Sunday Sneaks: Retro vibes for the new year
Paul Lintag on Jan 08, 2018 11:32 AM
Kiefer Ravena is bringing heat to the PBA.
There are a lot of shoes out there. Seriously, the current models? There's a ton out in the market.
However, all shoes were not built the same. Some are just better than others.
Some are better to the point that consumers want them back every few years with the same colorways and/or different flavors.
To start the new year right, Sunday Sneaks* takes on some good ol' "retros" that got some reps on the hardwood in the PBA.
Let the good times (and shoes) roll.
*Sunday Sneaks on a Monday ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Counting the original Hyperdunk, Kobe Bryant is 15 shoes deep into his signature line with Nike.
However, he had an incredible run in the middle of that that elevated his line to legend status.
The Zoom Kobe 6 is included in that run where Kobe's shoes just went low and combined great aesthetics with premium performance.
A favorite of super rookie Kiefer Ravena since its release, the Kobe 6 FTB Manila has made its way to the PBA via the Phenom.
Release as part of the Fade to Black pack just before Bryant's final game in the NBA, this Kobe 6 gets the "Manila" city tag because it's the model the Mamba wore in 2011 when he visited the country twice during the lockout season.
This Kobe 6 features a gradient gray finish and is of course highlighted by the synthetic upper with the snake scales impression.
You cannot go wrong with this shoe.
Next is perhaps the most sought-after model in Michael Jordan's signature line that already has 32 shoes.
There's not much to say about the Jordan 11 because we talked about it a lot before.
But RJ Jazul's Jordan 11 "Win like '82" is a beauty. Inspired by MJ's NCAA National Championship win with the UNC Tar Heels back in well... '82, this particular retro released late last year has navy blue in the patent leather to go along with baby blue hits in the branding.
From afar, it also looks like the Jordan 11 Concords, rumored to release this year.
It's not a consolation though if you fail to get your hands on the more classic black and white rendition in 2018 but what that means is that you'll be taking Ws with the Jordan 11.
Finally, Cyrus Baguio's LeBron Soldier 11 is a looker on-court.
Obviously, the model is not a retro but the colorway is. That counts.
Taking hints from the old Air Max 180 from the 1990s, this takedown model from the King himself sports a crisp white upper with hits of racer blue and infrared.
Sometimes you just have to go back to the goold old times for some inspiration.
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