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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!

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 Derrickā€™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)