. While some might not be impressed by how Westbrook got his stats, one can't deny that he really poured a lot of energy in getting those stats and that deserve some credit. This colorway of the Jordan Why Not 0.1 is available at Titan Vertis North.







    Air Max 90 Ease

    If the Air Max 90 and the Presto would have a child, this would be it. It looks nice actually. You can see the Air Max 90 silhouette here and at the same time it has a bootie construction and made up of mesh which makes it light. The leather panel one the sides are still present that's why you can't really take away the Air Max 90 vibe and of course, it carries that Air Max 90 in its name. Air unit in the heel area is still there and underneath is a cored out rubber outsole to shave off some weight. There are 2 colors for the men and 2 colors for the women available at Capital store in SM the Block which retails for Php 6,295 and that orange/burgundy looking color in the womens is nice too but for the men's size, the grey/infra red colorway is more appealing to me than the black colorway. I just find it too plain. If you want to look fresh this summer then you might want to consider copping this. It's light and has that retro vibe to it as well. Check out the images below and tell me your thoughts as well down on the comments section.