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I tried something new

I tried wearing a button down short sleeved top. I don’t do this. It’s not my thing. But for the sake of trying something different, what the heck.

It felt nice and fresh to try something I wasn’t used to. In my opinion, the outfit looked great.

I was actually inpired by one of Mikyle Quizon‘s OOTDs and decided to just try it out (and do a rip-off version of it hahaha) and see how it goes.

Have you tried something new and different? Whether it be a small feat like with what I did here, or a big one, try stepping out of your comfort zone.

TOP: Levi’s short sleeved shirt, Plain white inner tee

BOTTOM: Penshoppe distressed jeans

SNEAKERS: Adidas PureBoost

CAP: Supreme embossed 6-panel

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2018 SNEAKER PICKUPS

BLESSED.

This year, the Shoe God has been great to me. I want to share with you guys every single pair that I copped this year.

  • 1.) First up, the Maz Brasil in the Red and White colorway.
  • 2.) NEW BALANCE 373 in the Red/White colorway
  • 3.) Nike Flyknit Trainer 2017 ‘Sunset Tint’ colorway

  • 4.) Vans Old Skool “NUDE”

    5.) BATA X STAR WARS limited edition collab (stormtrooper tennis shoes variant)

    6.) Nike DUNKS low X MLB Oakland A’s ‘Baseball Pack’

    7.) Nike Air Presto in the Black/White colorway

    8.) Adidas ZX Flux X Italia Independent ‘Core Navy’

    9.) Chuck Taylor All-Stars in the Blue/White colorway

    10.) Nike Air More Uptempo in the White/Gumsole colorway

    11.) Adidas Pureboost 2017 in the White colorway

    12.) Air Max 98 SE Team Red colorway

    13.) Jordan Legacy 312 ‘Rookie of the Year’ colorway

    If you’re wondering, yes, I have used all these. I have worn each and every one of them for a substantial amount of time. I know I have a lot of pairs, and I tend to use the new ones a lot more coz why not, but I still love using my older and more broken in pairs.

    Out of all of these, I’d have to say the Air Max would have to be my most favourite cop, so far. I’ve always wanted a pair of those and now I got one.

    I might lie low from the sneaker scene this coming year, I don’t know yet. I also said that last year and look at where that got me. I never thought I’d have this much shoes in my life. Too much sauce this year (which depends on whether you like my taste in shoes or not. I really don’t care tbh).

    Lastly, one more thing I really got to learn this year is that, never ever go with the hype unless you truly want it. Never let anyone try to even persuade you not to get that one sneaker you want just because it isn’t their style. Cop it. Buy it. Trade for it. As my good friend once said, DO YOU.

    And with that, what were your 2018 sneaker cops? Lemme know down below! Top 5 sneaker rotation for last year in the next post! See ya!

    BOOST

    Boost for days.

    I’ve tried different cushioning setups. I’ve had some good ones. I’ve had some bad ones. But none of them as comfortable as Boost. Don’t get me wrong, some of you might prefer the Bounce cushioning (also by Adidas), some of you might prefer Zoom, Air (by Nike), or plainly a different setup.

    I have tried Boost on my D-Rose 5 (semi full length/ can’t fully feel it that much), and my John Wall 2s (heel part only), but nothing compared to when I tried using the Pure Boost 2017 with it’s full length Boost setup.

    I copped the white colorway coz it’s so clean and hella sick.

    Nothing fancy. Plain and simple.

    You can see the arch support on the inner side of the pair.

    The upper is made of circular knit. It’s a bit stiffer than Primeknit or Flyknit but, it’s still soft compared to most materials out there on other pairs.

    On the inside, there’s an internal heel padding for added comfort. There’s also those things on the outside which are for external heel ventilation (which I think acts like a TPU heel counter as well).

    As you can see, there is no insole. That’s just a thin layer of fabric inside so that you could feel the cushioning better.

    The Lacing was inspired by the Yeezy 350 and 750.

    IS IT WORTH IT?

    100% YES.

    Hands down the most comfortable pair I’ve ever had.

    PRICE:

    PHP 6,500/ USD 122

    (I got this at a discounted price of PHP 3,900/ USD 73)

    Even if it wasn’t on sale, the regular price isn’t as bad as it sounds when it comes to sneakers these days.

    Thoughts on the Pure Boost 2017? Leave ’em down below!

    The Adidas J Wall 2 Boost Primeknit (PERFORMANCE REVIEW)

    IT SUCKS!

    Did that get your attention? Yes? Good. Because it really doesn’t suck. I was just messing with ya’ll.

    The J Wall 2 Boost Primeknit (All White/Triple White colorway) was supposed to be part of the All Star Weekend special releases. Apparently, they didn’t drop. What we got instead was the Aurora Borealis colorway (which in my opinion, sucks, compared to this all white colorway).

    Who can ever go wrong with all white? No one can. But, if you like the aurora colorway, I won’t judge. To each his own, right? 

    Just to get this out of the way, this pair is GLOW IN THE DARK!

    See? Sorry for the low quality post! Kinda hard to take a picture of it in the dark.

    Anyway, let’s get on to the review.

    Let’s start with the TRACTION.

    The traction pattern is just a basic blade pattern on the forefoot. Provides decent grip on the floor while running. BUT. The court I played on was dusty. Lots and lots of wiping were needed. It was as if I was on skates. On some parts of the court that weren’t dusty, grip was just great. From the mid-heel area, the soles are made from translucent rubber with an outward directional pattern in which I had no issues with slipping whatsoever.

    TRACTION: 7-8 (I have yet to try them on a clean court)

    FIT/SIZING/LACING:

    As for the sizing of the shoes, I am a size 11 but the pair that I got was 10.5 and it was a perfect fit with no problems of it being uncomfortable. My feet are not wide so maybe the sizing may vary on the type of feet that you have.

    As for the fit of the shoes, if you have the right size, the fit would be great. There was this instance that while I was running, the laces suddenly loosened up. Maybe it was just me not lacing them up properly. Other than that, the shoes fit well and it’s awfully snug.

    Lacing? Nothing spectacular with the lacing. It gets the job done of holding down your feet in place. You have to tighten em up every now and then to keep ’em tight tho.

    MATERIAL:

    PRIMEKNIT. IS. A. BEAST.

    YES. IT. IS.

    The shoes does offer a lot of parts with Primeknit but not the entire shoes.

    On the medial side of the shoes, part of it is synthetic leather (I think). I actually prefer that more than just plain Primeknit because it offers more support and stability when moving.

    On the outer side, its composed of Primeknit with a layer of padding underneath it to provide it with a bit more structure but don’t worry! It doesn’t remove the flexibility of the shoes.

    The toe box has plain Primeknit with a bit of fuse on the sides. The toe box is comfortable as hell. Flexibility and mobility is a solid 10 for me.

    SUPPORT:

    The main support of the shoes is this hard plastic TPU that gets the job done. It aint uncomfortable in anyway. The Tongue is very thick but soft at the same time which compliments the TPU which keeps your feet in place with no problem at all.

    Your movement will not be hindered by anything at all. You can move from left to right or in any direction without worrying about anything in the ankle collar bothering your ankles.

    As for ankle support (for those afraid to get injured like me), no worries. This pair has got you covered. Just don’t do anything that might really injure you. The support is there to protect you from twisting your ankles and from bending to much. It is NOT idiot proof.

    CUSHIONING:

    Boost in the heel section.

    • Intense comfort
    • Helps with absorbing impact from jumping, running, and rebounding.

    Adiprene+ in the mid and forefoot.

    • Amazing court feel
    • Takes time to break in
    • Hard at first but becomes comfortable after using it a couple of times.
    • Stiff at first

    VENTILATION:

    This would be the biggest drawback in this pair.

    It is very hot. Not hot as in, “Damn those shoes are hot” but literally. It doesn’t seem to be breathable. At all. Maybe a bit but not so much. I almost had cramps but good thing it didn’t happen.

    After the first game, my feet didn’t feel as hot as it was in the first game but it was still hot.

    I basically have nothing good to say about this pair’s ventilation.

    OVERALL:

    I give this pair a solid 7-8/10.

    Compared to the D Rose 5, I still prefer that than the Wall 2. Don’t get me wrong, I love this pair because of the comfort that it gives.

    Do I suggest that you get this pair? Well, if you love the Crazylight boost 2015, then you’d love this pair. It’s a vary decent pair indeed. Just don’t play in it outdoors if you wanna save the sole of the shoes.

    That’s about it. If you have any questions about this pair, cooment down 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!