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Legacy

This ain’t from the Don C pack if you were wondering.

As homage to his hometown, Chicago City, Don C named it the Legacy 312, after the city’s area code (312).

Details:

  • The upper is from the “Air Jordan 1” model
  • Midsole-outsole is from the “Air Jordan 3” model
    The strap is from the “Air Alpha Force Low” model
    This model isn’t from the “Don C” pack but from the newer colorways

I knew I wouldn’t be able to cop the Jordan 1 “Rookie of the Year” due to it being eyed by almost all sneakerheads, so I copped the next best thing; The Jordan Legacy 312 “Rookie of the Year”.

Got this at Titan Shangri-La for 7,300 PHP (around 140 USD). No, it wasn’t on sale but it wasn’t that expensive compared to how they price shoes today.
The brown parts of the shoe are made of suede, while the white parts are made of leather.

The body of the shoe, the nylon tongue, and the iconic Air Jordan wings logo are from the Jordan 1 model.

Lace holes, heel tab, and midsole/outsole are from the Jordan 3.

  • Strap is from the Air Alpha Force Low.
  • I will update this post once I’ve worn it enough to break it in just to see if it’s comfortable.

    It’s a solid shoe. The design is great. The feel is awesome (based on trying it out). Price isn’t that bad. While others are hating on the strap, I actually love it, it makes it more unique.

    When there are pros, cons come hand in hand with it. This isn’t for everybody. It’s a really bulky shoe. It’s on the heavy side. I’m pretty sure it’s going to take a long time to break this in.

    Overall, while it may not be for everyone, it is still a damn good pair at a fairly decent price point. For those wanting this pair, cop it while you can. For those who aren’t fans of these kicks, you aren’t missing out on a lot.
    I have one more new pair that I copped the same time I got these shoes, but that’s for a different post.

    Comment your thoughts down below! See you on the next post!

    MORE AIR

    It’s actually Air More, but you get the point.

    Finally was able to get my hands on a classic pair that was on sale (fortunately). It’s not an OG colorway but it’s beautiful anyway. It’s a classic pair that is well known because Scottie Pippen used to rock these on court. Nowadays, it’s used mainly off court.

    Just your typical Nike box, nothing fancy.

    I got the White/Gum sole colorway (as you can see).

  • • White leather upper, even on the letterings.
  • • Full length Air Midsole.
  • • Pull tabs in the heel area

    • Thick gum sole/outsole

    • Elastic bands work perfectly (for me) if you go half a size down so that even if you decide to go loose laced, it still fits your feet perfectly.

    It’s a solid shoe. Hands down. I mean, I wouldn’t buy a pair that I don’t like. I ain’t like that. I personally won’t use it for hooping, that’s for sure. I know it’s a basketball shoe, but it is NOT COMFORTABLE (for basketball). If you’re using it casually, it’s great. I just don’t think I’d last long on the court with this pair.

    IS IT WORTH BUYING?

    If you’re into retro/old school shoes, YES.

    For hooping? Solid NO. But that’s my opinion. If you feel like you can use these on the court, by all means, go ahead. It can get pretty hot though.

    I got this pair for, PHP 7,500 (USD 141) and it was on sale. The price is usually around PHP 8,500-9,000 (USD 160-170).

    If you guys like (or love) collecting cool looking sneakers, OG retros, hyped up kicks, I recommend going to Got Goods (the address is in the link).

    That’s it for today, leave your thoughts in the comments section 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.

    KYRIE 3 X DAME 3

    SHOE REVIEWS ARE BACK.

    BATTLE OF THE POINT GUARDS EDITION.

    After not being able to post any reviews of shoes due to not being able to get new ones earlier, I’m back with TWO new reviews! Yep, TWO NEW SHOES.

    Thanks to Titan Circuit Makati (click there to see all the products they have on sale) and their very accommodating staff, I was able to cop the KYRIE 3 “White Chrome” and the DAME 3 “USA

    I have yet to try these bad boys out but as soon as I can, imma update you guys.

    Follow me on Instagram so you can see if I’ve posted on my stories about my initial thoughts on the shoes (@ralphdreyfus).

    For the meantime, I’m gonna put up my initial thought reviews on each of these guys till I put up my actual performance reviews. 

    Comments? Leave em down below!

    Socks

    Socks + Your game = Does it make a difference? 

    For me? Yes. It does. How? Let me explain. 

    When you’re on the court and it’s starting to heat up (literally), your whole body starts to sweat. Including your feet. You don’t want your feet to sweat, it feels uncomfortable. That’s where the socks come in. These aren’t your ordinary socks. These are basketball socks that are made to prevent sweat from interfering with your game. 

    There are tons of basketball socks out there, but I’ll be talking about the ones I use when playing.

    • Nike HyperElite Socks:

    A. Comfort-  3.5 out of 5. 

    B. Fit- 5 out of 5

    C. Ventilation- 2.5/3 out of 5

    Overall- It could have been the best if it wasn’t for the ventilation of the socks. To me, that was the problem. I don’t know if you guys have the same problem, but I certainly thought that they could have made some adjustments to make it a bit better. 

    • Adidas Team Speed Traxion Crew Socks:

    A. Comfort- 4 out of 5

    B. Fit- 3.5 out of 5

    C. Ventilation- 4.5 out of 5

    Overall- The ventilation was better than the HyperElite’s but the fit was not as good. I like socks that are tight around your feet and legs.

    • OBBO Tempo Socks:

    A. Comfort- 4.5 out of 5

    B. Fit- 3 out of 5

    C. Ventilation- 4 out of 5

    Overall- Comfort was really good but it did lack a whole lot in the fit department. Ventilation was above average. It’s just the fit man, c’mon. 

    Total overall: I prefer the Adidas Team Speed Traxion Crew Socks. It’s comfy and snug and provides good ventilation. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t buy the other socks, it still depends on what is more comfortable for you. 

    (Header Photo not mine. Courtesy of google)

    Tell me what you think by commenting below.

    D’Rose 6 First Impressions

    The D’Rose 6. Man. A lot of things are going through my mind right now. It’s like a 50/50 for me.

    Honestly, aesthetically, it’s a no for me. I mean come on Adidas! You can do better than that! Right? The straps for the better fit and heel lockdown? I honestly don’t know. I think I dig it but at the same time, I also don’t.

    Performance wise? The D’Rose 5 was great. I should know. If you wanna check that out, check it out here. Going back, the D’Rose 6 won’t fail to impress. Performance wise that is.

    “The adidas D Rose 6 Boost, featuring forefoot and heel boost for maximum energy return and comfort.

    The D Rose 6 has a bold, rugged FITFRAME heel cage and straps that are constructed to deliver an adaptive fit and represent Derrick’s countless hours spent in the gym. A herringbone traction pattern, inspired by woodgrain textures and design, adds optimum grip for drives to the basket.”
    Check out the pics here:

    Look at that amount of boost! That better improve the performance of players who buy this pair! Full length boost is the way to go! 

    I’m still hesitant on buying the 6. Why? I still need to wait for reviews from either KickGenius or Jacques Slade. I could also just wait for it to go on sale like what I did with the 5. 

    What do you guys think about the D’Rose 6? Some of you guys might even have it already. If you do, let me know what you think of it by hitting up comment section below!

    If I get my hands on the 6 anytime soon, expect a review.
    (I’ve seen the D’Rose 6 review of KickGenius, and I’m kinda starting to like it, but still not enough to buy a pair.)

    (Photos courtesy of: solecollector.com)

    (Header photo courtesy of: drosehoops.com)

    D Rose 5 “Bad Dreams” SNEAKER REVIEW

    I’m a bit late. I know. The “Bad Dreams” Collection by Adidas was released in December last year (2014).

    The “Bad Dreams” Collection by Adidas was released last December 12, 2014. The shoes included in this collection are the D Rose 5, J Wall 1, Crazylight Boost, and the Crazy 8 II. Each shoe has the same gimmick. It glows in the dark. Yep, it glows in the dark. Not really a big factor to the shoes since you wouldn’t be playing in the dark.

    To some of you who have already read reviews of the D Rose 5, this is for those who have not yet seen the reviews and want a nice pair of kicks to ball with. 

    On to the review.

    Here’s the top view of the box. Nothing special. Just the traditional 3 stripes and Rose’s logo. 

    The flap is just plain black, but the body of the box has a crimson and bright red color.

    Side of the box containing the details of the shoes. I’m a size 11, but I had to choose a bigger size since the size 11 was too fit on my feet that it was already uncomfortable.

    When you open the box, the shoes are covered in plain black paper. 

    When you finally remove the shoes from the box, this is what it looks like.

    The shoes’ fabric cannot be washed or brushed ’cause it might damage the material. 

    For the design, it has these thin white stripes that run in different directions. The base fabric has a bluish color that is somewhat close to gray. The texture is pretty smooth and not rough. 

    The laces have this simple black and white design with a zigzag pattern and red aglets. It’s not too thick to bother the player while playing and not too thin that it won’t tighten as much. 

    At the base of the tongue, Rose’s jersey number,1, is shown. 

    Behind the tongue, there’s this design with roman numerals. I honestly don’t know what that stands for but it does look cool.

    The logo of Rose has been molded on to the back of the shoes.

    PERFORMANCE:

    1. Traction: 

    The traction is great. I’ve only tried this once indoor and it was wonderful. No slipping whatsoever. Just don’t get it too dusty, but if you do, just wipe it off and you’ll be good to go!

    The sole is composed of three components for the heel, mid, and forefoot. 

    The heel has a 3 stripe design with the middle stripe having tiny squares and the other two stripes also having tiny squares but in a downward design. The forefoot has a wavy pattern while the mid area has a diamond shaped pattern; The different patterns on the sole of the shoes help the player move better in different directions.

    2. Support:

    When it comes to support, I always want something that can help in protecting my ankles. The D Rose 5 helps protect my ankles and not reduce the movement when I’m switching directions. 

    The inner part of the shoe has this small cushioning for your ankles that gives you a bit of comfort while playing.

    The heel lockdown provides enough security for your heel when running and doesn’t hinder your movement when changing directions unlike the Nike Hyperdunk 2015 where the heel lockdown is too stiff and hard that it’s already too uncomfortable. 

    For the fit of the shoe, well, it’s great. Not too tight. Just right. It’s the right kind of tight that the shoe is still responsive when moving.

    Also, as seen in the previous picture, you could see a black x-like support underneath the translucent soles. That is the torsion system. What does it do? Well, according to complex.com, this is what it does:

    -“A thermoplastic arch support designed to allow the forefoot and rearfoot to move independently and adapt to running surfaces without straining the foot through excess motion. Torsion excels by allowing the midfoot to naturally adjust to the ground and offering high levels of support and stability which are suitable for a range of sports.

    How does it work? Think of the Torsion System as a lightweight bridge between the forefoot and heel. By supporting the midfoot, Torsion System serves as a platform which helps to combat improper flexing of the arch. This is beneficial for protection, fit, and control during strides and movements. The result is a smooth heel-to-toe transition.”

    True enough, it does have a smooth heel-to-toe transition. 

    3. Cushioning:

     BOOST. THE BOOST IS EXCELLENT.

    The whole sole of the shoe has the full length Adidas boost or also know as the TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane). 

    The boost technology provides comfort and responsiveness while playing. During the time I used this, I could really feel the boost working because I could feel my feet being pushed forward either while running or jumping. The boost foam also softens the landing of your feet when coming from a rebound or anything that involves jumping. 

    4. VENTILATION:

    Not the worst but certainly not the best. My Adidas Crazy Fast 2 has better ventilation than this. Seriously. They could have done a better job on giving this more ventilation without sacrificing the looks or the performance. 

    OVERALL:

    This is a great shoe. A really great shoe. I do recommend picking up a D Rose 5, especially now that the D Rose 6 is coming out and that would mean that the Rose 5 would become much cheaper. For those having second thoughts about this shoe, I hope this helps you in making a decision. 

    Thanks to soleshift.com for helping me review this pair of kick. Without your spot on review, I wouldn’t have known some of the details about this pair. 

    If you guys want to wear this when going out and are having second thoughts, check out my previous post

    You guys could cop this pair at the NBA Store at Glorietta 4 or at the newly opened NBA Store at SM Megamall.

    Let me know what you think about the D Rose 5 by hitting up the comment section below! Thanks guys!