Kevin Durant Indirectly Dissed Stephen Curry with the Under Armour Shoe Remark

Kevin Durant Doesn’t Like Under Armour

Kevin Durant Don't Like Under Armour

There is no holding the former MVP back and teammate of the most popular endorser of Under Armour these days. Kevin Durant who recently was a guest in a podcast interview with Bill Simmons  just threw in a barbwire without hesitation against Under Armour and why University of Maryland which is sponsored by the brand is not attracting top caliber athletes.
“Nobody wants to play in Under Armours, I’m sorry, “The top kids don’t, ’cause they all play Nike.” – Kevin Durant
Pretty harsh words against a brand but KD who is unstoppable inside the court, shows that he can also be offensive outside.
He was later asked if he has talked to his teammate Curry about how he feels about the shoe brand and his reply was:
 “Everybody knows” that’s why so many young players leave the DMV area.- Kevin Durant
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What do you think about Under Armour Shoes

it’s the best
It’s Good
Better than Nike
it’s average
It should improve
Bad
Nobody wants to play in Under Armour Shoes

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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 shoephoric.com

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 shoephoric.com 

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 shoephoric.com

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 weartesters.com. 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. 

       Kustoooooo!


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 www.smtickets.com .


Draymond Green was the first to wear the Hyperdunk …to win a title in it – HYPERDUNK 2017

THE CHAMPION’S CHOICE: THE NIKE REACT HYPERDUNK 2017 FLYKNIT
 orn by champion Draymond Green, the Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit delivers comfort, support and the responsive energy return of all-new proprietary Nike React cushioning platform.
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Draymond Green at the global launch event for Nike React in New York City on June 20
Since its debut in 2008, the Hyperdunk has become the epitome of Nike Basketball design. In each of its iterations, the silhouette has simultaneously flexed fresh innovation and stood as the brand’s purest expression of a basketball shoe. The Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit extends the legacy, advancing the proposition with a sleek, minimalistic aesthetic approach that result in a modern take on a classic look.
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Starting from the bottom, the Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flyknit is rooted by an outsole with a data-informed traction pattern that synthesizes pressure maps from the Nike Sports Research Lab to ensure a supportive base, highlighted by circular pistons, tuned to offer traction exactly where needed. Encapsulated within, a Nike React core serves up an unprecedented trio of benefits: it’s lightweight, responsive and durable. A shank plate, situated between the Nike React cushioning and the shoes outsole, creates rigidity and manages torque.Translated to basketball, these collected benefits buttress quick cuts, smooth lift-off and sustained play. “This shoe is lightweight, it has a resilience in it. It has the bounce for sprinting and moving around just like I want to,” notes Green.
The Flyknit upper, providing target stretch and breathability, follows a familiar ‘80s style topline with a contemporary material twist. Like the Nike React foam, which is both soft and springy, the Flyknit upper balances a best-of-both-worlds aesthetic that recalls icons of the past in stance while simultaneously casting a cutting-edge nod to the future. Of note is the subtly decoupled collar, which allows for natural mobility and customizable fit.
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When the Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Flynkit launches August 3, it comes complete with an undeniable, championship pedigree.

“To be the first to wear the latest Hyperdunk…to win a title in it…means the world to me,” says Green.

Is LaVar Ball Ruining His Son, Lonzo’s NBA Career Before It’s Even Started?

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – We all know who Lonzo Ball is. The UCLA Player who is a projected Top 5 Pick for the 2017 NBA Draft. But is he really still a Top 5 Prospect?

    (Photo Courtesy of Shifter Magazine)
 When you hear something like “a career ruined by ________”, you would think a career ruined by injuries, criminal offenses, PED’s (Performance Enhancing Drug’s), gambling, alcoholism, cheating, betting and much more, But for the 6’6 Point Guard, it seems that his professional career has already gone off to a rough start thanks to his father, LaVar Ball. Out of all the things and people to ruin your career or at least stir controversy, who would’ve thought your own father had the ability to ruin your career? Forgive the exaggeration, but I believe that LaVar Ball is already ruining not just his his son’s NBA career, but also their family name, and his son’s NBA career hasn’t even started yet.


LaVar Ball is known for his often overconfident and humorous comments about his son’s which has spawned memes and people mocking his comments by making contradicting statements such as “My son can win the dunk contest with a layup – LaVar Ball.” There are numerous times where he stated his son will be better than Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James. He even went as far as saying that he will surpass Michael Jordan, as someone will eventually need to take over and claim the crown as “The Greatest Of All Time.” according to him. He even said that he’d beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1 back in his day. Ironically, LaVar averaged 2.2 PPG during his time at Washington State. 

As for Lonzo, who is often silent. Received numerous national awards and honors since his High School days at Chino Hills, where his two younger brother’s LaMelo and LiAngelo currently play. Lonzo averaged 14.6 PPG, 7.6 APG, and 6.0 RPG per game in all 36 games he started in. Lonzo declared for the 2017 NBA Draft after being eliminated in the Sweet Sixteen of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Championship. Lonzo prefers to play for the Lakers instead of being the No.1 Pick due to the reason that his family resides in Los Angeles and would like to play in front of them.

Let’s talk about the first of Lonzo’s misfortunes. Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour, the “Big Three” brands in Basketball shoes, all turned down Lonzo Ball. To be turned down by a sneaker company is one thing, but to be rejected by all is another. Sneaker endorsements make a big part of a player’s earnings. LaVar Ball previously stated that he wanted 1 Billion USD over a course of 10 years (Which is equivalent to 100 Million a year.) This prompted LaVar to reach out to the “Big 3” of Chinese Basketball sneakers: Peak, Li-Ning, and Anta.




Second, their family owned company, Big Baller Brand, recently released the ZO2’s, making Lonzo Ball the first Basketball player to have his own signature shoe before entering the NBA. The sneaker, retails for a whopping 495 USD with an autographed version going on for almost 1000 USD. The shoe received mostly negative reviews due to its expensive price tag and lack of originality. If you look at Curry’s, LeBron’s, Kobe’s, etc. they retail from 150 USD to 200 USD. Most OG or Retro Jordan’s cost 220 USD at most. If you look at the ZO2’s, it looks like a combination of the Kobe 11 or Mentality 2, Adidas Crazylight Boost 2016, and some Skecher’s Memory Foam shoe. LaVar stated the reason for the price is ” because he’s the owner of the company and he can choose whatever price he wants for it.”   I guess the Chinese companies didn’t want Lonzo either. The sneakers’ logo is even already controversial due to it’s similarity to Coach Zach Smith’s Zone 6 brand. If you want, you can buy BBB Slides for 200 USD if you got some money to spare.



I have never seen a High School or College Basketball player receive much criticism and negativity from the public. It wasn’t even Lonzo’s fault for making himself so unlikable by people. NBA Executives have stated that LaVar’s comments and attitude will not affect Lonzo’s draft stock. Although I believe that Lonzo will be a Top 5 Pick and drafted by either the Lakers, Celtics, Heat or Suns, the problem would be his agent, and his agent, is no other than his father. His father may demand too much from an organization as an agent which may hurt his son’s relationship with NBA Executives. 


So has LaVar Ball damaged his son’s NBA Career, no, not yet at least. Lonzo should hopefully be able to meet the expectations from NBA Talent Scouts and comparisons to Jason Kidd given his court vision and passing ability. But I think that LaVar is slowly ruining his son’s legacy already based on the amount of negativity him and his brothers receive thanks to their father.

And remember, if you can’t afford BBB shoes, then you’re not a big baller!



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.

Fit

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.

Cushioning

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.

Traction

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. 

Overall


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. 

Here’s how you can get your hands on Nike Air Mag! The Future of Shoes

The Nike Mag, complete with “Adaptive Fit,” is now available in an effort to speed a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Almost 30 years ago, Nike inspired a future vision of footwear — an individually responsive shoe that senses the wearer and adapts on its own.

Famously worn on the silver screen by Michael J. Fox, the shoe quickly became a cultural icon. Today, Nike and The Michael J. Fox Foundation proudly announce the release of the 2016 Nike Mag 

— a limited-edition release of only 89 pairs available globally through an online draw — to once again channel the excitement of the Nike Mag to raise awareness in the fight against Parkinson’s and the Foundation’s tireless efforts to speed a cure.

How to get the Nike Mag

–          The majority of these will be available to residents of the United States and Canada through a digital draw process. Entrance to The Draw is via nike.com/mag or via the Nike+ App, with each entry granting equal opportunity to win a pair of the Nike Mag. Tickets are $10 donations to The Michael J. Fox Foundation. There is no limit to the amount of tickets that can be obtained per individual — the more tickets, the greater chance of winning. The Draw will begin on October 4, 2016 and end October 11, 2016. Winners will be notified October 17, 2016.

–          One pair of the Nike Mag will also be auctioned live in three places: Hong Kong on October 11, 2016; London on October 14 and 17; and in New York on November 12 at The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s benefit gala, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s.”

100 percent of the proceeds will go to The Michael J. Fox Foundation and drive critical research to accelerate development of a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

To find out more on how to get the 2016 Nike Mag, you can visit
http://news.nike.com/news/how-to-get-the-2016-nike-mag

Nike’s Chairman and CEO Mark Parker talks about the shoe in this short video:

adidas releases Crazylight 2016 James Harden Arizona State University. Hot or Not?

adidas releases Crazylight 2016 James Harden Arizona State University. Hot or Not?
The latest James Harden Crazylight 2016 drops and pays tribute to James’ alma mater: Arizona State University. 

James’ path to the NBA took shape at ASU, where he created a style all his own as a lights out three-point shooter with Eurostep drives to the rim. 
“Arizona State helped mold me into the man I am today and this is my chance to show love, respect and how much they mean to me,” James explained. “I’ve been up there practicing this summer and it’s one big family. You find certain things in life, and you get attached to them. It’s no different with ASU.” 
The ASU edition Kicks feature a light gray jacquard upper, maroon detailing and Harden’s No. 13 badge accented in gold on the tongue. Crazylight 2016 incorporates full-length BOOST cushioning, a TPU forefoot roll cage and reengineered fast traction to amplify control at all angles of play.

adidas releases Crazylight 2016 James Harden Arizona State University. Hot or Not?

The Crazylight 2016 ASU Edition is already being sold in Titan stores for P7,995.
Follow the conversation @adidashoops on Twitter and Instagram with #Crazylight.

YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 Where to get it in the Philippines?

KANYE WEST and adidas Originals drop the YEEZY BOOST 350 V2

Manila, Philippines In 2015, the YEEZY BOOST 350 changed the game. This September, Kanye West and adidas Originals introduce a bold evolution of this style. The world’s most influential and sought-after shoe debuts with a flash of color, as first seen at the epic YEEZY SEASON 3 presentation at Madison Square Garden during New York fashion week in February 2016.


Redesigned yet true to its roots, the YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 is crafted with beautiful, premium materials that infuse adidas’ technology with Kanye West’s unmistakable aesthetic. The 350 V2 makes an audacious play for color with an upper composed of Primeknit in three impactful hues of yarn. A streak of solar 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. Featuring the distinct center stitching on its upper as well as the signature ribbed outsoles, the YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 pays homage to its predecessor.


The YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 will hit stores globally on September 24th, 2016 and retails for P11,495.


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Know more about the YEEZY BOOST V2 by watching this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FB3bcj_CXUc, and visiting www.adidas.com/KANYE.


Join the conversation: #YEEZYBOOST

#adidasOriginals #adidasPH. Follow @adidasOriginals for updates.

Dame That Black is Hot! D Lillard 2 Shark Black edition.

Dame That Black is Hot! D Lillard 2 Shark Black edition.

Dame That Black is Hot! D Lillard 2 Shark Black edition.
An offensive force at the top of the NBA food chain, Damian Lillard continues to grind during offseason workouts as he prepares for his fifth year in the league. Representing Dame’s primal on-court instinct and ability to attack defenses at will, adidas strikes with the D Lillard 2 Shark Black edition.
His latest D Lillard 2 features tonal black treatment, hits of red, Oak Print detailing on the lack lock, heel counter, outsole and BOUNCE midsole with unique chain stitch embroidery along the silhouette’s upper.
Shark Black is already available in all leading adidas stores and retail partners for P5,995.

adidas NMD_R1’s first color-blocked release date

NMD_R1’s first color-blocked release, the shoe features its same striking and functional design in Core Black, rendering this year’s most iconic footwear series in its purest form yet.


ADIDAS ORIGINALS – NMD COLOUR BOOST


PHILIPPINES – adidas Originals brings full color-blocking to the NMD model for the first time ever, opening up a world of color possibilities for its groundbreaking BOOST runner silhouette.


Taking a tonal approach to its first color-blocked release, an iteration of the NMD_R1 feature tonal details in Core Black, from the stretch-mesh construction and welded three-stripes to the heel patch, three-stripes and iconic BOOST tooling, whilst an accompanying NMD_XR1 silhouette assumes a striking two tone effect in shades of black, featuring micro-rib knit and premium material overlays. Tonal EVA plug inserts complete the design, rendering 2016’s most iconic footwear series in its purest form yet.


The NMD_R1 Triple Black drops worldwide on September 17.

adidas returns with new colorways of PureBOOST X, continues to motivate women to radiate positive energy

adidas returns with new colorways of PureBOOST X, continues to motivate women to radiate positive energy

PureBOOST X is the unique running shoe created solely for women, by women. Based on years of testing and research with women around the world, adidas created a sleek, form fitting running shoe built to meet the relentless energy of their active lifestyle. While most running shoes are adaptations of male shoes PureBOOST X was designed with only the female athlete in mind, resulting in a high performance meets high fashion running shoe for women.
PureBOOST X’s distinctive floating arch and adjustable lacing system hug the contours of the female foot to deliver a personalised, supportive fit and completely fresh look and feel. An adaptive stretch mesh upper wraps and flatters the foot while providing ventilation to keep runs cool and comfortable. PureBOOST X also features a full length BOOST midsole, made of thousands of tiny capsules, designed to unleash energy with every stride. A Stretch Web outsole allows for flex at any point enabling the foot to maintain its natural motion during a run.
PureBOOST X is now available in several colourways including the newly released Ray Red colourway. This colourway will be featured on the feet of some of the world’s greatest athletes this season.
From lacing up through cooling down or making a statement with style, PureBOOST X feels exhilarating and looks amazing the moment you put it on.
As the brand with the three stripes unveils the new colorways of PureBOOST X, the adidas Women FitSquad enjoys a night of positive energy in this month’s workout session at Kerry Sports Manila.
Meant to boost the Fitsquad’s power, mobility and speed, the workout proper consisted of AcroYoga, Modified Calisthenics, and HIIT. adidas girls Kayleen Ortiz, Marj Marcelo, and Lexi Gangayco perfectly embodied positive energy as they led their own workout session with the new PureBOOST X.

Pure Boost X is great if partnered with a good sports bra, here are the top 10 sports bra from Runnerclick.com

adidas returns with new colorways of PureBOOST X, continues to motivate women to radiate positive energy

adidas PureBOOST X is  available now in stores and at http://shop.adidas.com.ph/running/pure-boost-x.html for P5,795.

Crazy Explosive for the next generation of basketball superstars- Details

Crazy Explosive for the next generation of basketball superstars
adidas Basketball officially unveils Crazy Explosive, a new franchise built for players with explosive moves that play above the rim. The introduction of Crazy Explosive is part of the brand’s new design and collaboration strategy that combines unique design and style elements that stand out from the crowd. 
The mid-top silhouette featuring full-length BOOST allows players like Minnesota Timberwolves star Andrew Wiggins to change the game, propel slashing drives to the basket and embarrass defenders in the air. Crazy Explosive will be worn by Wiggins, Harrison Barnes, Iman Shumpert, Serge Ibaka, Marcus Smart and Justise Winslow, among others.
“adidas came to me with a shoe to make me more explosive on the court. When I tried this shoe for the first time, I really felt the difference when attacking the basket,” said Wiggins. “And we all care about style. You haven’t seen adidas shoes like this before, these shoes are dope.”
Crazy Explosive was designed to challenge the look of the conventional basketball shoe and make a style statement on and off the court.  The silhouette features a Primeknit upper that enhances comfort, fit and durability, while offering striking color combinations that make statements on the court.
“We designed Crazy Explosive to stand out from every other basketball shoe ever released, so when I saw the initial response on social media by fans and media, I knew that we accomplished our goal,” said Jesse Rademacher, design director, adidas Basketball.  “As players get bigger, faster and stronger, they need footwear that harnesses their raw power and explosiveness.  For Crazy Explosive, we tuned our best BOOST and Primeknit technologies to meet the needs of these players that are too versatile to be contained and thrive on unpredictability.  We packaged it with an equally stunning silhouette and Crazy Explosive was born.”
Crazy Explosive was designed from the inside out, loaded with a full-length BOOST midsole, energy enhancing roll cage and power traction:

Crazy Explosive for the next generation of basketball superstars

First Full-Length Boost Mid-Top Shoe
Crazy Explosive features BOOST cushioning from heel-to-toe for industry-leading comfort and infinite energy return.  True to adidas’ mission to make athletes better, BOOST features innovative material made up of thousands of capsules that help store and release energy efficiently as athletes perform.  Crazy Explosive features a full-length infinity-shaped torsion plate that provides basketball tuned stability.
Energy Enhancing Roll Cage
The Crazy Explosive silhouette is stabilized with a lateral TPU roll cage that provides forefront stability to harness BOOST cushioning for explosive cuts and takeoff to the basket.
Power Traction
Crazy Explosive utilizes an entirely new traction pattern based upon reaction-diffusion that provides commanding grip and stability on the court.  The result is a natural traction pattern that stands up to even the most explosive player’s moves to the basket.
Controlled Lockdown Support and Comfort
Crazy Explosive is designed with dynamic lacing and a Primeknit upper to maximize breathability and lockdown on the court and in the air.  Tuned for infinite comfort, Crazy Explosive features an internal bootie construction that delivers an enhanced layer of comfort and support with GEOFIT foam along the tongue.
Crazy Explosive Solar Red is already available in Titan and NBA Store for P8,795, with additional drops throughout the year, including: Andrew Wiggins Home PE (October 1) and Triple Black (October 10).

SOLE SLAM 9

It’s the time of the year once again where shoe enthusiast gather as Sole Slam, the country’s premier sneaker event hosts its 9th edition at the World Trade Center. Sneaker as the main focus of the occasion, beginners, collectors and veteran attendees got a glimpse of the wide array of sneakers being displayed.










 

















. Some of them are also for sale ranging from affordable to not so sneaker friendly price. Aside from sneakers they also added Streetwear, Street Culture and Music to light up the festivities. Some special guests included adult stars Tera Patrick, Charmane Star and import model Ashley Vee. With the enormous crowd showing up during the one day event, we witnessed how the shoe culture grows year by year and take it as a positive note for future generations of Filipino sneaker fans.

Want to go fast? Check Out The Speed Gambit

Want to go fast? Check Out The Speed Gambit

When it comes to track and field, “fast” takes on a number of definitions. It can mean sprinting 100 meters in 10.70 seconds or covering 10,000 meters in a medal-winning 27:30.42. Ahead of the summer, Nike footwear designers tasked themselves with not only outfitting but also accelerating athletes across this entire gamut.

So they started with science on the sprint-side of the spectrum, which says that to make a sprinter, like three-time 100-meter World Champion and two-time gold-medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, faster through a shoe you have to stiffen the sole. Imagine a baseball bat: the longer that bat, the harder you can hit the ball. It’s all about force transfer. The idea of making a spike plate stiffer is the same: It increases the foot’s ability to drive propulsive force into the ground — the key component of speed.

But stiffness is only part of the solution; the shoe must also be light. Cutting-edge computational design tools and speedy 3D-printed prototyping led the team to the ideal balance of requirements and steered the creation of theNike Superfly Elite spike, which propelled Fraser-Pryce down the track .013 seconds faster, a gap that could mean the difference between first and fourth place.
To meet their greater “fast” directive, the team looked to extend the Superfly Elite plate innovation across all track and field footwear, noting that as event distances go up, speed becomes less about stiffness and more about endurance, which places cushioning at the fore. The same push and pull applies to the upper: while the 100 and 200 meters require maximum containment, longer distances necessitate more breathability. The upshot: Each shoe is more than the sum of its parts; it’s a cohesive acceleration system.

The 2016 Nike track and field footwear collection (pictured above) includes: 

1. Nike Zoom Javelin Elite 2: Throwing spike (javelin)
2. Nike Zoom Rotational 6: Throwing shoe (hammer throw, shot-put and discus)
3. Nike Zoom SD4: Throwing shoe (hammer throw, shot-put and discus)
4. Nike Zoom Streak 6: Racing flat (marathon)
5. Nike Zoom PV II: Jumping spike (pole vault)
6. Nike Zoom LJ 4: Jumping spike (long jump, triple jump)
7. Nike Zoom Victory 3: Distance spike (800 to 5,000 meters)
8. Nike Zoom D: Distance spike (800 to 10,000 meters)
9. Nike Zoom Matumbo 3: Distance spike  (1,500 to 100,000 meters)
10. Nike Zoom Celar 5: Sprint spike (100 to 400 meters)
11. Nike Zoom Superfly Elite: Sprint spike (100 to 400 meters)
12. Nike Zoom Victory Elite 2: Distance spike (1,500 to 5,000 meters)
13. Nike Streak Flyknit: Racing flat (marathon)
14. Nike Zoom Superfly Flyknit: Sprint spike (100 to 400 meters)

The Most Significant Partnership Ever Created Between an Athletic Brand and a Non-Athlete

The Most Significant Partnership Ever Created Between an Athletic Brand and a Non-Athlete

adidas + KANYE WEST
adidas and Kanye West Make History with Transformative New Partnership
The Most Significant Partnership Ever Created Between an Athletic Brand and a Non-Athlete

Recently, adidas announced the cementing of its long-term relationship with creative pioneer Kanye West in the launch of adidas + KANYE WEST, a YEEZY branded entity creating footwear, apparel and accessories for all genders across street and sport.

Recognizing the influence, success and global brand power that began almost two years ago with YEEZY for adidas Originals, the unprecedented new alliance makes history as the most significant partnership ever created between a non-athlete and an athletic brand. It will redefine the future, uniting adidas’ technical, innovative expertise and capabilities with the visionary imagination of West.

Together with Kanye West, a dedicated adidas team will lead the development and creation of all YEEZY products. Led from adidas’ Portland headquarters the team will manage and oversee the collaboration to assure its continued success globally. The expansion plan includes retail stores that will serve as distinct hubs for adidas and West developed YEEZY product. Further, adidas + KANYE WEST will extend beyond its current lifestyle focus, with the introduction of performance-intended designs, consequently offering options for both sport and street.

West said: “These past two years adidas and YEEZY have given a glimpse into our future. This partnership illustrates that anyone with a dream can dream without limitations.”

“Kanye is a true creator who has the ability to see things others don’t. We are excited and honored to build on this partnership, and eagerly look forward to defining the future together,” commented Eric Liedtke, adidas Group Executive Board Member, responsible for Global Brands. “With adidas + KANYE WEST we are exploring new territories by opening up the sports world to Kanye’s creativity. This is what adidas has always been about, empowering creators to create the new.” 

This recent announcement is the latest in a series of landmark achievements made by the German sports innovator and the globally influential artist. In February 2015, the presentation of YEEZY SEASON 1 rewrote the template of the modern fashion show, uniting style, music, celebrity, social media, and contemporary art to create a vibrant spectacle of creative expression. YEEZY SEASON 1 established West and adidas as powerful partners. 

At the same time the YEEZY BOOST 750 set off a global consumer sensation, serving as the first product drop born of the collaboration between adidas and West. Composed with adidas BOOST™ cushioning technology, the model combines the ultimate in comfort and performance with high-end style. 

As a follow-up, West and adidas launched the YEEZY BOOST 350, which went on to become one of the most sought-after and fastest-selling footwear models in history. The low-top model unites a BOOST™ cushioning sole and adidas’ Primeknit material with West’s pioneering aesthetic. The resulting design led to a consumer frenzy, followed by unprecedented sales and, last December, a Footwear News award for 2015 Shoe of the Year. 

Now, as long-term partners, West and adidas remain excited to reveal the next chapter of their collaboration.

adidas drops the next generation of running greatness with UltraBOOST Uncaged

adidas drops the next generation of running greatness with UltraBOOST Uncaged

The wait is over. adidas embraces the future of running with the introduction of UltraBOOST Uncaged, a shoe inspired by fans and perfected by the innovation experts of adidas Running. Featuring a new adidas Primeknit upper, an internal support system and unique tiered lacing system, UltraBOOST Uncaged is engineered for maximum performance.
Originally created as an evolution of the greatest running shoe ever, UltraBOOST Uncaged continues the performance legacy of its predecessor with each element designed to collectively deliver an unparalleled running experience. To transform the Uncaged look into a performance vehicle, adidas adapted an internal midfoot skeleton using technology developed for the world’s top track athletes, delivering highly technical support and comfort with a rebellious look. A re-engineered adidas Primeknit upper provides flexible breathability and natural movement through each stride to complement an adaptive knit collar. A new multi-tiered lacing system allows runners to personalize style and fit, while specially-designed flat laces offer enhanced comfort and stability.
Alongside its new innovations, UltraBOOST Uncaged also maintains its signature UltraBOOST features. A supportive heel counter showcases the iconic embossed UltraBOOST name and keeps the foot locked in place for additional stability; a full length BOOST midsole provides industry leading Energy Return and a Stretchweb Continental Rubber™ outsole flexes naturally for superior traction with every step.
In addition to providing running greatness, UltraBOOST Uncaged represents the commitment adidas has to its fans and athletes. After global trendsetters first modified UltraBOOST by cutting off its cage, adidas embraced the movement and invited partners to create their own stylized versions of the shoe. Following this collaborative approach and in line with its dedication to delivering only the best for the athlete, adidas created its latest running innovation – a sleek new silhouette with the performance benefits that separate UltraBOOST from every other running shoe.

adidas drops the next generation of running greatness with UltraBOOST Uncaged

“UltraBOOST Uncaged combines the performance and innovation standard of UltraBOOST with the unique flair of our passionately creative fan base,” says Ben Herath, Vice President of Design for adidas Running. “adidas is committed to making athletes better through innovation and UltraBOOST Uncaged is another prime example of that pledge being met with the input of runners from around the world.”
adidas UltraBOOST Uncaged drops in adidas stores on June 29 for Php8995.
Join the adidas Energy Running movement by following @adidasrunning on Twitter and Instagram using #UltraBOOST.

Nike released a special limited edition Nike Kobe XI Elite Low

Nike released a special limited edition Nike Kobe XI Elite Low

In celebration of Kobe Bryant’s visit to Manila this weekend, Nike released a special limited edition Nike Kobe XI Elite Low that commemorates his 20 year career.

Dubbed as the Kobe XI “Great Career Recall,” the shoe sports a black dominant upper with gold accents and a gold swoosh. A plain white outsole finishes the shoe on the bottom. He wore the exact same shoe during his two-day trip in Manila.

The Nike Kobe XI Elite Low released today June 26th at Nike Park Fort in limited quantities. Kobe himself led the launch and release of this special edition shoe that is exclusive in the Philippines and China.

Nike released a special limited edition Nike Kobe XI Elite Low

LeBron James Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 iD Helped improved His Performance during the 2016 NBA Finals

LeBron James Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 iD Helped improved His Performance

On the way to a historic NBA Finals comeback victory for his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James put on a show by leading not just his team – but both Finals teams – in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. And he did it wearing the Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 iD.

The shoe, which he started wearing in Game 4, has a flexible, stretch-lined upper, responsive Zoom Air cushioning and three distinct lockdown straps  across the foot. During the games in which he wore the Soldier 10, James averaged 34+points, 12+ rebounds, and 9 assists.

The Soldier 10 iD will launch in colors worn by James in the Finals with options for a metallic swoosh, personalized lettering, and black straps. It will officially launch on June 21 exclusively on NikeiD, for a limited time only.

The Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 iD, which celebrates today’s title, has a flexible, stretch-lined upper, responsive Zoom Air cushioning and increased lockdown through straps in the forefoot, midfoot and ankle.
Since he started wearing the shoes in game 4, James has averaged 34+ points, 12+ rebounds and 9 assists.

The Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 iD will launch exclusively in colors worn by James during the finals, with custom options for a metallic swoosh, personalized lettering and black straps. It will be available on June 21 for a limited time, only on NIKEiD.

Basketball Culture : LeBron James x Nike Shoes

LeBron James and Nike set a new record for the biggest shoe contract of all time when then an 18 year old high schooler signed a 7 year, $90 Million deal with Nike who had not played a single NBA game. In his rookie season, LeBron James played in the Nike Air Zoom Generation, but subsequent years followed with a sequential number for each shoe making the AZG the unofficial LeBron 1. The AZG was designed by Eric Avar, the LeBron II-VI were designed by Ken Link, and LeBron VII-Nike LeBron 13 have been designed by Jason Petrie.

Things are going well for the King. Nike Basketball has never produced and made available so many LeBron James shoes for sale than ever. In addition to the signature Nike LeBron shoes, Nike also brings out a Soldier series shoe plus other special editions of LeBron shoes. Below are examples of the latest LeBron shoes for sale:

(NIKE LEBRON 13 LOW ALMOST GOES “TRIPLE BLACK”)
(NIKE LEBRON 13 ELITE “SQUADRON BLUE”)
(NIKE LEBRON 13 LOW “USA” )
(LEBRON JAMES LACES UP NIKE ZOOM LEBRON III “ALL-STAR” )
(NIKE LEBRON SOLDIER X)
(NIKE LEBRON 13 ELITE “READY TO BATTLE”)

Tribute to Black Mamba : Nike CEO Mark Parker Designs Special Kobe Bryant Shoe

Mark Parker Designs Special Kobe Bryant Shoe

KOBE 11 MUSE PACK: MARK PARKER PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE BLACK MAMBA

The voice of the athlete is paramount to Nike’s vision to deliver the unimaginable to athletes worldwide. From his early years as a footwear designer, NIKE, Inc. President & CEO Mark Parker championed this mantra and credits Kobe Bryant as one of the top collaborators who has made the goal a reality. Bryant similarly values his long-term relationship with the visionary leader, stating, “Even though he has a large business to run, Mark still takes time to mentor me.”
Elements of Bryant’s alter ego, the Black Mamba snake, are reinterpreted in the third shoe in the KOBE 11 Muse Pack, designed by Mark Parker.
This reciprocal relationship dates back to the Nike Huarache 2K4, the first shoe Bryant wore after signing with Nike in 2003.  Parker played a key role in the shoe’s development, along with Eric Avar and Tinker Hatfield. The shoe immediately legitimized the innovative nature of Bryant’s signature line — a distinction that remains even after the conclusion of Bryant’s basketball career, as the Kobe signature line continues to grow and evolve.
Taking inspiration from this rich designer-athlete rapport and Bryant’s moniker “The Black Mamba,” the third shoe in the Kobe 11 Muse Pack features subtle details reflecting the black mamba snake. From the re-engineered Flyknit pattern and laces to the tongue and shoe underbelly, reptilian details designed by Parker subtly come to life on this new shoe.
The KOBE 11 Parker Muse is available in limited quantities beginning May 26 at SNKRS, followed by Nike.com and select global retail locations.

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James Harden "Home" and "Away" Shoes are Awesome

adidas Crazylight Boost 2.5

adidas and James Harden Reveal “Home” and “Away” PEs of the Crazylight Boost 2.5


Designed to complement the Houston Rockets’ home and away uniforms, adidas introduces the latest James Harden PEs of the Crazylight Boost 2.5.  


Home
The “Home” edition features a black and white upper with dual tones for clean yet bold design, while the shoe is also constructed with engineered webbing along the forefoot for added breathability. Red hits deliver pops of color on the outsole, heel tab and custom “13” wordmark to cap off the home tribute.

Away
The silhouette features a black to red gradient upper, combining Primeknit threads with forefoot mesh for increased durability and comfort on the court. Black details on the lacing system, pull tab, chrome-finished heel counter and custom “13” wordmark boldly contrast an iced red outsole to round out the road exclusive.  


The Crazylight Boost 2.5 “Home” is already available at select adidas stores: adidas Trinoma, adidas Greenbelt, adidas Fort BGC, NBA Store Trinoma, NBA Store Glorietta, NBA Store Megamall, adidas Shop Magnolia, adidas Shop Ayala Cebu, adidas Shop Gateway, adidas Shop Festival, Titan UP Town Center, Titan Shangrila, Titan Molito, Toby’s MOA, and Toby’s Magnolia.
The “Away” drops this month and will be sold at adidas Trinoma, adidas Greenbelt, adidas Fort BGC, NBA Store Trinoma, NBA Store Glorietta, NBA Store Megamall, Titan UP Town Center, Titan Shangrila, and Titan Molito.
Both editions retail at P7995.


Stay tuned and join the conversation @adidashoops on Twitter and Instagram with #CrazylightBoost.

adidas Originals presents ZX Flux – Must Check!


adidas Originals presents ZX Flux

ZX FLUX ASYM


In a release that captures the essence and energy of the summer months, adidas Originals presents two brand new renditions of the left-field ZX FLUX Racer ASYM with an eye-catching visual aesthetic.


Using a two-tone waffle mesh textile for the upper, the shoe has been treated in an all-over fade for a washed-out aesthetic, while some contrast color pops on the overlays and a semi-translucent midsole unit complete the picture. Offered in core black and blue colorways, it’s a perfect summer release with untouchable sunshine vibes.
ZX FLUX Racer ASYM Primeknit


Stepping out in its most vivid iteration yet, the game-changing new ZX Flux Racer Asym silhouette gets a head-turning gradient treatment for the Spring.


Featuring a fully engineered Primeknit upper with the shoe’s original midsole tooling and welded structural details, the asymmetrical-laced runner has been treated with a faded polka-dot motif, creating a striking gradient effect. Finishing touches include tonal laces, and a contrast heel-cage, pull-tab and outsole, creating a standout release for the newest Flux iteration that couples its bold visual mode with an equally vibrant aesthetic.


ZX FLUX ADV SHOES


A ZX FLUX SNEAKER WITH A SPEEDY LOOK.
These men’s shoes add high-speed style to the crisp, clean look of the ZX Flux. The basket weave mesh upper shows off floating 3-Stripes and a clear heel cage.

  • Basket mesh upper
  • Comfortable textile lining
  • Clear TPU 3-Stripes with welded outline
  • Injection-moulded EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Clear TPU heel cage
  • Grippy rubber outsole

    Shoes of the Week: Boston Marathon Edition 2016

           The Boston Marathon is considered as a premiere running event in the world. It is suffice to say that running during “Patriot’s day” in Massachusetts has become one the most coveted privileges of all running enthusiasts since its initial launch decades ago. The Boston Marathon served as a birthplace of legends and a symbol for triumph and dedication to the sport.
            As an annual tribute to this 119-year old tradition, several giant sport brands  redesign some of their top shoe models in honor of the Boston Marathon.  
    Here are some of the latest releases:
    1.) Saucony Triumph ISO 2
    2.) Skechers GoRun Forza


    3.) New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

    4.) Newton Running Fate 2



    5.) Saucony Kinvara 7


    6.) Nike LunarEpic FlyKnit


    7.) Brooks Adrenaline GTS


    8.) Skechers GoMeb Speed 3

    9.)New Balance Fresh Foam 1080


    10.) Adidas Adizero Adios Boost




    Shoe Guide PH (Stability Shoes Edition): Find your trainers here!

    Neutral shoes are swarming the shoe market across the country. Fortunately it doesn’t mean that it is the only category that follows the latest trends and innovations. 
    Still looking for that new Stability pair this summer? This Shoe Guide (Stability) Edition might help you! Here are some highly recommended Stability Running shoes in the Philippines this 2016!
    You might want to check them out!
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    1.) Brooks Ravenna 7
    The Brooks Ravenna 7 continues to provide a smooth and cushioned ride through its signature BioMoGo DNA foam cushioning midsole.  With a redesigned Midfoot Transition Zone and Forefoot Energy Zone, the Ravenna 7 adapts to your stride, enhancing the heel-to-toe off transition while offering responsiveness and support.  The improved upper mesh offers better breathability and functional fit. 

    2.) Asics Gel Kayano 23
    Featuring the new FlyteFoam midsole technology, the Asics Gel Kayano 23 offers a suppler lightweight cushioned ride for moderate to maximum overpronators. The shock absorption capability of Kayano 23 is further improved using the combination of the Dynamic DuoMax support system and the placement of ASICS Gel on the forefoot and rear foot region of the shoe.

    3.) Saucony Hurricane ISO 2

    The Saucony Hurricane ISO 2 comes back with a fresh update. Combining the PowerGrid midsole with the new EVERUN topsole technology, the Hurricane ISO 2 is a promising pair for runners who aim for an optimal cushioning experience. The ISOFIT is developed for a better and secured fit during short or long runs. The dual density medial design of the Hurricane ISO 2 offers more stability and the best possible support for overpronators. 

    3.) New Balance Vazee Prism
    “Sleek, fast, and surprisingly supportive”, this is how New Balance Product Manager Claire Wood described the newest entry of the Vazee line: the Vazee Prism. The Vazee Prism utilizes the trademark Revlite midsole that provides a lightweight and responsive performance. The upper was constructed using revamped overlays for a more secure fit. The Vazee Prism included an engineered dual density design on the medial side for a more stable ride for mild to moderate overpronators.  
    5.) Adidas Ultraboost ST
    The Ultraboost ST is the stability version of the Ultraboost released in February 2015 and a revolution for the Adistar Boost line. Utilizing the popular Boost midsole, the Ultraboost ST gives an unmatched energy return and smooth transition in each stride.  It also utilizes a seamless Primeknit upper for a more breathable and glove-like fit. The STRETCHWEB rubber outsole of the Ultaboost ST helps provide supportive ground stability during runs. Runners can also expect a superb traction under dry or wet road conditions because of the Continental Rubber outsole integrated to the shoe. 

    6.) Skechers GoRun Forza
    Built to support moderate to severe overpronators, the Skechers GoRun Forza is a responsive and smooth-riding running shoe. Featuring a lightweight Resalyte midsole and Resalyte medial post, the Forza offers adequate cushioning, flexibility, and responsiveness. The shoe also has a light seamless upper with 3D synthetic overlays for a more comfortable and stretchy fit. The outsole of Skechers GoRun Forza also has a rubber outsole that aims to provide a better traction and durability. 

    7.) Asics GT 2000 4

    The ASICS GT 2000 4 returns with minor updates. Like other running lines of the brand, the GT 2004 adapts the forefoot and rearfoot strategic placement of the ASICS Gel. The breathability and fit of the upper was much improved through the open mesh design of the shoe. The GT 2000 4 maintained the combination of the FluidRide midsole cushioning and the Dynamic Duomax system for stability and cushioned responsiveness.

    8.) Brooks Transcend 3
    The sleeker iteration of the Brooks Transcend 3 boasts a Super DNA midsole that adjusts in every stride while providing a soft underfoot cushioning. This premium daily trainer features IDEAL Pressure zones that distribute the impact evenly for a more comfortable ride. The upper was engineered to give a more custom fit and breathability through a laser cut mesh. Utilizing the Guide Rails system, the Transcend 3 helps the foot in sustaining its preferred natural motion or pronation.

    9.) Saucony Guide 9
    Being the brand’s flagship light stability shoe, the Saucony Guide 9 comes back with key updates. The addition of the new EVERUN midsole gives another level of responsive and durable foam cushioning.  Because of the redesigned FLEXFILM that secures the upper of the shoe, the Saucony Guide 9 sports a lightweight breathable mesh and a secure fit. The TRI-FLEX outsole pattern offers better pressure and impact distribution to your foot as you go for the long haul.

     

     
     
    PERSONAL NOTE:
    Some of these stability shoes have been released as early as January 2016 while rest will definitely hit the market this summer. Although the preference of each runner varies, these shoes were selected and recommended based on the staggering positive reviews they gained from thousands of runners around the world. I hope you will finally find your dream stability shoes!