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DUNKS

My first pair of Nike Dunks.

Never thought I’d own one coz I never thought of buying one. I didn’t actually buy this, my parents did during their trip to Singapore. Mom messaged and she was like, “Would you wear something like this? (She sent a pic)” and I said, “Yeah” or something like that.

The design is unique and fresh. First pair and it stands out in the crowd.

I did a bit of research on the pair and I believe it is the, Nike Dunk Low “Baseball Pack” MLB Oakland A’s, from 2006.

Not much to be said about this pair, I just wanted to show you what I just got recently.

It’s made mostly of leather, some stitching designs on the side just like a baseball or a catching glove/mit (whatever you call it, I don’t play baseball), baseball bats design on the tongue, and the sole is the same as the Jordan 1 and the Air Force 1.

That’s about it. I just wanted to showcase what I copped. Comment down below if you have any questions or you just wanna say something.

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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.

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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.

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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!