Best Foot Forward: 361 Degrees Shadow Blade

Today's Best Foot Forward segment is all about another Chinese brand that doesn't get too much recognition here in the Philippines, 361 Degrees. This specific basketball model is called Shadow Blade which I got from In Soles some time ago when they announced a flash sale for this specific model. In Soles have been my go-to Chinese kicks store (online) especially when I am looking for Anta and now, 361 Degrees to check out and review. They are easy to deal with. If you are from the Philippines, then you can check out their Facebook Page <HERE> I made a video below and some detailed images. You can also check the tech specs down below.

For tech specs, here is what I got from Famuji sneaker:

1. Breathable knited upper providing excellent breathable performance. 
2. Internal TPU heel counter keeps heel from sliding off of the footbed. 
3. A TPU shank at the midfoot for anti-torsion. 
4. A TPU "meta wing" plates containing the foot not only when making lateral cuts, but when transitioning from heel to toe as well. 
5. Two different density foam pads at the heel and forefoot, providing cozy wearing and boost bouncing 
6. Outrigger design tech to keep you covered upon lateral movements.

While the shoe looks like a high-top the collar is soft and it really plays like a low. For sizing, since it plays like a low, I just picked 8.5 to minimize any too much dead space in case they run a bit long. Lucky for me, they fit fine with just enough toe room inside. It feels snug, so I'm guessing the support department will be great. The cushioning feels fine from the get-go, but I still have to play in these just to get my ratings right (together with the outsole since it is translucent). I'll be playing in them for some time and I'll get back to you soon.

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.