Manila Sneaker Expo returns for it’s 5th straight year

MANILA –  Another huge sneaker convention is returning to Manila for it’s 5th consecutive year. Which means it’s that time of the year again where you break your piggy banks and save those payday cheques (That’s if you’re into sneakers or streetwear fashion, of course.)

The Manila Sneaker Expo is perhaps, if not, the biggest sneaker event in The Philippines. Many resellers, shops, and collectors gather together at this event showcasing their exclusive collections and “deadstock” (Sold out, meaning hard to find) and sample pairs up for sale. You don’t need to be a sneakerhead or into fashion if you want to go, as there will also be various exhibits of sneaker art and looking at the unique designs of each sneaker, limited or not, is already appealing to the eye.

    Manila Sneaker Expo 2 (2014) Photo Courtesy of

The event isn’t just about kicks, but also streetwear fashion with many products ranging from jackets to pants. Popular brands such as Supreme and BAPE are among the brands that MSE has to offer.  

    Photo courtesy of 

The infamous “Sneaker Arcade” machine will also be present, which is a keymaster machine loaded with different sneakers from different brands as the prize for those who will be lucky and accurate enough to score. 

    The machine that emptied the wallets of those who tried their hand. Photo courtesy of

Like last year’s event, there will be a pair of Adidas Yeezy Boost V2’s raffled, the only difference being it will be the “Zebra” colorway up for grabs instead of the “Beluga” colorway from last year. The winner get’s to keep the pair of his/her size for free. Anyone can join the raffle as long as they have purchased tickets to the event. The stub will come with the ticket and you can drop it at the admission table before entering the event hall.

           The Adidas Yeezy Boost V2 “Zebra” This will be raffled off at the end of the event.

There will also be a sneaker auction. Various sneakers in different sizes from Jordan Brand, Adidas, and Nike will be up for grabs in an ascending-open auction style. Last year’s auction included pairs like the Adidas Triple Black Ultraboost and Jordan 1 “Banned”.

And of course, the event wouldn’t be complete without a special guest. Last year featured sneaker personality and performance tester Chris Chase a.k.a. Nightwing2303 of This year will feature musician/actor/sneaker personality Jacques Slade a.k.a. Kustoo, who is well known for his videos and reviews of early releases, sample pairs, Player Exclusives (PE’s) and limited edition sneakers. 


The Manila Sneaker Expo 5 will be held at the SMX Convention Center Aura in The Fort BGC, Taguig on August 20, 2017 from 1 PM until 8 PM . Tickets can be bought at an early bird fee of 200 pesos until Friday, August 11, 2017. Afterwards, admission rate will be at the regular price of 250 pesos. Tickets are now available at .

Game Results of the adidas Uprising Philippines 2017

The future of Philippine basketball is here.
The 3-Stripes brand welcomes a new batch of creators to the second adidas Uprising Philippines.
Elite high school basketball players spent another summer playing the sport they love as adidas Uprising Philippines opened its doors to them for the second time.
Launched in the Philippines last year, adidas Uprising is the 3-Stripes brand’s summer grassroots program that provides an exclusive platform for the next generation’s basketball stars to foster their game and skills, through a series of competitions.
“If anything, adidas Uprising aims to maximize the potential of our young basketball players. On the first year of Uprising, we have witnessed inspiring talent and passion through high school students who played their heart out in every game. On Uprising’s second year, we are looking forward to seeing that again – and more. Having 32 contending teams this year, we are bound to see more emerging creators in the world of Philippine basketball,” said Jen Dacasin, adidas Philippines Brand Communications and Sports Marketing Manager.
The participating teams in this year’s adidas Uprising were: 
San Beda Alabang
La Salle Greenhills A
La Salle Greenhills B
AHS A, Agila, AHS C
Kings Montessori Vikings
UST Tiger Cubs
Arellano University Braves
San Beda College Taytay (San Beda A)
San Beda College Taytay (San Beda B)
Mapua-Malayan Red Robbins
Diliman Preparatory School (DPS)
English Christian Academy (ECA)
Claret School
Lyceum Junior Pirates (LPU)
Jubilee Christian Academy
Colegio San Agustin Makati
Faith Academy Vanguards
Aqunas School
National University (NU)
Chang Kai Shek College (CKSC)
Jose Rizal University (JRU)
Notre Dame
Malabon High School
San Sebastian College
San Ildefonso Bulacan HS
Philippine Cultural
Taytay Captains (Taytay HS)
Following a knockout tournament format, the opening matches were held on May 13 and 14, followed by the elimination games, which happened from May 15 to 19. The series of games were culminated by the championship game on May 20 where San Beda College Taytay A bested the Mapua-Malayan Red Robbins with a score of 76-64. The battle-for-third game was also held earlier that day with National University beating La Salle Green Hills A with a score of 72-44. All games were held at the Titan Love Court in Bonifacio Global City.

After a week of intense games between some of Manila’s top high school teams, the adidas Uprising PH 2017 tournament was concluded last May 20 (Saturday) at the Titan Love Court in BGC. Among the 32 teams that participated, San Beda College Taytay A finished the strongest, earning the title adidas Uprising PH Champions.

Below for the list of special awards given during the tournament:
Special Awards 
Penny Estacio (San Beda) 
1st Mythical Team 
Penny Estacio (San Beda)
Giam Quiambao (Mapua) 
Lloyd Oliva (Mapua) 
Joshua Benaflor (San Beda) 
Justine Sanchez (San Beda) 
2nd Mythical Team 
Julian Jugo (LSGH) 
Ernest Felisilda (NU) 
Kenji Duremdes (LSGH) 
Kyle Rivera (LSGH) 
Kevin Quiambao (NU)

Adidas Originals Launches “Original Is Never Finished” Music Videos

adidas Originals collaborates with music visionaries Snoop Dogg, Desiigner and MadeinTYO to release remixed tracks of the iconic song “My Way” by Frank Sinatra in two new music videos on music’s biggest night. As a spinoff to the brand’s recent campaign film “Original Is Never Finished”, adidas Originals continues to push the boundaries of creativity by reimagining their very own work with three musical artists. On the launch of the two new videos, the brand turned to Twitter for a takeover teasing both the songs and videos, which officially led up to the final reveal on the social platform. Reaffirming the notion original is never finished, adidas Originals continues to turn to its creators, inspiring them to redefine the meaning of originality.
“As a brand we believe in creative freedom and are always challenging ourselves to push the bounds,” says Alegra O’Hare, VP of Global Communications adidas Originals & Core. “Open source lies at the core of Originals’ DNA and is integrated into everything we do; what we create, who we create with and how we communicate. The decision to recreate our very own campaign film, just weeks after it debuted, and launch two new re-imagined videos via social media just felt right.”
First launched back in January, “Original Is Never Finished”, delivers a visual representation bringing to life the idea that recreating in your own way will always be entirely original. The film explores the brand’s philosophy, the past empowers the future, through a montage of scenes exploring the rich creative past of all spheres of creativity, music, art, film and even sport. With the release of the two new “Originals Is Never Finished” music videos, adidas Originals hands over the reins of the iconic song “My Way” by Frank Sinatra, to the musical artists Snoop Dogg, Desiigner and MadeinTYO for them to remix it and make it their own.
In one video featuring, Snoop Dogg, the rapper and songwriter is captured recording the track within his studio. “I’ve been doing things my way from day one – A1 to Day 1 – and doing things my way is the only way,” says Snoop Dogg. “You need to be connected to the record and give it a second life, and extend the music from its original form.” The result is an original soundtrack remixed by the artist himself.
In another video, award nominee for Best Rap Performance, Desiigner, depicts a recreation of the famous painting, St. Sebastian by Sandro Botticelli, giving this iconic work of art new meaning for today’s generation. In another scene, adidas Originals’ repurposed their very own NMD product into masks and MadeinTYO joins a company of masked dancers to perform his original remix of “My Way”. This collaborative video featuring the two artists reinforces the notion that if you push something far enough, it becomes original again.
Conceptualized under the creative direction of Johannes Leonardo, adidas Originals’ global creative agency of record, these new music videos and remixed tracks both reaffirm the brand’s philosophy, idea of the past as a canvas to create new ideas. “After opening the conversation with our recent campaign film, we are looking to continue challenging our audience’s idea of originality. By remixing, hacking and handing over our film’s song, we put the power into the hands of the creators, in an ongoing process to prove that “Original is never finished”.” – Matthew Edwards, Creative Director at Johannes Leonardo.
To release the video and song, adidas Originals took to Twitter, with a take over on the social platform during music’s big night. The artists all contributed to the social chatter posting to their personal channels in support of the reveals. Simultaneously as social media was abuzz with the new video and song, adidas Originals broadcast its brand campaign film “Original Is Never Finished” during music’s big night, further strengthening the notion of what it means to be original.

adidas Dame 3 Performance Review

3 years. 3 Damian Lillard models. And it gets better year after year.

The Lillard 1 made me switch from retro adidas basketball kicks (TMacs and Kobes mostly) to the more modern models. The Lillard 2 was so good I stuck with one on-court model (in different colorways, of course) for nearly an entire year. The Dame 3 will likely make me do the same.

Let me get right into the details.


adidas continues to use a Techfit bootie on Lillard’s signature line, again improving on the design with each iteration. The Dame 3 has a lower ankle collar height and a tighter bootie than the Lillard 2. The inside of the shoe is also padded in the heel area and contoured with the foot. The tighter bootie and the padding help keep the heel secure and prevents heel slippage, a common occurrence in low-tops. 

The shoe’s best feature is the new lacing system. The multiple holes on the side panel allow the wearer to customize the fit and adjust tightness based on preference. If you like the foot-hugging, tight fit then lace all the way to the bottom. If you’re like me and like it just right, then use the second row. For people with really wide feet who need as much space in the shoe, you can use the top set of holes. 

A minor drawback to me is the side panel’s durability. As you can see in the photo, there are a couple of lace holes which have already started to widen and there’s some scuffing on the top part due to friction from the laces. I’m waiting for other colorways to see if they change the material and make them more durable against friction and stretching. 

The shoes run long and wide, and I recommend going a half size down on these for that 1:1 fit. I personally prefer some wiggle room so I went true size. Getting your foot into the bootie will be challenging at first, but a shoe horn helps slide your foot in smoothly. The bootie also seems to have been constructed better compared to the 2’s so I don’t expect any ripping issues.

Stability and Support

Aside from the wide base, adidas incorporated some key features that help with stability. 

The triangular section on the heel serves not just as an anchor point for the side panel lace holes, but also as a heel counter to keep the rear part of your foot locked down. Coupled with the raised midsole wrap, this ensures that your heel is held firmly in place to keep you stable at all times.

The second feature is the midfoot TPU wrap that hugs the middle part of your foot. I initially felt a raised section in the midfoot, which caused some discomfort, but after an hour or so on court that section flattened out and I haven’t felt anything else since. 

The fused mesh upper provides both support and flexibility. The breathable material is reinforced around the toe area to contain the foot during those quick changes of direction, but the rest of the area is soft enough that it gives you a semi sock-like feel. They’re the right thickness as well to protect your feet when stepped on. 

The two sets of lace loops go all the way to the inside of the shoe and are anchored to the midsole. This lets you tighten that part really well to prevent your feet from sliding around. They’re designed well as I didn’t feel them biting into my foot unlike with other basketball shoes I’ve used in the past.

Overall, I felt very stable and secure in these shoes. I never felt any concerns about rolling my ankles or suddenly slipping and falling. Although primarily designed for guards, these could be an option for big men who prefer low-tops for that added ankle flexibility.


Bounce once again lives up to its name, and this time giving even more energy return.

I instantly felt the difference as soon as I slipped my foot into the shoe. Even while wearing thin socks, I could feel the bounciness in the forefoot. It’s almost a similar bounciness to my Pureboost ZGs. 

On court, I loved the impact protection it gave me during landings. The Bounce cushioning does its job well without sacrificing court feel, which is critical to majority of people who play in the backcourt. I averaged 2 hours per session during testing and my legs and knees felt great at the end of each run.

The cushioning isn’t all in the forefoot though. Bounce is still there in the heel, and it helps make running up and down the court easier and smoother. Heel-to-toe transitions are pretty good, too, since there’s good proportion to the cushioning in the front and back of the shoe. 

I’m still liking Bounce over Boost as a basketball cushioning system, but that’s just my personal preference. Boost can be too mushy at times while Bounce has that firmness that I like while static, but with the right plushness when needed.


I saved the best part for last. 

The grip on these babies is UNBELIEVABLE. Sticky and squeaky on any and every surface I’ve played on, they really allow for quick takeoffs and changes in direction. Even on the dustiest court I was on, the shoes were squeaking all over the place and kept me planted with every step.

The traction pattern adidas used on the Dame 3 works really well. Dust was never a problem and I never had to wipe even once. As with the other pairs I test, I didn’t clean the shoes throughout the testing period to see how they’ll hold up, and the shoes provided consistent traction throughout.

A big surprise for me is the durability. As I was looking at the soles while preparing to write, I didn’t see any obvious signs of wear other than the dirt. Considering that I used these nearly daily for two weeks, I’m amazed at how durable these outsoles are. 

I won’t recommend them for blacktop or concrete courts, but on hardwood, smooth cement, or painted courts you’ll definitely like the traction these shoes provide. 


Priced the same as the D Lillard 2, these won’t break the bank as much as other signatures would. With adidas’s 3STRIPES coupons or Titan 22’s TPC discount, the shoes could go for lower than its PhP 5,995 SRP (other colorways may be priced higher).

Damian Lillard’s signature line continues to evolve and improve, and it’s us consumers who benefit every year. The Dame 3 gives me all I want in a basketball shoe—excellent traction, good cushioning without sacrificing court feel, and a customizable lacing system that gives me the level of lockdown and stability that I need. 

Powcast Celebrated End of 2016 in High Style

Powcast celebrated year-end in high style, with the presence of some sponsors. Why high? Well the laughter level is too high!

The bash went down two nights before new year’s eve, December 29, at MegaPro Family KTV and Restaurant in Makati. Founder Pow Salud and Warleigh Lacson hosted the event, along with Managing Director Nerissa Pascual.

Pow Salud thanked everyone. Would not have done it without the team in taking care of business, he said. Salud also talked about the personal fan touch style of Sports that Powcast is going to bring in 2017 with all the breaking and latest things they have to offer. Pow acknowledged Apple Gaviola (MMA), Nathaniel Sangcap (PBA), Ian Mellodilar (Boxing), Aldrin Alejo (Photography), Yan yan Morrondoz and Paolo Gaudite’s contributions to Powcast.

There were awesome games which got the whole team moving until hungry tummies filled with delicious Filipino food and Efes beers. Team A members Theresa Salud, Paolo Manuel File, Ian Lemuel Genada, Lorenz Huang, Nathaniel Sangcap, Robert Lim and Cynthia Pedrosa dominated with an overall win over Team B’s Apple Gaviola, Eugene Tabucol, Butch Rillera and Rick Mupas.

And here are the lucky winners of major raffle prizes from sponsors:

Ian Genada: Adidas Street Jam II AQ8555
Warleigh Lacson: Base London Fish ‘N’ Chips Spring Summer 16 footwear
Cynthia Pedrosa: Adidas Red Infill Backpack
Butch Rillera: City League’s Molten GG7X Basketball

There were t-shirts and 8-in-1 coffees everyone got from Global HoopsSkippy’s and Nutrislim.

The Powcast Team really knows how to throw down as they party and gets everyone to sing for a night of enjoyment.

adidas + KANYE WEST simultaneously release three YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 styles

For the first time on November 23, Kanye West and adidas Originals release three color-ways of the iconic YEEZY BOOST at the same time. The world’s most influential and sought-after shoe debuts in black with three different flashes of color:
YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 Copper, YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 Green, and YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 Red
The YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 is crafted with the best innovation in adidas and with Kanye West’s unmistakable aesthetic. This version of the 350 V2 features an upper composed of Primeknit in tonal black. A streak of either Copper, Green or Red bears the mark ‘SPLY-350’. A semi-translucent rubber outsole and TPU sidewalls create a striking effect while providing superior traction.
The YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 midsole utilizes adidas’ innovative BOOST™ technology to create a durable, shock-resistant, responsive sole. At the same time, the breakthrough Primeknit material leverages adidas’ most advanced digital knitting techniques to fit like a second skin. 
The YEEZY BOOST 350 V2s hits stores globally on November 23rd, 2016 and retails at P11,495.

Tell us What you think of Dame Time edition of the D Lillard 2.

Tell us What you think of Dame Time edition of the D Lillard 2.

With just .9 seconds remaining on the clock, Damian Lillard drained a three-pointer at the buzzer to the tune of a sold-out Portland crowd that upset the Houston Rockets in Game 6 on May 3, 2014. Dame has since earned the reputation of taking over in the clutch and to honor the moments he lives for, adidas unveils the Dame Time edition of the D Lillard 2.         

I’ve always practiced game-winning shots since I was a kid. My brother and I used to count down the finals seconds, and we wouldn’t leave the hoop until we made it,” Dame explained. “It’s a routine that’s helped shape my mentality in those final moments of a game. I’ll just point to the watch, and you know what time it is.” 

Dame Time displays a tonal shot clock mosaic on a sharp red upper and embraces design cues from disappearing minutes in crunch time to reveal the iconic .9 seconds. Matching the ice in his veins, the latest D Lillard 2 also features iced out accents along the outsole and heel branding while gold hits on the lace tips and eyelets cap off the buzzer beating tribute. 

Dame Time edition of the D Lillard 2.

Dame Time is already available in leading adidas stores and retail partners for P5,995.

Moments from #DameTimeManila

Damian Lillard in Manila
(Photo by Royce San Antonio)

Manila, Philippines – Portland Trail Blazers NBA All-Star Point Guard Damian Lillard arrived tuesday morning in Manila. He spent time first at Kerry Sports Shangri-La Hotel, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig to have a press conference and met some of his lucky fans, then he also visited the iconic EDSA Shrine before moving in Araneta Coliseum for his tour.

Lets take a look on some scenes from Dame Time Manila:

Damian Lillard in Manila
Damian Lillard interviewed by Radio DJs Tony Toni and Sam Y. G.
Damian Lillard in Manila
Damian Lillard took some serious discussion on his basketball career.
Damian Lillard in Manila
A member of a media asked Damian Lillard.
Artwork of Ian Lemuel Genada with signature of Damian Lillard
Colleges Basketball stars in Big Dome to watched Damian Lillard
KC Montero hosted the event.
Damian Lillard in Manila
Damian Lillard talks with KC Montero
Former University of the East Star Player Roi Sumang watching exhibition game of Team Dame vs Team Lillard.
Alex Mallari of PBA’s Star Hotshots in the DameTimeManila.
Jasmine Curtis joins KC Montero to welcome Damian Lillard in Araneta Coliseum.
Jasmine Curtis exits the floor.
Damian Lillard in Manila
Damian Lillard with his young fans.
Photos by Royce San Antonio


Lillard, Rose and Lin Headline Asian Summer Tours. Who’s coming to PH?

Lillard, Rose and Lin Headline Asian Summer Tours. Who's coming to PH?

 After a season of playoff runs and making highlight reels, the league’s best will head overseas to Take on Summer. Inspired by the grueling off-season training, mentality and hard work that prepare the game’s best for the upcoming season, the latest adidas Basketball tours will connect millions of fans to their favorite athletes.
“My approach to basketball has always been this; you can only get out of the game what you put in – and that’s what Take on Summer is all about,” said point guard Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers. “That’s the mentality I bring to my training and being able to share that attitude overseas to fans and players is an honor. I’m excited to get back to China, Taiwan and the Philippines to spend time with some of the best hoops fans in the world.” 
Fans attending the Take on Summer tours will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and interact with their favorite players at exclusive events including basketball demonstrations and games, in-store appearances, social media campaigns and more.
Damian Lillard Tour
Take on Summer tips-off when Damian Lillard arrives in Beijing on June 8 and his tour continues through June 14 with multiple stops in China and visits to Taipei and Manila. Damian is coming off an outstanding season where he posted careers high in points (25.1) and assists (6.8). His play and team dedication led what was widely believed to be one of the bottom teams in the Western Conference to the second round of the NBA Playoffs in one of the season’s biggest stories.
City                                             Date
Beijing                                 June 9-10
Chengdu, China                  June 11-12
Taipei                                   June 13
Manila                                  June 14
Jeremy Lin Tour
Charlotte Hornets point guard Jeremy Lin will arrive in Guangzhou, China on June 18 and make multiple appearances in China. Lin’s consistent play helped lead the Charlotte Hornets to the NBA Playoffs.
City                                             Date
Shenzhen, China                June 18
Guangzhou, China             June 18-19
Shanghai                            June 20-23
Beijing                                June 24-25
Derrick Rose Tour
Derrick Rose is coming off one of his best seasons in recent years and showed his trademark playmaking and explosiveness. He will visit Asia August 10-17 with stops in China and South Korea. More specific plans will be announced at a later date.

adidas D Lillard 2 Performance Review

Okay, let me just put this out as early as now—I’m in love with these shoes. From the moment I put them on and hooped in them for the first time using the Black History Month colorway, I knew that the D Lillard 2 would be my 2016 hoop shoes. I’ll get into the specifics, but let me tell you right now that adidas took what worked on the D Lillard 1 and upgraded them, and fixed the things that didn’t work so well on Dame’s first signature shoe. 

Let’s break down the D Lillard 2 feature by feature and you’ll agree that this could be the best bang-for-the-buck basketball shoe this year. I’m basing this review on the “Road” colorway as it has a wider release than the BHM variant.


Heel and midfoot lockdown were two of the biggest negative factors on the D Lillard 1, and adidas did a great job in improving those areas. 
The plastic heel counter covers a large part of the ankle and the Achilles, hugging the back of your foot well. The inside of the ankle collar has molded pads that align perfectly with the contour of your foot, aiding in keeping the foot secure. The only time I experienced heel slippage was when I laced them loosely while walking to the court. Once you tug on them laces and knot them, you shouldn’t experience any issues.
The lacing system has been improved, with better spacing, better lace hole sizes that hold the laces in place, and the final lace hole positioned higher up in the shoe that lets the shoe hug the foot better.

The strips of rubber that has the three middle lace holes are connected to the inside of the shoe, maximizing the lockdown effect and providing not just a great fit, but stability. These three components work well together in strapping your heels down and keeping them secure during pivots and spins, sudden turns, and lateral movements. 

The upper is a form of woven material that is very flexible but seems very durable. It combines both flexibility and protection as it’s thick enough to withstand getting stepped on in the post.

The shoe overall runs about a half size longer than normal, but wider than your average shoe, so if you have slim to narrow feet, you can go a half size down on these. I opted to get my true size since I have wide feet. I tried going down half a size but I felt some pinching in the lateral midfoot area. 


If you’re used to low-tops, these won’t feel like lows when you first put them on because of the TECHFIT bootie. The bootie wraps snugly around your ankle that it feels like a mid, but once you start moving, you get the flexibility that lows normally give you.

One of the things I like about the Lillard line is the stability that they give despite being lows. In the D Lillard 2, there’s a lateral outrigger that helps keep you stable when going sideways and aids in preventing your foot from rolling when you apply too much force. 

I felt very stable and very secure in these shoes. No fear of slipping or losing my balance or turning my ankle. 


adidas utilized Bounce cushioning on the D Lillard 2. The Brand with the Three Stripes has used Bounce in the past, albeit in a different iteration. This version combines a springy and flexible inner core with a firmer outer, offering both cushioning and response. 
The D Lillard 2 feel normal—that is, like any ordinary shoe—when at rest or when taking light steps, but when you start running or jumping or putting more force/weight on the shoes, you feel the springiness and the energy return. The harder I pounded the floor, the more bounce I felt (no pun intended). Definitely one of the most comfortable cushioning systems I’ve ever tried. 

Bounce isn’t Boost, but don’t sleep on it. Personally, I prefer Bounce. Boost fans, don’t come chasing me with pitchforks and torches just yet, as there’s more to it. Let me say it again: I prefer Bounce when used on a basketball shoe. While Boost is without a doubt the best cushioning system in the market, landing on Boost feels mushy. It’s very comfortable, no doubt, but it doesn’t offer the responsiveness and stability that Bounce does. 

This version of Bounce allows for a more explosive first step, better cuts, and quicker lateral movements. Those are important in a basketball shoe and for me Bounce allows you to do those things better than Boost does.

Overall, a solid cushioning system that’s comfortable, responsive, and stable. No back, knee, or plantar pain like I normally get with non-Boost basketball shoes. 


If there’s one thing that maybe needs to be improved on the Lillard 2, it’s the traction pattern. Not that it doesn’t work, it does and it works well, but the soles are dust magnets. 

I played on mostly dusty courts with these and the BHMs, and I had no problems whatsoever with traction. Didn’t slip, always had purchase when pulling up (my favorite move), and I was able to move naturally since I never had to think about whether I’d fall flat on my butt. 
The Continental rubber outsole speaks of durability and traction, and they were squeaking all over the court for the most part. On the fourth day of using them without cleaning the outsoles like I normally do, there was less squeaking but the grip held. No issues during an hour or so of dribbling, shooting, and layup drills.
The heel part, for some odd reason, was squeaky throughout, no matter how dusty that area got. I feel that this adds to the shoe’s overall stability as the heel plants well and you can take off fairly quickly. 
Overall, the D Lillard 2 offers exceptional traction. Other users say that the dust does take something away from it, but a quick wipe does the trick. I tried not wiping the dust off during the 10+ hours of testing the shoe and I didn’t have any problems.


I’ll say it again: I am in love with these shoes. I’ve never used a shoe that gave me this combination of support, lockdown, cushioning, and traction. And at PhP 5,995 ($105 in the US), you get more than your money’s worth with the technology.
The adidas D Lillard 2 is available at adidas retail stores, Titan 22, and the NBA Store. Go grab your pair now as these are selling pretty fast! I promise you, you won’t regret this purchase as it’s probably the best basketball shoe that adidas has ever produced.