Jordan Why Not 0.2 SE

The Jordan Why Not 0.2 SE is now available here in the Philippines and I have to admit that this has a more "deconstructed" vibe than the first iteration. However, it looks like that this version could be a bit lighter when compared to the first version due to the materials used. The upper looks thinner but the support pieces are there to give you optimum lockdown particularly in the forefoot and midfoot area. Cushioning will be the same which means Zoom Air in the forefoot encased in a phylon foam. The outsole still looks the same although I am not sure if Jordan Brand addressed the issue where there are reports that the outsole cracks underneath where the large Zoom Air is caved in the phylon foam. However, we are not sure if those are just isolated cases or maybe they still fall under the acceptable limits within quality control so you'll just have to hope that yours won't break. You can grab these now at Nike Park Trinoma which retails for Php 6,795.

#kixspotted Converse Renew

I was in Makati yesterday so I decided to check out the mall and that's when I see the converse Renew line. I was surprised because it really looks like a regular Chuck Taylor. The upper material really looks and feels like canvas. The Renew line is made up of recycled plastics turned into canvas thread. The build looks sturdy which I think could stand the test of time just like a regular Chucks would.

The most notable difference would be there are no metallic eyelets, just a punched hole with stitching around it. Speaking of stitching, the iconic Converse patch on the medial side for the hi-top is replaced by a logo stitching as well. This move makes the Renew impression well-executed since they really want to showcase how the shoe was made. Also, the outsole has some specks on it but it still has the same pattern. The whole Converse Renew line will run across the All-Star and All-Star 70 silhouettes both mid and hi-top versions with a text saying "Life's too short to waste" in different design executions. The All-Star retails for Php 3,390 while the All-Star 70 is Php 4,190 and is available at the Converse store in Glorietta.

Kyrie Low 2

The followup for the Nike Kyrie Low line is available now in the Philippine. The lowtop build of the Nike Kyrie Low 2 has a similar base upper with last year's model being made up of textile. They ditched the strap this year with the midfoot containment taken cared of by a TPU cage system found on the lacing area with some extra eyelets so you can adjust the tightness in that area. Cushioning is composed of a Phylon carrier with heel and forefoot Zoom Air cushioning. The outsole is made from solid rubber that is curved on the sides to give a cradling or fluidic transitions in doing crossovers. The shoe retails for Php 5,995 and is available now at various Titan stores.

Via: Titan

Harden Vol 3 'Vegas'

Just like the Dame 5, the Harden Vol 3 also has a Vegas colorway. Having a yellow-orange theme on the upper, this one is still made from textile upper with different color scheme so it makes the whole upper more playful in terms of color blocking when compared to the Dame 5. The whole inspiration of the colorway stems from the Vegas lights which can be seen especially at night which is more obvious on the graphics shown underneath the translucent rubber outsole. Tech specs remain the same which is full-length Boost foam in the midsole, a lateral cage on the forefoot area for stability, and a stretch band on the forefoot for containment. You can get this now at various adidas stores with this particular pair spotted at their Trinoma branch.

Kyrie 5 Black/Gold

Inspired by Kyrie's heroic play which sealed the win and giving the Cleveland Cavaliers the NBA crown in 2016, the Kyrie 5 will have the black and gold color scheme. Decked in black, gold hits can be seen in the swoosh branding as well as on the forefoot area where they house the Nike Zoom Air Turbo which is an articulated bag to give you a more fluidic transition in the area while still providing a low-to-ground feel. The white midsole tooling balances everything which is a safe color blocking. And considering that Kyrie is now with the Brooklyn Nets, Kyrie fans can still cop this pair to show their support on Uncle Drew's journey in the NBA. For us Pinoys, Titan is the place to be if you plan on copping a pair. Retailing at Php 6,295 this is available at their online store, Fort, Vertis, Conrad, Alabang, UPTC, and Circuit branches.

Via: Titan

Nike Air Max 1 'Sketch to Shelf'

The Air Max 1 silhouette is one of those classic models from Nike that gets re-released time and time again whether it's a new colorway, a collaboration, or just re-introducing the OG colorways. This time around, Nike played with the idea of putting the actual sketch of the shoe, on the shoe. This "Sketch to Shelf" pack features to variants which carries the sketch ideas of Tinker Hatfield, the one who is responsible for designing the shoe in the exact part of the shoe. This gives that deconstructed vibe but instead of materials, sketch ideas or design. You can even see the color placements with the red and grey marker-like shade on the shoe which for me is the nicest touch all. Overall it's like bringing the sketch design to life literally and I wish they should have released this earlier on Air Max Day just to pay homage to the whole "birth" of the shoe. But hey, the good thing is we'll be seeing this on select retailers and at this weekend, July 13, 2019. 


Dame 5 'Vegas'

Even the NBA off-season is busy with all the trades and player signings going on around the league. For most players, they use this time to enhance their skills. With that in mind, brands use this opportunity to continue marketing their kicks with their signature athletes by releasing more colorways. In the case of adidas, the Dame 5 and Harden Vol 3 (post coming soon) will feature a "Vegas" themed colorway. The good thing is that this colorway is made up of leather and while it isn't premium leather, I think it's better than mesh and that cheap-looking suede build combination. This one has leather which makes the shoe a bit durable. For the color inspiration, since it is Vegas, bright yellow-orange shade was used which symbolizes Vegas lights especially during night. This can be evidently seen in the graphic print on the translucent outsole. Everything  else techwise remains intact, it's just the build of the upper material that was modified. You can grab a pair now at adidas Trinoma for Php 6,000.

#kixspotted Nike Zoom Freak 1

Here are some in-store images of the Nike Zoom Freak 1 also known as the Greek Freak 1. With Giannis getting this season's MVP award, it only cements the idea that he is indeed worthy of a signature shoe. The shoe's build is a bit simple made up of a textile mesh upper with no overlays. That makes the shoe light but still functional because of some support pieces like the internal forefoot band placed on the first 2 eyelets. Giannis is a tall guy and could easily play the power forward or center position. However, his play style is more of a wingman is agile and attacks the basket face-up. Because of that, he will need some forefoot containment. Also, you can see a part of the translucent outsole extends up to the forefoot acting as a lateral cage.

Speaking of lateral cage, the midsole tooling has that cool-looking swoosh branding placement too which also adds as a lateral cage that helps the back part of the shoe. It is made up of phylon and have a double-stacked Zoom Air in the heel setup. It looks like he prefers a more natural feel in the forefoot area so maybe that's the reason why there isn't anything in the forefoot area. But the good thing is the double-stacked Zoom Air would help in giving adequate impact protection especially when landing. There are various Giannis-related design patterns located all over the shoe, paying some sort of homage to different parts of his life.

The outsole is a combination of translucent and solid rubber outsole with different traction patterns. The solid ones have a somewhat geometric looking lines while the translucent part has a rose-shaped pattern, both of which offer multi-directional coverage. The shoe retails for Php 6,295 and is available at Nike Park Trinoma.