The year in signature sneakers


FROM TRAE Young to Zion Williamson to Scottie Thompson, it has been a banner year for signature shoe releases. For those who want to hit the city hard, there is a whole range of silhouettes to choose from. And with basketball now officially licensed by the IATF (although you should check with local guidelines with your LGU), now is the best time to flex some new kicks.

We could spend all day talking about all the Air Jordan 1’s and 3’s and 6’s and 11’s that dropped this year – so we’re going to make it easier by narrowing this list down to the most recent iterations of an athlete’s signature shoe. (We’ll make a significant exception to this rule, as you’ll see as you scroll down below.) We also haven’t included shoes that haven’t been widely released in official stores nationwide. (Sorry, Xtep JLin One fans.)

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Jordan Why not? Zer0.4, January 2021

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Fellow Russell Westbrook got another wild entry in his Nike kicking lineup. Flamboyant colors marked the first drops of Why Not? Zer0.4, but as 2021 progressed more subdued colorways became available, including the AJ-inspired “Bred”. Depending on what colourway you get, you’ll get a variety of different textures and materials – but what stays the same is the sturdy dual stack Air Zoom unit… surely a great support for Brodie while he did. his big jump from Washington to LA

Nike PG 5, January 2021

The versatile, nimble low-top has made a comeback with the PG 5. The wavy traction of the Kobe 9 combines with ultra-durable cushioning thanks to the Air Dot Strobel unit, making it a shoe that has its worth. silver. An affordable price, an abundance of sales and a multitude of great colors will make it a staple of the field.

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Under Armor Embiid One, February 2021

While waiting for the official release of Curry 9 here, Under Armor fans will have to make do with Embiid One, which was released in the Philippines on February 1. The TPU wings help lock in your foot, while providing the distinctive design of the pair. characteristics.

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Adidas Harden Vol. 5 Futurenatural, February 2021

The latest Hardens was released in February in the Philippines and immediately caused a stir with its speckled cow coloring. But the platform has proven to be remarkably versatile, with a variety of colorways that come close to traditional designs while staying true to the silhouette’s cutting edge looks. Artist Pinoy Quiccs has also designed his own official version of Harden Vol. 5 called the “Manila Heritage”, which was worn by Harden in Game 3 of their series against the Celtics.

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Nike Kobe 6 Protro ‘Del Sol’, April 2021

Ah, there you go. The only exception to our rule. Why? Because it’s Kobe.

Sentimental value aside, the Kobe Bryant estate sent the sneaker world into a frenzy when Vanessa Bryant and Nike announced on April 20 that the contract between the Swoosh and the late Lakers star would not be extended. Reports added that Kobe’s widow was not happy with the conditions for the extension, as well as frustrated with the overall availability of the shoes.

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ESPN ‘Brian Windhorst reported in November that the succession of Bryant and Nike were still under discussion, but, as of now, no more Kobes are being produced.

The Kobe 6 Protro ‘Del Sol’ fell in the Philippines amid the hubbub and made the demand for these kicks even higher than ever.

Jordan Sion 1, May 2021

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Zion Williamson hasn’t seen much action so far in the season, which took a bit of the shine off his first signature shoes. But praise has been given to his Jumpman kicks, with the buttery padding proving to be its best feature. Like‘s Aeus Reyes wrote in his review: “For players who like to wear tall man’s shoes, I highly recommend it as it gives the same feel without being as bulky to wear.”

Nike KD 14, June 2021

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Straps were a big deal this year. The KD 14 – the latest in Durant’s long line of kicking – brought back the midfoot strap last seen in the KD 7s, but with a smooth arch that ends in the Nike Swoosh. While released to the world in late April, Nike Park Access announced the Philippines’ drop in Nike Fort on June 12.

Nike Zoom Freak 3, July 2021

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The timing of this shoe’s release was impeccable. On the eve of the Milwaukee Bucks’ crowning as new NBA Champions, Nike has announced the release of the latest edition of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s signature kicks. A big change from the Zoom Freak 2, this one notably sports a forefoot strap, as well as technical fabric for breathability. Zoom Air units under the ball of the foot provide responsiveness and cushioning.

Adidas DON number 3, September 2021

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Donovan Mitchell’s latest signature sneakers have toned down the issue 2’s sunburst design and replaced Bounce cushioning with Lighstrike. The graphics printed on the stems allow for some crazy colourways, including a truly unexpected (but welcome) Fresh Prince of Bel-Air collaboration.

Air Jordan 36, September 2021

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The AJ36 uses the Eclipse Plate technology that debuted in the 34s, but with a more discreet profile. There is plenty of padding hidden under the hood, from a full-length Zoom Air strobel to a Zoom Air unit in the forefoot. A jacquard-leno weave not only offers breathability, it also allows designers to incorporate subtle design elements. Jordan Brand endorsers Luka Doncic, Rui Hachimura and Jayson Tatum got their own dedicated EPs.

Adidas Trae Young 1, October 2021

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A slip-on construction, grippy outsole, and some really cool colourways made Trae Young’s first signature shoe a real contender in the signature shoe scene. Boost on the heel and Lightstrike throughout cover you in the cushioning department, while the booty construction wraps securely around your foot, even without the included laces.

Nike LeBron 19, November 2021

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First teased in Space Jam: a new legacy, the LeBron 19 officially released here in mid-November, in Tune Squad’s bright orange colors and a more understated blue and white number. Under the hood there is a royal amount of cushion: Air Max on the back, Zoom Air on the front and lots of air bubbles on the sides and tongue. It also ditches the knit upper for a translucent mesh and features an overlay where the laces move for a more secure fit.

Nike Kyrie 8, November 2021

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Kyrie Irving denied the 8 when they leaked earlier this year, saying he didn’t have any design or marketing input of any kind on the shoes that bear his name. The mercurial superstar added: “IMO, this is garbage.” (Irving then made a very favorable PR statement a few days later.)

Trash or not, Nike is letting buyers decide. It appears to be a refinement of the 7, with soft curves contrasting with the scalloped edges of the latter. The middle panels are more accentuated in this latest edition, promising a more secure fit.

Global Libra Scottie 1, November 2021


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The release of Scottie Thompson’s first signature shoe with World Balance has been marred by a flood of comments regarding the Ginebra star’s love life. However, ignoring all the noise, World Balance is banking on Thompson’s star power to make its mark on the local performance shoe scene, having tested it extensively at two conferences. The Scottie 1 features the brand’s signature S-Ride cushioning, as well as side sway bars and a torsion plate for support.

Anta KT 7, December 2021


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In anticipation of Klay Thompson’s eventual return, the Chinese shoe brand has dropped the latest edition of KTs. The side heel counter forms a large part of the design, descending like a wave from the heel to the midfoot while locking your feet in for added stability. Anta’s full-length, super-thick Nitro Speed ​​cushioning runs all the way down the sole.

Adidas lady 8

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Talk about a buzzerbeater. Adidas Philippines announced the release of the Dame 8 today, December 28, in the purple and yellow colourway “4th Quarter KO”. The Lady line returns to Bounce cushioning, as well as unique traction for more control on the pitch. In terms of design, the relatively understated look of the 7 gets an electric overhaul here, with pops of lightning and the Lady’s name spelled out all over the shaft.

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