Kobe 4 Protro 'Del Sol'

Another colorway of the Nike Kobe 4 Protro drops this Friday, May 24. The Kobe IV Protro "Del Sol" colorway is one of those cleanest colorways back when Kobe re-introduced the lowtop shoes once again in the basketball realm. Being a fan of the sport of football, Kobe knew that you can play basketball at a high level in a lowtop shoe, just as these football players who majority of the time runs/sprint the field, doing side-to-side movements and even jump sometimes without being injured. The key is having a stable foot containment inside the shoe to prevent instability. One of the advantages in playing in lows is having more ankle range of motion, giving you a more natural flow which the Kobe 4 provides. Now, it's back once again in the "Del Sol" colorway, which is one of the OG colorways for the shoe. Not only that, but the "Del Sol" colorway has been a staple in the Kobe line. These are going to be hyped for sure since it is an OG colorway and not to mention, you can even play in these because it still has some good cushion tech in it which is a lightweight foam with a heel Zoom Air unit. As I said earlier, May 24th is the release date, so better mark your calendars if you are interested in copping a pair.


Kyrie 5 'FRIENDS'

This Nike Kyrie 5 takes a trip down the memory lane with this colorway, as it took its inspiration from a long-running TV series in 90's, "FRIENDS". To be honest, this is a more conservative approach when it comes to design execution in my opinion. Just like the general release, it is still made up of an engineered mesh upper and you can still see the Venus Flytrap-inspired lacing system for midfoot lockdown. You can see the Flywire strands in yellow, red, and blue colors which is a nod to the show. Also, there is a tag on the lateral side that has a logo of FRIENDS. Underneath is a solid XDR rubber outsole and the segments is also multi-colored. Retailing at Php 6,295, you can get this now at Nike Park in Trinoma.

Get Swag points with this Harden Vol 3 colorway

Get extra swag points with this colorway of the Harden Vol 3. It has a combination of black and maroon color blocking and if I'm not mistaken, James Harden wore this colorway during one of the games against the Golden State Warriors where he sustained an eye injury. Instead of his signature printed on the forefoot band/strap, you can see the word "SCHWAAAG" written on it. Other details include the usual 3 stripes branding on the lateral side of the shoe, his logo on the tongue and the number 13 on the heel area. The outsole is a combination of solid and translucent rubber outsole where you can see the white Boost foam. You can get this colorway at the adidas store in Trinoma which retails for Php 7,500.

SuperKicks: A new shoe store in Trinoma

Another shoe opened in Trinoma recently which adds another option to us who are looking for sneakers for both our performance and lifestyle needs. Superkicks can be found on the ground level near bench and Toby's Sports. Just like other shoe stores, they also sell apparell with various brands like adidas, Nike, New Balance, Puma, Vans, etc. The prices are pretty much the same as other stores so the good thing is that you it will add another store option to choose from when looking for a sneaker to wear. Please do drop by their store and check them out. Staff there are kinda friendly too. I will post a kixspotted video that I took there soon so just be sure to be locked-in here at analykix.com.

kixspotted World Balance Grit N Grind

Here is another kixspotted video which features the World Balance Grit N Grind. As of the moment, two colorways are available now with the white colorway being more fitting to be worn off court because of its very clean look and simple appearance. The other colorway which has a red and black color blocking is more suitable for basketball in my opinion. But if you want to rock the white in a ball game, then don't worry both have the same tech specs which I am going to discuss.

It features a knitted textile upper which is soft and minimizes break-in time. It looks very modern and it doesn't have too much branding so for those who are into subtle designs, then this might be a good option. There is a leather panel in the heel area to add more structure since it has a simple build made up of textile predominantly. For cushioning, it shares the exact tooling as the World Balance Court Shooter which is made up of a EVA foam. It is durable and would last for quite some time. In fact, I still have the Court Shooter in my rotation if ever I need a reliable hoop shoe especially for outdoor use. And just like every basketball performance sneaker from World Balance, it has the TerraSoft Insole System which adds another layer of cushioning underneath. Depending on the colorway, you will either get a solid rubber outsole or a gum bottom outsole and the good thing is that both rubber outsoles provide good traction. You can get these now for Php 1,999 at World Balance stores.

Converse All-Star Pro BB gets an early release

The Converse All-Star Pro BB will get an early release in limited quantities in the States this May 18. Returning in the basketball performance Realm, I think this is the best time for Converse as well as other brands just because people are getting more and more curious on what each brand has to offer. Also, it is not a guarantee that just because you are a household name, that you will get all people to buy your shoe. The sneaker game is more diverse now and if you slack on your product, chances are other brands will take your place especially now where there are returning brands as well as new brands.

For Converse, their return is very much welcomed because of their rich heritage during the early years of basketball. With Nike owning a part of Converse, they were able to lend their tech, which is React foam as part of the All-Star Pro BB's cushion setup. This will be a drop-in midsole and I am also curious how it will play out. I have seen Lunarlon as well as PU drop-in midsole done in a basketball shoe, so let's see how this will play out. Also, I wonder if this is the same React foam used in Nike Running or a modified version. If that is the case, that is a good cushion source although we'll have to wait a bit longer when they release officially. If you are in the US, keep in mind that these will drop on May 18 in limited quantities followed by a wider reach in other parts of US and China in June.


Nike PG 3 'Iridescent'

Here is another simple colorway for the Nike PG3 which isn't flashy in terms of color execution but could match a lot of uniforms out there because it is decked in black. Even the upper is made just like other general colorway release and the thing that highlights the shoe is that piece of overlay found on the lacing system which has an iridescent finish. The swoosh logo also has an iridescent look which is a nice touch too. I wished they added more iridescent pieces like in the heel or maybe in the tongue area just to give some additional pop when light strikes on these area. However, it looks like Nike wanted to be simple with this colorway so I guess it's fine. A part of the midsole tooling is in grey which breaks the simplicity of the black upper and it is also worth noting that the outsole is XDR so it is a bit more durable, ideal for outdoor courts. You can get this now at Nike Park in Trinoma for Php 5,795.