In-Store images of Harden Vol. 2

Here are in-store images of the adidas Harden Vol 2 in both Ignite and California Dreamin' colorways. This is the first time I saw them in store although these dropped last week I think. The Ignite colorway features a red, close to maroon upper with white Boost foam while the California Dreamin has multi-colored hues but features a black Boost foam. I'm pretty sure there will be more colorways dropping in the weeks to come but both of them look okay aesthetic wise. The Boost foam particularly in this year's model look more and even the actual silhouette looks bulky. However, the materials used were pretty light so it doesn't feel so heavy on hand even when there are different panels used in building the shoe. I think no-show socks or very low socks could be a problem because of the thin material in the ankle area which is a bootie construction, might cause some irritation. Just an observation so I'm just saying out there that it "might". These are available now at adidas Trinoma for Php 7,500. You can check out the detailed images below which I took when I went at their store.













Air Jordan XXXII Low 'Free Throw Line'

The All-Star Weekend is still fresh to most of us just because of various reasons. It was the first time that it was no longer the East Vs. West Squad but two of the currently top players in the league (Lebron James and Steph Curry) chose from a pool of All-Star rosters. Some people enjoyed the different shoe models that shown on court, whether during practice time or the actual All-Star game. Others enjoyed the staples like the 3-point, dunk contest, etc. For Jordan Brand, they commemorate Jordan's dunk in the free throw line by releasing 2 silhouettes namely the Air Jordan III and the Air Jordan XXXII Low "Free Throw Line" colorway. Here are some detailed images of the performance model Air Jordan XXXII Low which features a simple color blocking of black Flyknit and white leather panel on the ankle/heel area. There are red accents on the Jumpman logo and wings logo on the tongue. The outsole is made up of translucent rubber where a red strip can be see on the forefoot area signifying his airness jumping on the free throw line area. If I'm not mistaken, the other pair has a time stamp of 3:51 which commemorates the time he took flight in the dunk contest last 1988. Inside the tongue area are the five 10 score cards given by the judges. If you love this particular colorway whether it's for on court or off court use, you can get this now at Nike Park Trinoma for Php 8,095.










Nike KD 10 'Aunt Pearl'

The yearly Aunt Pearl colorway for the KD line returns this year and its simplistic design is cool to the eyes for both on and off court use. Now on it's 7th run, I don't see any reason why Nike would stop making this colorway in the KD line because aside from it being a nice colorway, a part of the sales of the shoe goes to the cancer fund of Kay Yow which would help with research and raise more awareness when it comes to cancer. A pastel pink upper can be seen and while some might see it too bland because of the material build, just like I said, it looks fresh to the eyes and would be nice to put in your sneaker rotation off court. The swoosh branding has a darker shade of pink color and inside the shoe, there has some inscriptions or some dedication for KD's aunt Pearl which you can see on the insole. Techwise, the Nike KD 10 itself is a good performance basketball shoe because of the Flyknit upper offering a nice fit while the full-length Max Zoom offers responsiveness and court feel ideal for multiple positions. So what I'm saying is basically, this will be worth the purchase for both on and off court use.


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This Nike PG 2 is just in time for March Madness

This colorway of PG 2 looks very simple but it does remind me of kicks back in the day. Let's start with the build. Sure, the silhouette does look slim however the materials used looks very 90's. Use of mesh on the upper, some synthetic leather, it has a pretty straight forward look into it and while I am not very fond of white colorway, let's say I would buy this particular colorway, I wouldn't hesitate to wear them and beat them down like it was my shoe in the 90s. The white and black color blocking used here is simple yet it reminds me of how most of my kicks was when I was in school. Today, this colorway is in sync with the NBA All-Star game that just ended where Team Lebron and Team Steph donned white and black colored jerseys. The colored outsole represents the color themes of the Lakers and Clippers that hosted this year's festivities. But removing all the story-telling on the colorway, one can't deny that this is a very functional shoe and I wouldn't be surprised that many would cop a pair of the Nike PG 2 just like the PG 1 because of its price point and it would easily cater to different player types. This particular colorways is scheduled to drop this March so you might want to start checking out your favorite shoe store around that time if you plan on getting a pair.






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Lebron rocked the Nike Lebron 15 Low during All-Star practice

Before the much anticipated All-Star game, Team Lebron and Team Steph hit the hardwood to practice and maybe get a feel for the upcoming game. Most players flexed their shoe game as they bring some heat by wearing upcoming which would somewhat make sneakerheads excited or even drool.  All-Star MVP, Lebron James wore a low-top version of the Nike Lebron 15. Aside from the shoe being a low, the same Battleknit, which is said to be a more sturdier Flyknit was used. Low-top versions of Lebron's main signature line were done in the past which consist of a heel Air Max unit and the same can be said for this particular model. However, I am not sure if Zoom Air will be used in the forefoot since it's hard to distinguish in the image above. Maybe they don't want to risk instability if they are going to utilize Max Zoom which has a large volume in the normal Lebron 15. The retail version of the shoe lacks some lateral outrigger as commented by some wearers of the shoe so this might be a good explanation why it didn't have full-length Max Zoom. Nonetheless, the shoe still looks okay and I think Zoom Air in the forefoot could be desirable since we don't want a main signature line to be taked down with key techs just because it is a low-top version. Would you cop a pair if this were to reach retail?

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Performance Review: Li-Ning Shadow Walker 2017

With the Way of Wade series being the go-to choice for Li-Ning brand, a lot of people are wondering how do their budget line fare nowadays? Today, I'm going to give you my performance review for the Li-Ning Shadow Walker 2017. If you want to know the tech specs of the shoe, you can view them on the Best Foot Forward <HERE>. Now let's jump on my performance review.

MATERIALS: 4.25/5

Textile, knit, and fuse makes the shoe feel lightweight and durable.


Li-Ning played safe by using a combination of textile, knit, with fuse materials for the upper. It is lightweight and pretty durable. What Li-Ning did was give you a taste of everything by throwing in latest tech but not overdoing it just to make sure that the shoe will be durable. They were able to achieve in making the shoe lightweight which I appreciate. However, the use of knit material in the forefoot isn't too noticeable. It isn't mind-blowing because it is just in the toe box area but still, it is pretty comfortable since I didn't felt any pinching when the shoe flexes. They also used their Dynamic Shell which would give the shoe a custom fit, but I'll discuss that later under the fit section.

CUSHION: 3.75/5

You can feel the impact protection in the heel than in the forefoot.

Ideal for players who prefer court feel.

For this particular shoe, Cloud foam was used which is ideal for those who prefer court feel. The cushioning could be more felt in the heel than in the forefoot. When it comes to Li-Ning's cushion source, I still favor Bounse than Cloud and that still remains here. I just think that my knees and feet will endure more basketball games in 1 night in a Bounse cushion than in a Cloud cushion (when it comes to wearing Li-Ning kicks). But if you want a low-to-the-ground feel in the forefoot, this is a good choice. I can also see guards will favor this shoe since a lot them would rely on court feel. The downside would be since the forefoot cushion is not that thick, foot fatigue might be an issue for long basketball runs. If you just play casually for about 1 hour or just light pick-up ball games, this would easily do the job. But for long games like 1-day leagues, 3-hour basketball sessions, or if your team happens to be on a roll in a pick-up game where the winning team remains on the court, you might feel the brunt of the stress after the game. If you favor a shoe with tons of cushioning, this might not be the one for you since Cloud is more low profile compared to Li-Ning's other cushion source like Bounse and Cushion.


TRACTION: 4.25/5


Good for both indoors and outdoors.


I was able to play in these both in wooden and cement courts. With both courts, I was able to get great traction. Even when the court is duty like the cement court that I was played in last week, this one grips the floor pretty well and I have to say that I am really satisfied with the shoe's traction. It is also pretty durable so this could be a good choice for outdoors are well. The pivot zone helps you with curls or spin moves so whether you are in attack mode or on a hunter on the defensive end, this would really be helpful to you. On clean courts, the grip might even be too much to the point that I caught myself twice almost getting ankle broken on the defensive end because I felt like the shoe stuck to the court. While the outsole has a circular-like traction pattern, it is a pretty good one especially since we are used to get a good traction in a herringbone pattern. I think it's a combination of good rubber and traction pattern which is not linear.

FIT: 4/5





Fit is true to size so I was able to get a good fit on a size 9 which I normally do. As i said in the materials earlier, they used Dynamic Shell which is foam base to give you a custom fit. It is placed medially in the heel collar area and I think the fit could still be good on a regular material as long as you get your right size. It isn't noticeable and think that they'll be alright without it. You can also see in the laces that there are loops attached to the lacing system which would supposed to give you more lockdown. However, the effect will just be the same because it is attached on the upper material itself and not on the footbed. If you adjust the laces properly, then the fit would be just fine so this is a case where some gimmicks are just mediocre. I'm not knocking on the shoe, I just think that the shoe would be just fine without those because those things didn't offer too much to be noticed. The base is flat especially in the forefoot which I enjoyed. There is also a TPU plate underneath which helps a great deal for torsional rigidity.

PRICE: 4.5/5


I got the shoe from In Soles and man, those guys are easy to deal with. You can also see this model in some malls. However, I got them for a much cheaper price of Php 3,500 and it is indeed a bang for your buck purchase if you ask me. They have a lot of Chinese brand kicks like Li-Ning, Anta, Peak, and 361 Degrees that are not easily available in Philippine malls. If you want some questions, you can message me on my facebook page and I could maybe help you cop a pair.

CONCLUSION:

The Li-Ning Shadow Walker 2017 is a great shoe for its price of Php 3,500. Its lightweight build and low-to-ground feel is very ideal for guards. While the Dynamic Shell isn't too noticeable, it isn't too much of a bummer since the shoe's build is pretty basic to the point of the fit will still be fine as long as you get your right size. Cushioning isn't too bad either, I just prefer their Bounse cushion more. If you love court feel, then this might be a good choice. The outsole is really, really good which you can wear for both indoor and outdoor courts. This is a good shoe especially if you are on a tight budget and just ball casually. It uses modern materials and is durable as well.

ANALYKIX GRADE: 4.15/5
GOOD BUY 


adidas Harden Vol. 2 'Ignite' available now at Titan

James Harden's second performance sneaker, the Harden Vol. 2 "Ignite" colorway is now available at Titan. Inspired by his play style which is a mixture of different combos like hesitations, euro-steps, and step back jumpers that freeze his defenders on court is made up of a textile upper which is reinforced with some stitching for durability. Boost foam is back the second time around which is again caged laterally with the medial aspect uncaged to provide energy return without losing stability. The traction is a solid rubber with its traction pattern very similar to last years model. The shoe is now available at Titan for Php 7,500 which you can get <HERE>.

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Here is another chance to cop the Air Jordan 3

 A lot of sneakerheads are excited this weekend because of the huge amount of kicks that will be dropping. One of the anticipated retro kicks to drop is the Air Jordan 3. With a lot of sneaker stores doing their own thing like raffles and stuff in order for consumers to secure a pair, there would only be a handful or lucky people who can purchase a pair. If you are the unlucky ones, Capital is still giving you another crack via in-store on a first-come, first-served basis this Saturday February 17, 2018. Two of their branches will participate namely their Glorietta 4 and UP Town Center branches. Here are the mechanics that I saw on their facebook page. If you have questions, you can message them directly <HERE>

1. Queuing will start at Wingstop/Backyard mall entrance on the second floor for UP Town Center. Glorietta queuing will start at the Glorietta 4 entrance (near Breadtalk).
2. Queuing stubs will be given at 9:30AM sharp for both Glorietta 4 and UP Town Center.
3. Customers MUST buy their own size. Capital will be using a Brannock Device to measure the size of the customer. Fitting of the pair before purchase will not be allowed.
4. Strictly one pair per person.
5. Customers who are not present when their queuing number is called will automatically be skipped.
6. All return/exchange for the Air Jordan 3 “Black Cement” will only be entertained on Feb 18, 2018 and will be subject to availability.
All unclaimed pairs for Capital Uptown BGC will also be released at 1PM on Feb 17, 2018. Same mechanics will apply.
No mechanics and no limit for GS, Preschool and Toddler.
Adult (P9,895) : 8US - 11US, 12US
GS (P6,295): 4Y - 7Y
Preschool (P3,495): 11C - 3Y
Toddler (P2,795): 5C - 10C




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