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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!

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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!

    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!

    Lebron 13 “Black Lion” Review

    It made me love Zoom.

    Not Zoom from the Flash TV show but the cushioning from Nike. We’ll get to that in just a while.
    I couldn’t really compare it to any other pair except for my D ROSE 5 and my Adidas Crazy Fast 2 (which I just use outdoors). I’ll just do comparisons for you and I’ll tell you what I like about the 13 and what I don’t.

    First, a quick tech breakdown:

    1. Hyperfuse Mesh Upper
    2. Hyperposite Pieces
    3. Hexagonal Zoom Air units in the sole.
    4. Phylon Material for the midsole.
    5. Outsole is made of anthracite or Gum Soles.

    Check out this video of mine for better details:

    Let’s start with the review.

    Traction:

    There are little triangular pattern shapes on the bottom/inner part of the sole where there are no zoom units and multi directional line patterns on the protruding zoom units. 

    There’s nothing that I don’t like about it. That’s the problem. The shoe grips the floor perfectly. No slipping whatsoever. One quick wipe every now and then is all that you need.

    (Rating: 4/5)

    Support:

    As for the support, I really loved the segmented Hyperposite pieces on different areas of the shoe. 

    They do not hinder your movement while playing. Thank God for that. They give you enough support and a good fit without sacrificing your range of movement and mobility.

    In comparison with the D Rose 5’s Support/Ankle Collar, I think that the 5’s are better. Your movement with the 5 is a bit more fluid and smooth since the ankle collar is made of soft yet sturdy and durable rubber-like material.

    Also, there’s this arch support/shank below the shoe:

    As with other reviews, if you have a high foot arch, your foot will scrape the top of the inner part of the shoe and it will be uncomfortable. I ain’t got no problem with that, I don’t have a high foot arch to start with.

    (Rating: 4/5)

    Lockdown/Fit:

    I’ve been playing with this pair for 3-4 times already and so far, no issues with the lockdown yet.

    The dynamic flywire helps in locking down your feet without the unpleasant feeling you get when you tighten your shoelaces too much. This way, it gives you a good lockdown and a snug fit.

    One thing I do NOT like at all is this extra Hyperposite piece on the forefoot.

    I mean, it doesn’t really bother you but it is irritating. You could feel it pressing against your foot when you’re running, jumping, abruptly stopping from running, and so on and so forth. Others may not have a problem with it but it does bug me.

    (Rating: 3.5-4/5)

    Cushioning:

    This is what I really LOVE.

    Cushioning set up was on point.

    Midsole is made up of Phylon and the outsole is made up of anthracite or gumsole with segmented and strategically placed Zoom Air Units.

    Midsole:

    Outsole:

    So, cushioning.

    Phylon does it job as the shoes’ midsole. It’s not hard on the feet when running or jumping. It’s soft and durable. It’s not too thick for you not to feel the Zoom units that are placed on the outsole. Unlike Boost that is extremely soft, Phylon has this extra bounce to it that compliments the Zoom units’ responsiveness in the shoe.

    Zoom. I am now a big fan of Zoom. I love the responsiveness of the units.

    When rebounding, you could actually feel the large Zoom unit propelling you upwards. It doesn’t make you jump higher, but it does give you a better transition from either standing-jumping or running-jumping and an extra boost upwards.

    The smaller Zoom units in the forefoot are bit harder to notice when playing. But as my friend said, “try to do a lay up, you’ll feel it.” Which was true. It was there but it wasn’t that noticeable.

    (Rating: 3.5-4/5)

    Material/Ventilation:

    Upper is made of Mesh and Hyperfuse material for better durability, better movement, and better ventilation.

    I personally love the mesh and hyperfuse combination. It’s light, it’s soft, and it’s easier to move. It won’t crease when you bend.

    As for ventilation, it was below par. My feet were starting to feel really hot, not to the point where it starts to sweat crazily, but it was a bit uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong, I love the shoes and I don’t think the ventilation ruined this pair but I just think that they could’ve done better.

    (Material Rating: 4/5)

    (Ventilation Rating: 3/5)

    Overall:

    I love the shoes. There were some things that I thought they should’ve fixed or improved like the ventilation the extra Hyperposite piece on the forefoot, but other than that, it was all good.

    Also, I’d like to point out that the sizing is pretty much TTS/True to size, length wise. Just try different sizes and get the one you’re comfortable with. 

    I’d give this pair a solid 4/5 rating.

    I recommend that you cop this pair. The Lebron 13 is a must have hoop shoe, especially for big men type of players who come down hard from rebounding, jumping, or even blocking.

    So if you’re looking for a nice pair to hoop in, you know what to get.

    Extra pictures:

    If you have any questions, comment down below and I’ll answer you ASAP.