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NEW BALANCE 373

My first pair of NB’s.

Once I saw this on Capital’s online website, I knew I had to have it (plus the fact it was on sale).

As you guys know, I love the color red. I also love shoes. Put those together and it’s a match made in heaven.

Red body + White lining + White Midsole = PERFECTION

It’s simple yet it stands out.

The materials used on this pair are mesh and suede.

I actually switched up the red laces to white laces to make the colors pop even more.

Pair these with shorts, jeans, or anything at all and you’re good to go.

(Grabbed from my ig stories. Follow me @ralphdreyfus)

If you guys are interested in getting this pair or any other pair, head on to Capital’s website here. Tons of great pairs to choose from.

OOTD with this pair next on this blog.

Any questions? Hit me up below!

Maz Brasil

Not basketball shoes. This ain’t me, I know, but trust me when I say it won’t be full of hoop shoes on this blog.

A sneaker brand from Brazil has found its way to the Philippines, and it has become one of my go to shoes because of it’s simple yet stand out design and it being so comfortable and light.

Maz Brasil is a unique line of sneakers that’s 100% handmade in Brazil. Each pair carries that distinctive Brazilian energy expressed in color combinations inspired by Brazil’s famous beach destinations and surf culture: pops of neon that can take you from the airport to the beach and cooler hues perfect for traveling across the urban jungle.

Style options come in different hues to fit your every mood. Whatever pair you’re wearing, you’re sure to stand out!”

I’m pretty sure you’d want to know the features already, it ain’t much, but less doesn’t mean bad.

The shoes are as light as 200 grams. If you have a weight limit when you travel, no worries, this won’t even be noticeable on the scale.

These are flexible. You can fold it and just stuff it in your bag and you are good to go.

They are machine washable. Dry and ready to hit the floor in 10-15 minutes.

It’s light, convenient, and it looks so damn good on your feet. Grab a pair and I promise you that you will not regret it. If you plan on going out to do errands, go sightseeing, eat out and whatnot, no matter what it is you’re doing, this is the pair for you. I’m not kidding. It’s plain and simple, just how shoes should be. No drama, no nothing.

Interested? Click here to check out their website for more info!

Questions? Hit me up down below!

Kyrie 3 “White Chrome” Performance Review

I really don’t know how to start this.

I love this pair. I really do. Not a go to shoe compared to my Dame 3 or my J Wall 2 but it gets the job done. Certainly not the most comfortable pair of shoes I’ve hooped in but certainly not the worst *cough* Lebron 13 *cough*.

Let’s get started on the review:

TRACTION:

Certainly the BEST feature of this pair.

Traction pods are placed on both sides of the forefoot area and the rest of the outsole features a blade pattern.

Minimal wiping is needed. No slipping whatsoever even if the court I played in was dusty.

I don’t do crossovers that much. I play PF-C most of the time but I never experienced any type of slipping while running or those sudden stops.

Traction: 9/10

CUSHIONING:

A Zoom unit is placed in the heel area of the shoes for impact protection and phylon for the rest of the midsole for court feel.

The phylon does its job giving you that court feel when you play. The Zoom unit, however, isn’t really felt. It isn’t that responsive. I don’t know if I have to break it in more but based on all the reviews I’ve read about this pair, it’s all the same. I mean, it isn’t that stiff to make your feet hurt because I had a good time hooping in them.

Cushioning: 7/10

MATERIALS:

The upper features a reinforced mesh with fuse in the toe box for a bit more durability. The back end of the shoes features a spike-like design which doesn’t really do anything to make the shoe any better. 

The materials on this pair are, OKAY. Nothing spectacular or amazing. It’s soft and isn’t stiff to hinder movement while playing.

Materials: 7/10

FIT/LOCKDOWN/LACING/SUPPORT:

The forefoot area features a Flywire lacing setup for a better lockdown while using this pair and does it get the job done? It does and it really feels locked down. Don’t tighten it up too much or you might feel a bit uncomfortable.

As for the fit, just go TTS (true-to-size). Before buying shoes (especially online), try them out in stores first to know your exact size. It’s a very narrow pair just so you guys know.

Support is great. The Flywire helps lockdown your feet along with the internal TPU heel counter effectively. 

VENTILATION:

It doesn’t get hot. I never had an issue where my feet got too hot and sweaty while I was playing. The upper doesn’t look like it’s breathable since it has fuse and plastic reinforced mesh, but it actually is.

Ventilation: 8/10

OVERALL:

I’ve said before that the Dame 3 was my go-to shoe, but as of now I’ve played more in this pair than the other and I can proudly say that this is my go-to shoes now.

It’s a solid hoop shoe. Traction is great, the cushioning is decent, materials are awesome. If you were to look for a nice pair of point guard shoes, get this. But if you aren’t fond of stiff cushioning setups, don’t get this coz you’re going to have an unpleasant time.

Overall: 8/10

Comments? Questions? Leave them down below! 

Dame 3 “USA” Performance Review

Very impressive.

For a low cost performance shoe, this pair totally dominates any other budget kicks out there and could even compete with big budget shoes. 

I don’t even know how Adidas can make a pair this awesome and keep it at that price. The traction, cushioning, materials, etc. are so great that it actually makes you think that it’s worth more than that and even if they upped the price, you’d still be willing to buy it.

Imma start this off with the:

TRACTION:

It features a multi-directional traction pattern. Whether you’re going left or right, sudden stops, driving to the basket, whatever direction you go, this will grip the floor well. I had no slipping whatsoever, minimal wiping was needed (that or our court was surprisingly clean). Outsole is thick enough to be used outdoors but don’t expect it to last extremely long.

Traction: 8.5/10

CUSHIONING:

Bounce all day.

I have boost and boost is GREAT. But bounce is on a whole different level.

This pair features a dual density type of bounce. The midsole carrier cage and the main midsole.

It provides comfort, responsiveness, great court feel, and impact protection was above par and it was really stable. It didn’t take long to break in the cushioning, two games and it was already awesome.

Cushioning: 8.5/10

LACING/FIT/SUPPORT:

The DAME 3 features a one piece booty for its body. No more irritating tongue that you have to keep on adjusting every now and then. This will stay in place no matter what.

For the fit, go TTS (true to size). I went TTS and I had no problem with it. At first my heel was sliding in and out of the shoes but not sliding out entirely. I just had to adjust the lacing to fit my feet better.

This pair features a fully customizable lacing setup. There are so many ways of fixing the lacing of your shoes for a better fit or lockdown.

Support will only be good/great if you have the proper fit, and this is phenomenal. The lacing setup, whether it’s the default style or your own, it will provide a great lockdown and the midsole carrier actually helps in securing your feet while you’re playing, plus the internal TPU heel counter. It may not look like much but the support on this pair is beastly.

The sides of the shoes where you put your laces in wraps around your feet like a burrito. 

Lacing/Fit/Support: 9/10

MATERIALS:

It’s nothing spectacular but don’t get me wrong, this is way better than what the other pairs have out there. 

This features a mesh upper that’s reinforced with plastic and fuse for durability. Your movement wouldn’t be hindered as well because it is super flexible as well.

Ventilation isn’t bad at all. My feet weren’t getting sweaty nor did it feel hot. 

MATERIALS: 8/10

OVERALL:

The Dame 3 is now one of my go-to pair of kicks. It’s reliable and is actually comfortable and it doesn’t hurt your feet even after how many games. If you’re having second thoughts on whether to cop this pair or not, just cop it. You won’t regret it at all. Not one bit.

OVERALL SCORE: 9/10


Adidas already released the DAME 4 and I have yet to try it out and review it. Hopefully I get the chance sometime soon.

Comments? Hit me up down below!

Dame 3 “USA” initial thoughts

What time is it?

It’s Lillard time.

A low-cost/budget pair of sneakers that performs just as well, if not better, than high end basketball shoes out there on the market. That’s just based on all the reviews I’ve seen and read. 

I haven’t had the chance to compare it to the previous models since I ain’t got them. I was supposed to get the Lillard 1 a few years back but decided to pass on em. 

No doubt this will be a beast on court. NO DOUBTS AT ALL.

Traction looks hella great. Tried it on and the Bounce cushioning feels great (I haven’t even tried breaking them in yet). Materials feels amazing but too soon for me to say anything, hopefully the ventilation isn’t crappy. Support seems decent, hard to say. But it’s the lacing system that I’m super excited to play around with, I’m not sticking with the factory lacing style forever, I’m gonna change it up eventually.

“The adidas D Lillard 3 debuted in 2016 as the third signature sneaker for Portland Trailblazers all-star point guard Damian Lillard. The sneaker featured a customizable lacing system, a TPU-coated fused mesh upper, a TechFit inner bootie, a Bounce midsole, and an outsole pattern inspired by Lillard’s childhood.”

(Details courtesy of solecollector.com)

I’m actually more excited to try this on more than the Kyrie 3. Let’s hope it lives up to it’s hype. 

Thoughts? Hit me up below!

Initial thoughts on the Kyrie 3 “White Chrome” 

No doubts.

I have zero doubts that this shoe will perform well. I have read tons of reviews saying that this pair, among the previous Kyrie’s, is the best one yet. 

I won’t be doing a performance review. This just a plain tech breakdown and my initial thoughts on the shoes.

TECH BREAKDOWN:

  • Cushioning:

– Heel Zoom Unit

– Phylon midsole for court feel

  • Materials:

– Mesh upper
– Toebox is reinforced with a forefoot band with Flywire and fuse

  • Lacing:

– Flywire at the forefoot and instead of your regular circular holes for the laces, you get vertical shaped holes.

  • Support/Lockdown:

– Integrated forefoot band with Flywire cables enhance forefoot motion while maintaining lockdown

  • Traction/Outsole: 

– Traction pods, integrated forefoot band and outsole curvature.

– Independent traction pods on the forefoot enhance traction for hard cuts.

– Herringbone/Blade Traction Pattern.

“Details courtesy of Nike News, and Weartesters.com

For me, personally, I think the only problem I’ll get with this pair, is the cushioning setup. Will I enjoy it? I don’t know. Will I hate it? Certainly not, it just means it’s not for me but it doesn’t mean I won’t play in them anymore. 

Traction. We all know that won’t be a problem for a pair of shoes designed for the player with the best handles in the league (yes he is better than Curry in my personal opinion).

As for the materials and support, they look decent enough. I’m not expecting anything too special out of them. Let’s just hope the ventilation ain’t too shabby.

That is it for the Kyrie 3, the performance review should be up some time this week once I get to try em on.

Thoughts? Hit me up down below.

#OOTD PART 4 (BOMBER) 

I literally have had this thing or fascination with bomber jackets for quite a while already but I just wasn’t able to grab one. Maybe because it was a tad bit expensive? Yeah probably that. 

Luckily, my folks got me 2 bombers (and other clothes) from their trip to Milan. I’ve been wanting a jacket for months already and now, not only did I get one, I got two! Patience truly is a virtue for this was really worth the wait.
MOVING ON.

I really wanted to rock my new jackets (and other new clothes) as soon as possible! Fortunately for me, we watched “Spider-Man: Homecoming” just the other night. Perfect opportunity.
I decided to rock the Navy blue bomber with a plain black shirt, a white pair of shorts (It’s dri-fit as well!), a white-strapped watch, a bracelet, and a pair of Vans Old Skool. 

And that part I forgot to mention, I also got new Vans (Old Skool mids).
The Vans that I got was a 50th Anniversary edition or either for the Summer/Spring collection I think? I haven’t done my research on them yet but that’s what the people at Vans told my folks when they got it. I’ll just have to take their word for it.

I’ll put up a review of the shoes as well soon.

The outfit is plain, simple, and yet, it stands out. It has a bit of that classy/preppy vibe to it as well.

Tell me what you think of this outfit down below!

Jacket: H&M (L.O.G.G.)

Shirt: Generic plain black shirt

Shorts: White Kappa Dri-fit shorts

Shoes: Vans Old Skool Mid (Stickers)

#OOTD PART 3

This isn’t so much of an OOTD. No one was there to take pictures of me.

Except for my sister.

Wrong choice.

Damn it.

My sister isn’t good with taking pictures. She isn’t fond of OOTD’s as well, but I had no other choice. I gave her instructions and… she took pictures of herself on my phone (I’ll put those pics on a separate post). 

This was the only decent pic that she took (plus editing).

I decided to do a flat lay instead.

Plain dark blue v-neck, partnered with gray sweatshorts that stop a bit above the knee, white chucks, a white pair of Nike crew socks, a watch, and a bracelet if you want. The socks are optional if you’re not a fan of high socks. 

This kind of style or outfit is usually what I wear when I go to school since it’s easy to put together, especially for a guy who’s usually too lazy to dress up in the morning. 

You could also trade the top for a white shirt like this,

Comments? You know where to put them! 

STAR LABS

I FINALLY GOT ONE!

I’ve been wanting this shirt for a while now but I haven’t been able to get one since the stores near me DO NOT have this in stock. I mean, c’mon man, WHY?! It’s a sought after shirt and you don’t have it in stock? SMH.

Fast forward to a few days ago (same time I got my pink H&M shirt), but just to make the long story short, I saw the shirt, I tried the shirt, I bought the shirt. It was that simple. No more second thoughts. I had to get it. Though I was thinking of getting the sweater instead of the shirt, but with the unpredictable weather (which is hot and dry most of the time), the shirt was more reasonable to get, and it was cheaper. 

I got this shirt at Pop Culture inside Trinoma for P400.

Post your comments down below!

Pink Vibes

Pink.

I haven’t been a huge fan of that color until recently. Why? I really don’t know. I felt like I couldn’t rock it or something like that. But now, I’ve been wanting to get my hands on a pink hoodie or a pink shirt but I wasn’t lucky enough to get one.

Till this week.

I went to H&M to just window shop and nothing more till I came across this plain pink tee. I knew I just had to get it. I grabbed a size large and headed for the fitting room. Usually I’d buy a medium sized shirt but semi-oversized shirts have this hold on me these past few months.

The shirt was perfect. Plain and simple. I just partnered it with ripped jeans, a white cap, and white Chucks, a watch, and my rastaclat (any other bracelet will do or none if that’s how you roll).

How could you go wrong with a plain shirt, jeans (ripped or not), and Chucks? That’s right. Never.

Questions? Ask ’em below!