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VANS 50th ANNIVERSARY STICKER PACK

Damn. They look so good. 

My first ever Vans and I got this bad boy. 

My parents bought this in Europe a while back during their trip there. As far as I know, you won’t be able to find this pair for sale here in the Philippines unless it’s from resellers. 

The box is a bit worn out but it’s just your typical Vans box. Nothing too special.

The toe box and heel area have this navy blue suede material. The body is just your typical material, I’m just not sure if it’s canvas.

The design is by BEHANCE and this is why they chose this style:

“Stickers are one of the most iconic items in skateboard culture. 

Every skater has its own sticker collection. Every board, every skate shop It´s full of stickers. 

For my Vans 50th anniversary pack I wanted to bring back all this sticker culture with a print built with real vintage Vans stickers and using it in the most iconic Vans siluetes like the Sk8 Hi, Oldskool and Authentic”

The sole is still the classic gum sole with honey comb pattern that every Old Skool and Sk8-Hi has.

You can basically pair this with any outfit. Besides my Chuck Taylor’s, this pair is my second favorite go to kicks at the moment.

It’s the same with Chuck’s. You can’t go wrong with Old Skool’s.

What do you guys think? Let me know below!

#OOTD PART 4 (BOMBER) 

I literally have had this thing or fascination with bomber jackets for quite a while already but I just wasn’t able to grab one. Maybe because it was a tad bit expensive? Yeah probably that. 

Luckily, my folks got me 2 bombers (and other clothes) from their trip to Milan. I’ve been wanting a jacket for months already and now, not only did I get one, I got two! Patience truly is a virtue for this was really worth the wait.
MOVING ON.

I really wanted to rock my new jackets (and other new clothes) as soon as possible! Fortunately for me, we watched “Spider-Man: Homecoming” just the other night. Perfect opportunity.
I decided to rock the Navy blue bomber with a plain black shirt, a white pair of shorts (It’s dri-fit as well!), a white-strapped watch, a bracelet, and a pair of Vans Old Skool. 

And that part I forgot to mention, I also got new Vans (Old Skool mids).
The Vans that I got was a 50th Anniversary edition or either for the Summer/Spring collection I think? I haven’t done my research on them yet but that’s what the people at Vans told my folks when they got it. I’ll just have to take their word for it.

I’ll put up a review of the shoes as well soon.

The outfit is plain, simple, and yet, it stands out. It has a bit of that classy/preppy vibe to it as well.

Tell me what you think of this outfit down below!

Jacket: H&M (L.O.G.G.)

Shirt: Generic plain black shirt

Shorts: White Kappa Dri-fit shorts

Shoes: Vans Old Skool Mid (Stickers)

#OOTD PART 3

This isn’t so much of an OOTD. No one was there to take pictures of me.

Except for my sister.

Wrong choice.

Damn it.

My sister isn’t good with taking pictures. She isn’t fond of OOTD’s as well, but I had no other choice. I gave her instructions and… she took pictures of herself on my phone (I’ll put those pics on a separate post). 

This was the only decent pic that she took (plus editing).

I decided to do a flat lay instead.

Plain dark blue v-neck, partnered with gray sweatshorts that stop a bit above the knee, white chucks, a white pair of Nike crew socks, a watch, and a bracelet if you want. The socks are optional if you’re not a fan of high socks. 

This kind of style or outfit is usually what I wear when I go to school since it’s easy to put together, especially for a guy who’s usually too lazy to dress up in the morning. 

You could also trade the top for a white shirt like this,

Comments? You know where to put them! 

J12? Curry 1?

Just today I went to a mall’s department store and was looking at the shoes section and I, along with my sister, stumbled upon this very eye catching pair.


I actually thought they were selling Jordan 12’s! They also had the White/Black colorway. My God. These are ripoffs! So bad dude. I mean, WHAT THE HELL?! Fire whoever’s responsible for this! Oh and if you think that’s it? Look at the sole!


Curry 1 soles anyone?

SMH for this pair. For those asking for the brand? Hot Wheels.

That’s all I have to say for this pair. I honestly am just trying to have a good laugh from this. Damn.

Leave your comments below!

KOBE MENTALITY 2

I know this has been reviewed far too many times already. But, better late than never. 

BEAST.

TOTAL. BEAST.

EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SHOE IS A BEAST.

  • TRACTION

Herringbone pattern with a somewhat web design and a diamond pattern on the medial side plus a mamba logo at the heel because why not? It’s Kobe’s shoe anyway.

Traction is straight up AMAZING. It actually is just jaw-dropping. No joke. The outsole is really thick and durable.

NO SLIPPING. NO WIPING. NONE WHATSOEVER. 

 

 

(RATING: 10/10)

 

  • CUSHIONING

FULL. LENGTH. LUNARLON.

The shoes feature a full-length drop-in Lunarlon mid-sole. It provides decent impact protection when coming in from rebounds.

The mid-sole provides decent comfort while playing. It certainly isn’t the best but it gets the job done. Court-feel is another great factor that this mid-sole offers.

It certainly isn’t the best cushioning set up (still better than Adiprene/Adiprene+) but it’s pretty decent. Court-feel and comfort are a bit more than average. If you want a better mid-sole for your shoes, swap it with the one from the Kobe 11 (heel Zoom+Lunarlon/full-length Zoom) or the Lebron 11 (heel Zoom+Lunarlon/full-length Zoom).

 

 

(RATING: 7.5/10)

 

  • SUPPORT

As for the support, don’t expect too much. It’s just an internal TPU heel counter that’s small but enough to be noticed and provide decent lockdown.

It’s a low top and they’re basically shoes for training. You can’t really expect too much fancy features. Plus the fact that it’s a budget shoe.

If you aren’t a fan of low tops and are skeptical of the safety of low cut shoes, this isn’t the pair for you. For those who are okay with these kinds of shoes, then you should have no problems at all.

I personally don’t like low tops for the simple reason that I’ve had a bad history with those types of shoes. However, I always told myself I’d make an exception for Kobe shoes.

 

 

(RATING: 5-6/10)

 

  • MATERIALS

The upper is made of Flyweave. Same as the KD 8, except that the 8’s have a softer upper unlike the Mentality’s that feels like it’s been reinforced with plastic (for durability, I guess).

The toebox is reinforced with fuse for it to be stronger and durable espcially for those players who are prone to toe drags while hooping.

 

(RATING: 8/10)

 

  • FIT

Go true-to-size or half a size down (like what I did). I just wanted that snug feeling that’s why I got a 10.5 instead of my usual 11.

 

(RATING: 8/10)

 

  • VENTILATION

Not bad. Not great.

It’s alright. I still think it’s better than the ventilation of the J Wall 2 Boost (which is the worst for me. Second worst is the Lebron 13 but that’s a different story).

It can feel a bit hot and cramped at times but it ain’t always like that.

(RATING: 7/10)

  • LOCKDOWN

The lockdown is good. Not great. Good. It certainly isn’t the worst.

Typical cushioned tongue that goes hand-in-hand with the TPU heel counter that provides a decent lockdown on your feet. No this pair doesn’t offer Flywire for better containment since it’s on the budget shoe line of Nike.

(RATING: 7/10)

  • OVERALL

This is a go-to pair. Solid traction, decent cushioning setup, decent support and lockdown, and all for a decent price. Don’t expect too much, it doesn’t offer anything fancy as I have said a while ago.

If you’re looking for a pair of shoes that you can hoop in indoors and outdoors, go get this pair. It certainly won’t disappoint you.

(OVERALL RATING: 7.5-8/10)

Questions? Comments? You know where to put them.

KD 8 “Hunt’s Hill Night” Performance Review

I’m back.

Yes.

I’m back.

Sorry for the really long hiatus. Just got really lazy to write  and I know that isn’t an excuse. But here I am with a new review of a shoe that isn’t really that new.

Here’s my review of the Nike KD 8 “Hunt’s Hill Night”.

First up.

  • SUPPORT

Let’s start with the heel counter. There’s this HUGE heel counter at the back of the shoes that’s based on the teeth of a Sabretooth. If you guys don’t know what a Sabretooth is, Diego from the animated film “Ice Age’ is a Sabretooth. if you guys don’t know what “Ice Age” is, get a life.

The heel counter provides great support and lockdown. It’s so good that this low top shoe acts as if it were a high top.

I DO NOT LIKE OR LOVE LOW TOP SHOES. NEVER.

except for this pair.

I was always to afraid of using low top shoes because I’m afraid tripping and injuring my ankles (because I honestly have weak ankles). But this pair proved me wrong and actually had me trusting in low top shoes again (depends on the shoes tho).

The inside of the shoes has a decent amount of padding for better lockdown.

  • STABILITY

Its main base is a full length bed of Zoom Air cushioning system that’s flat and plain which actually provides really good stability and also has great heel-to-toe transition while running up and down the floor.

  • TRACTION

The traction pattern is a modified herringbone with a digitized pattern.

The material used on the outsole is soft and not that thick.

So far, I have no issues with slipping yet. Only minimal wiping is needed. Sometimes, it aint even needed anymore.

Like the other reviewers, the rubber on my sole started to fray a bit but not so much because it’s very soft. Just don’t use it outdoors.

Definitely not for outdoor use.

  • FIT

Fit will always be tricky. Always fit the shoes before buying them and not just because your size because not all shoes fit the same.

I got this pair from my girlfriend as a gift. I’m a size 11, the pair she got me is a size 10.5. It actually felt better for me. Snug and tight. No issues on slipping inside the shoes. The tightness isn’t even uncomfortable. Lockdown was so much better.

The flywire at the forefoot helped lockdown my feet even more.

As for the tongue, it aint super thick but not thin either. Enough for it to keep your feet in place and goes hand-in-hand with the heel counter. 

Laces are your typical laces and nothing special or spectacular.

Also, the internal padding makes your feet feel comfortable even while running the floor.

  • MATERIALS

The shoes feature a flyweave upper. The material is very flexible and also form fitting.

The toebox area is reinforced with fuse for more durability. Fuse is also used on the holes of the laces.

The design of the flyweave upper is similar to the traction pattern of the shoes. It has the same digitized pattern.

  • CUSHIONING

FULL. LENGTH. ARTICULATED. ZOOM.

The shoes features a full length bed of Zoom Air units which is articulated in the forefoot for better flexibility without compromising the cushioning of the shoes.

Just like what “nightwing2303” of Weartesters.com said, you can feel the Zoom in the heel. But that’s about it. Not much in the forefoot. The Zoom is reinforced at the sides with extra plastic so that the Zoom wouldnt expand and or compress too much.

  • VENTILATION

Not so much. It may seem as if the flyweave upper gives enough ventilation but it’s nothing compared to flyknit. I don’t have any basketball shoes with flyknit but I do have the Lunar 3’s which is full on flyknit which is amazing. It’s decent. The ventilation isn’t as bad as the lebron 13 or the Jwall 2 primeknit.

  • THOUGHTS

Damn good shoes.

I’d honestly give it an 8/10. Some other people might not agree but it’s one of my go to shoes already. Support and lockdown are the two best features on this pair. Traction is good but I’ve had other shoes with better traction.

Cop this shoe if you want. You won’t be disappointed. Though the reviews for the KD 9 are so much better. But, I haven’t tried those yet so take my word for this pair. Cop it.

That’s it for my review of the KD 8 “Hunt’s Hill Night”. If you have any comments or questions, hit me up below.

Stay tuned for my next shoe review, the “KOBE MENTALITY 2″.

Stay awesome guys!

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!

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.

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)