Tomato Kicks, one of the top sneaker retail stores in the country will be celebrating their first year anniversary this coming April 9, 2017, 6pm and this is not just one ordinary celebration.
Being one of the most trusted retailers in the sneaker game, Tomato Kicks was able to establish and still continuing to maintain their topnotch customer experience through their excellent customer service leaving each one of their buyers with a smile on their faces.
The Philippine Sneaker scene has been growing and having this kind of store that provides you with basically all kind of kicks you need, from “hard-to-find” heat pairs or even lifestyle shoes, they all have it in store for you in a very reasonable price.
As they celebrate their store’s first anniversary, Tomato Kicks’ brand ambassadress Kim Domingo will be joining the Tomato Kicks’ staff and management to entertain the crowd and customers also to give thanks to a fruitful year of sneaker game and that’s not all..
They will also be giving away pairs of expensive sneakers to raffle winners with a chance to take home some Adidas heat, Jordan and Nike pairs and many more! For only Php200 you will have a chance to take home expensive sneakers to be added in your collection.
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It has been a great year for all sneaker heads and enthusiasts as all brands released great lifestyle and performance sneakers. Jordan Brand, Adidas, Nike and more sneaker brands have made it a paradise for everyone leaving all of the sneaker heads drooling with their amazing releases.
For me personally, it’s also been a great year having a lot of Jordan retros released and different Nike signature shoes. Adidas also reached it’s peak with various releases of their most hyped pairs.
Here’s my top 5 Sneakers of 2016.
#5. Adidas Ultraboost (Caged and Uncaged)
This has been so far the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn. Considered as the number 1 pair of running sneakers, with the boost cushioning technology this pair is probably going to stay as the top pair of sneakers in the running category as Adidas prepares more releases of different variety of Ultraboost in the pipeline.
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The hype is real!! This boost cushioned pair of sneaker is surely one of the most hyped kicks of 2016. With pure boost technology sole and prime knit version upper and different colorways, this has been one of the most successful releases of Adidas so far. Different collaborations with different brands have been innovated by Adidas such as NMD x Mastermind pair and the most recent hyped pair the Bape Camo NMD that made this variety one of the most anticipated products in the sneaker game especially for those hypebeast out there.
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#3. Yeezy 350 V2.
Another Kanye product that keeps the hypebeast community rolling, one of the most comfortable and sought after sneaker of 2016 and will surely continue this 2017. With it’s very neat box with a huge 350 logo on the upper part, this pair maintains it’s classy look and as of comfort? Man, this pair is comfy, the way it fits your feet it really makes you feel you’re wearing something light and like walking on clouds. Sizing really matters in this kind of pair cause sometimes you need to upsize or downsize but you can just remove that insole if you’re in a midsize range and it will perfectly work for you. Different varieties have been released for this joint but the belugas stands out among all of these V2 releases and still holds a high resell value in the sneaker market.
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#2. Air Jordan 11 Space Jam.
Marking the 20th anniversary of the movie Space Jam, Jordan Brand released an anniversary pair of the same sneakers worn by Michael Jordan in the epic movie of the 90’s. Considered as one of the grails in your sneaker collection, Man, you’ll never go wrong with these joints as the heat for this pair is certainly up to the ceiling and if you are a Jordan Brand collector, this pair is a must have up there on your display room.
And number 1!!
#1. Air Jordan 1 Breds “BANNED”.
This historic pair originally released on 1985 is the first pair of sneakers worn by Michael Jordan. This pair is a controversial joint during this era as this sneaker was banned by the NBA because of it’s uniformity rule but Michael Jordan continued to wear these while Nike pays for the fine for each game he wears these bad boys. This is the Holy Grail of all Jordan sneakers and if you are a collector, you should have these. With a very few releases of the Jordan 1 Banned, the resell value went crazy high as everyone wanted to get a hold of each pair. Well bro, I doubled up on these!!
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Considering how big the Sneaker Game has become in the country, another Sneaker Con happened last Sunday, November 20 at SM Aura. Considered as one of the biggest sneaker events to be held in the country, it will also be the biggest expo before we end the year of 2016.
This sneaker event called “Manila Sneaker Expo” showcased different activities, such as Sneaker Raffles, hourly giveaways, great music featuring different artists and DJs in the country, Sneaker Auctions will also be conducted for sneaker enthusiasts or what they call “Sneakerheads”. Heat Pairs like Jordan 1 Banned and kicks from Yeezy line will also be available in the venue. And guess what?, Yeezy pair was given away in your size!!
Different guest artists and online stars like Marc Miranda and Nightwing 2303 were part of this anticipated event and was hosted by Mr. Hoops Mike Swift Check out their sick sneakers!
One of the most high-tech pair of sneakers that you can find in the market right now is the Nike MAG back to the future but with the latest announcement of NIKE, they will have the most anticipated self-lacing-shoe Nike Hyperadapt 1.0
Aside from the back to the future themed Nike MAG pair this shoe has an auto lacing system that makes it a perfect fit to anyone’s feet. Nike’s Tiffany Beers says that the shoe automatically activates as soon as the wearer puts it on. It has a technology called as EARL short for Electro Adaptive Reactive Lacing.
“When you step in, your heel will hit a sensor and the system will automatically tighten,” she explains. “Then there are two buttons on the side to tighten and loosen. You can adjust it until it’s perfect.”
Price has yet to be announced but it will surely be available in Nike +. Avaialability date as per NIKE will be on 11.28.16
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One of the most hyped pairs in the sneaker game Air Jordan 11 is set for another iconic kicks as they release the Air Jordan 11 Space Jam. This release of this pair will showcase number of upgrades with the addition of Nike Air branding on the insole. The patent leather of this version is cut differently with higher mudguard than what we usually see in J11 pairs to replicate the original shape of the said pair. Air Jordan 11 Space Jam is set to be released on December 10 2016 . The said pair will have a starting price of $220. Make sure you are updated on the release dates, retail stores where they will release it and the reservation process so you will have a chance to cop this iconic pair.
Sneakerheads and sneaker lovers, here’s an early treat from Nike, they will be offering a great deal on all of their Running, Training and Skateboarding shoes this weekend (17th and 18th of September). Buy one Take one promo is on as they let you pay for the highest amount of one of the two pairs of your choice and get the other pair for free. Buyers will go crazy and buyers will be massive so make sure you get there early and cop your favorite kicks.
Nike and the retired superstar are making a good retirement work for the sneakerheads out there.
This soccer inspired shoes has a different design from other Kobe 11. There’s the NIKE name in the side of the shoe and the swoosh that is original in the side are now located at the forefoot.
This shoes is priced at 160 dollars or around 7,500 pesos.
The famous design of adidas sneakers will have another colorway to be released this September and it is the Solar Red Colorway.
Thia colorway almost gives a same vibe to the iconic “Red October” seen in the Air Yeezy. Sneaker Addicts will enjoy the same comfort and breathability found in every NMD R1.
The price has not been released by Adidas but this shoes will be available by mid September.
We usually look out for the gowns and men outfits during the Oscars, SONA and etc worn by different artists and icons. But like the NBA we also watch out for the kicks that our PBA players will rock during the All Star Game.
Japeth Aguilar of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel arrived at the Araneta Coliseum before the game rocking an Air Jordan 4 White Cement but eventually uses his AJ 6 during the game.
RR Garcia of the Star Hotshots also played on his Kobe XI USA that he usually wear during the regular games.
Paul Lee of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters sports his Kobe XI “Redhorse” during the game.
Chris Ross stuns everyone as he rocks a custom made Air Jordan 6 during the All Star game with White and Gold colorway.
With the re-release of the Air Jordan 1 Breds banned, there’s a rumor that the Air Jordan XXXI will also be released this year. Based on the information that we received, this pair will showcase a combination of the AJ 1 and the futuristic look of the new Js of today like the Jordan XXX.
Looking at the rumored image of this pair, it definitely have the touch of the first Jordan that was banned by the NBA during the time when Jordan wore it then nike paid the fee for the penalty every single game and a cool upper sole that looks like one of the released Air Jordan XXX or 29. It is rumored to drop this September and who knows?, we will just wait for any possible info we can get and we won’t let this heat pass us by without copping one.
We had a chance to talk to one of the sneaker dealers in the sneakers community from Los Angeles California, Earl John Verzo, the owner of Shoe Fiend Los Angeles granted us with an interview over the social media and we asked a few questions and tips on how to be a sneakerhead based on how they started their shop from being a hobby to being a business that offers a lot of services.
“I started getting involved in the sneaker community way back in 2013 when I got curious about buying and reselling and trading shoes without realizing that I’m addicted to it already.” Earl shared how he it turned out to be a hobby to an addiction in collecting and selling kicks.
“My First pair was a Nike Air Shox VC 3 back when I was on my 6th grade. I was only 12.” He surely is one of them sneakerheads who started in an early age.
“My favorite sneaker would be the OG Nike Jordan 1 Breds, because of the history behind it. It is the most single iconic shoes of all time it revolutionized the sneaker game. Everytime MJ would wear it on the NBA Court he was getting fined and Nike would cover the fees just for him to continue to wear em. It’s basically the shoe that started it all, it will never go out of style, the older the Nike Air Jordan 1, the higher the price it gets.”
Here are some tips that he gave out to all the aspiring sneakerheads or collectors as they call it.
1. Make sure that you are financially capable of collecting shoes before you start.
2. Make your priorities straight. (God, Family and Responsibilities.
3. Self discipline and Respect.
4. Do your research upon buying (shoe prices changes constantly, watch out for this.)
5. Make sure to do a legit check before buying to a private seller. (Avoid getting scammed)
6. Enjoy your shoes, wear them, stock them. But don’t let it hinder you.
These tips are the basic steps into getting involved in to the sneaker game and this guy surely knows everything about it.
Now, more than anything else, we got curious on how they were able to put up a very successful online sneaker shop. This part of the interview makes this article a good one and very helpful to anyone who wants to start their own sneakers business.
” Shoe Fiend Los Angeles started as a joke. when my friend told me that I was too addicted to shoes. he kept on seeing me on numerous post on Facebook buying, selling, and trading shoes. I did not took it as a joke but instead I made it to my reality. Shoe Fiend Los Angeles started as a local shoe group based in Los Angeles, California. Is an Online Market Place where you can Buy Sell Trade your Shoes For Free. We provide News releases for the upcoming shoe craze that will be released. We help out our fellow sneaker head to achieve there “grail” (the shoe shoeheads and sneakerheads want the most for their collection. the shoes they will do anything for. including selling or trading their whole collection for it.) We also feature Shoes that are on sale that you can get for a steal price. And Any Sneaker Related Post. Shortly after Making the Group I realized to make my Online Shoe Store and Started Branding. Started Going to Local Shoe Events on the Los Angeles Area 4 events on 2015 I even attended at The Sneaker Carnival last year hosted by sole academy here in the Philippines at the MOA Grounds. 2016 by a long shot is the biggest I had my own Table at Sneakercon in Los angeles which was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It’s a two day event and had 40,000 Attendees each day. Went to Laced Locked and Loaded in Rowland Heights, CA and even Lace’em up in Hollywood, CA. “
Shoe Fiend Los Angeles is an online shoe store that produces Shoes from Nike, Jordans, Adidas, Yeezy’s And other hot shoes that are on the market. They work with a top notch Graphic Artist to represent themselves with the right logo and carefully selected the Quality of the shirts with the Help of the owner’s Sister who is A Fashion Designer. Which Produced as the Shoe Fiend Los Angeles “The Usual Shirt”. They Also have Shoe Cleaning Product Called “Crisp Cleaner”.
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