#ShoesdayTuesday 2/8/2020: Inter Pick-Up



By Gab Canlas - Published March 24, 2020

It’s another week of heat on KOTC Shoesday Tuesday and we’re here to feature some of the best sneakers that graced the hardwood. Remember our first episode of 2020? We go back and ask our ballers of their thoughts on their weapon of choice:

Here's a recap of the kicks featured in the February 8, 2020 edition of #ShoesdayTuesday:


JC Fernandez - MNL Kingpin (KOBE AD NXT 360 FastFix – “Blue Hero”)

1. Considerations in buying a basketball shoe: For me Weight first, then stability and cushion. Idol Lebron, but most of his shoes, mabigat. Favorite Shoe: LeBron 9

2. Pros: Light and comfort

3. Cons: Robotic too futuristic design

Seen on JC Fernandez’ feet are the Kobe AD NXT 360 FF – “Blue Hero”. It features a “snake scale” traction pattern to provide top-tier traction, Nike React + Cushion midsole for plush and responsive cushioning, a one-piece neoprene upper to provide a lightweight fit combined with a rubber cup sole for support. Nike’s patented Fast Fit System is the headliner of this shoe, providing a secure locked down fit with just one pull.

Allen Zabala - MNL Kingpin (KOBE V PROTRO – “CHAOS”)

1. Considerations in buying a basketball shoe: Porma and siyempre idol ko si Kobe.

2. Pros: The colorway and the sole. Very comfortable pang laro.

3. Cons: None. For me ‘pag Kobe shoes maganda talaga eh.

Allen Zabala rocking the recently “pro-tro’ed” (performance retro), Kobe V in the “Chaos” colorway. A classic silhouette sporting a football inspired low cut, TPU-based upper called Skinfuse with first generation Flywire. Old design with new technology, sporting a Cushlon Midsole with Nike Zoom Turbo in the forefoot.


1. Considerations in buying a basketball shoe: I go with the performance and reviews… kung saan mas comfortable ung paa ko when I’m playing and siyempre ung porma na din kung sino NBA player nagsusuot nito.

2. Pros: Yung traction niya and fit sa paa when you’re playing. And at the same time yung mga materials na ginamit sa shoes.

3. Cons: None! Since fan ako ni Kyrie Irving and Spongebob. Rare din yung colorway ng sandy cheeks for Kyrie 2 low. Good ang review at performance ng Kyrie low for balling, nagustuhan ko din colorway niya which is white.

A special collab of the Nike Kyrie Low 2, is what Mark Cruz flexed on the hardwood. The Kyrie Low 2 is a sub-signature line of the Kyrie Series, sporting a lower cut for those looking for more mobility and range of motion. Much like the main signature line, the Kyrie Low 2 boasts excellent traction, a low-profile phylon mid-sole with Heel and Forefoot Zoom Air for a balance of court feel and impact protection, and a textile upper to keep things light while remaining supportive.

Vince Esprescion – Hoyas (KYRIE 6 – “ENLIGHTENMENT”)

1. Considerations in buying a basketball shoe: Kyrie 6 -Softness of heel

2. Pros: Comfortable, provide lot of support

3. Cons: Stability because of the strap.

Not lacking “expression” on court, Vince Esprescion rocked the Nike Kyrie 6 “Enlightenment”. Built for Kyrie’s shifty movements, the Nike Kyrie 6 brings it with GOAT-Like story-telling traction housed in a rounded outsole paired with soft injected phylon and Nike’s Zoom Turbo. Appealing for both off and on-court use, the Kyrie 6 provides a touch of premium with a leather build in the back with soft textile upfront.

JR Puducay – Hoyas (LeBron III – “Midnight Navy”)

1. Considerations in buying a basketball shoe: Kung ano suot ni King James. Idol ko siya kasi pareho kami ng shooting form

2. Pros: Gusto ko makapit yung shoes, easier to do the euro step

3. Cons: Ayaw ko ng mabigat na shoes kasi nakaka bawas sa pagiging high-flyer

Built for the explosive, JR Puducay chose to wear the LeBron III Retro in the “Midnight Navy” Colorway. With a “boot”-like build, the LeBron III Retro features an all-leather build to help explosive players stay supported and in the shoe. The upper sits on a Phylon Midsole with a Full-Length Nike Zoom Air unit encased with a Pebax shell, to keep landings soft, explosive, yet supportive.

JC Mendones – Hoyas (LeBron XVII – “Lakeshow”)

1. Considerations in buying a basketball shoe:Matic sa kin kapag may bago si Lebron yun talaga binibili at ginagamit ko pang basketball.

2. Pros: Comfort, sa Lebron 17 yung Air Max (air sole) unit niya ang pinakagusto ko. Solid yung impact support when jumping.

3. Cons: Yung laces, para sa kin mas ok sana kung velcro straps like nung sa Soldier 10 and 11.

At the forefront of Nike’s latest and greatest, the LeBron XVII was JC Mendones’ weapon of choice. Much like later iterations of LeBron’s Signature line, the Nike LeBron XVII keeps things, light yet supportive, featuring Nike’s new Knitposite (combination of Posite and BattleKnit) for the one piece upper. To compensate for LeBron’s insane stature and athleticism, the Knitposite Upper sits on a phylon carrier with segmented Max Zoom Pods in the forefoot and one of the biggest Air Max Units Nike has ever designed, in the back.

There you have it, our first article for #ShoesdayTuesday. What’s your weapon of choice?