adidas Dame 5 'All Skate'

Aside from Dame's passion for music as evidenced by his Dame D.O.L.L.A. persona, adidas also made a colorway based on skating which he is fond of. A white upper which is made up of mesh on the forefoot and synthetic suede on the mid going to the ankle and heel area. While it looks clean, there are red and green accents which makes the whole colorful playful without being too striking in the eyes. On thee heel tab you can see the famous "YKWTII" letters which means "You Know What Time It Is" which people attribute it to "Dame Time", with him being clutch when he needs to. There is also a "MC" inscription which I think symbolize to his skills on the mic and lastly the "All Skate" written prominently down the heel strip where the whole colorway was taken from. Underneath is the solid rubber where you can find the burst of white, green and red colors. You can grab this pair now at Toby's Sports for Php 6,000.

kixspotted: Peak Snake

If you are looking for some budget kicks from Chinese brand, Peak, then you are lucky since I've stumbled this model called Peak Snake. Check out the in-store footage as well as my thoughts down below.

The Peak Snake is one of the many budget models from Peak basketball. Each of those models have something different to offer, but in essence the materials used are not premium hence the low price. For this particular model, we can see that the shoe was intended to be lightweight and breathable with the use of mesh and fuse overlays which you can clearly see in the lateral aspect of the shoe. Even the tongue is made up of open mesh or overlapping mesh materials with large sieve on top. On the toebox and side panels, you can also see the mesh vents which makes it breathable and light. To give some structure, synthetic leather was used on the medial side. And yes, there is also some sort of vent on that side as well. The cushion is made up of EVA which is resilient and reliable to give adequate impact protection. Underneath is a gum outsole  and depending on the colorway, you can get a solid rubber option. The good news is aside from it being less than Php 3,000 its regular price, these are now being offered at a lower cost (Php 2,396) which is now available at Olympic Village in SM North Edsa.

Kawhi Leonard wore his first signature shoe in NBA All-Star 2019

One of the best time to launch a basketball signature shoe is during the NBA All-Star Weekend and New Balance was able to do that this weekend by introducing Kawhi Leonard's first signature shoe, the New Balance OMN1S. There isn't an official information yet on the shoe's tech specs, but let's just try to make a run down on the obvious things that we know based on the images. First, it features a combination of textile (predominantly) with some leather panels which we could see on the ankle collar. A good way of bridging the brands rich heritage of classic silhouettes and today's trend but still making it modern and functional. While it looks like it isn't a stretchy knit material, what it does is give a thicker upper material which could be beneficial if you are looking for a sturdier material but don't need a lot of break-in time. The leather panels in the collar area gives some structure without adding too much weight. The cushion is made up of New Balance's Fuel Cell which is a responsive foam. They are using the foam in some of their running shoes so I'm guessing that they just tweaked it a little to be used for basketball performance. In the midfoot, there is a strap that run across which would provide you with midfoot containment. I am not really sure if there is a way to somewhat customize it since it might be too restricting to some wearers with big feet so we'll just have to wait some time to actually see it and inspect it more. Lastly, underneath is a blade-like traction pattern which is multi-directional and I think depending on the colorway, it will feature either a solid or translucent rubber. I am definitely excited to see what New Balance basketball has to offer and this would definitely be on the list of shoes that I will be doing a performance review once it is available. No official word yet when this will drop in the Philippines so we'll have to wait for official announcement and price/availability information. But for now, why don't you share your thoughts on the New Balance OMN1S down the comment section.   

Via: New Balance

Jordan Why Not 0.1 'The Family'

 A more conservative colorway of the Jordan Why Not 0.2 just dropped recently which they are calling "The Family". Sporting a black upper, even the different overlays in the upper material are decked in black which is very different from the launch colorway which is composed of multiple  color blockings. The white and gold accents are the 2 very noticeable colors here which is nice especially if you don't like loud colors in your basketball shoe. Same upper material makeup which is textile predominantly and same tech specs for cushioning which is a large volume Zoom Air unit in the forefoot and a phylon foam carrier. The rubber outsole is solid and in white and overall I would say that the shoe looks solid from a performance standpoint and as I said, this might be a good choice if you like your kicks to be simple in terms of color. I think, this is the second colorway that released here in the Philippines for this silhouette and I am pretty sure that more colorways will drop soon. Will you cop this colorway or are you waiting for other color options? Tell us your thoughts below. By the way, these are available now at Nike Park in Trinoma and retails for Php 6,295.

Another Dame 5 X Ren Zhe colorway

We already saw a collab between the adidas Dame 5 and contemporary sculptor, Ren Zhe which feature a black-based upper. Well, here is another colorway of that collab and this time has a red upper. Another good thing is that it features a leather upper which gives you another option since some of the Dame colorways have a synthetic suede located on the ankle/heel area with mesh taking up thee forefoot and midfoot area. Aside from that, everything remains the same techwise and I am talking about that Bounce midsole which I think feels more giving that the 4's just from a try-on. Honestly, with all the hoop shoe that's releasing, I cannot cop everything and do a review on it so I have to really be wise and give as much info as possible on other brands as well. But I've tried Dame 5 and I realized that I haven't tested an adidas shoe that has Bounce cushion so this might be it. The next question would be which colorway because honestly, I'm not feeling the synthetic suede ones. Compared to the Ren Zhe collection and other colorways, I'm digging this just because I think the leather (although it is just synthetic leather) would be more durable on how I play. So I am still waiting for a good colorway maybe another colorway will drop which will have a leather material so that would also be put into consideration. But if you like this already or the black color of the Ren Zhe collection, then you can grab them now at adidas Trinoma for Php 6,000.

kixspotted: adidas N3XT L3V3L

The long-awaited laceless basketball sneaker from adidas is now available and I've made some in-store footage of the shoe that I've spotted at adidas Trinoma. Watch the vid below as well as my thoughts on the adidas N3XT L3V3L.

The very obvious thing that you will notice is that it doesn't have any shoelaces. The N3XT L3V3L is made up of Primeknit upper and while it feels thin on the outside (but not super thin like the first versions of Primeknit when it first launched) underneath it are layers of material that keeps the fit snug like a sock which I think would play a very critical role especially getting the right size. For ease of access, there is a pull-tab on the tongue as well as on the heel area. The collar is somewhat stretchy but doesn't have too much give because you want as much foot containment as possible. There is a foam-based structure on the lateral side of the shoe which prevents your feet from extending out too much on the footbed during lateral movements. The cushion is also new which they call Lightstrike. It feels bouncy (the carrier foam). But with regards to its performance, you really can't tell unless you wear them for some time. Finally, the outsole is made up of a multi-directional herringbone and depending on the colorway, you will get either a solid rubber or a gum-looking outsole. For this particular colorway, you can get this now at adidas Trinoma for Php 9,000.