It's Week 2 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup. More teams are seeing action and that means more kicks are getting paraded on the court. This week was a battle. It was tough to trim down. But here we are with the top five sneakers of the second week of the conference!
There was a time in basketball when shoes were simply something you needed in order to play. Remember when they weren't sneakers yet? When they were just "rubber shoes?" Who even uses that term anymore? Well now more than ever, sneakers have become a means for expression. You wear certain kicks not only because they're comfortable but also because they represent you. That is why customization is something that has become big. Mo Tautuaa brought out a customized Hyperdunk X designed as a donut in their game against Ginebra. It's fun. It's playful. It's basically Mo.
That's the most effort I've ever put in in typing a sneaker's name. But that's what the new adidas N3XT L3V3L is all about - pushing effort further. This futuristic attack on a performance shoe takes on an unorthodox laceless silhouette. Now the laceless part of it, we've seen in other shoes before. But this one stands out with its style. At first glance, you might not think it's a basketball shoe. But it is and it's a pretty one, too.
Back in 2017, Nike released the Basketball Hyperfam collection. It had six versions of the Hyperdunk that each represent a city that obsessed with the game. One of those, obviously, had to be Manila. The Manila colorway pays tribute to the Tenement street court in Taguig that has become famous, even drawing visits from LeBron James and Paul George. It even features a concrete-like midsole that resembles that of the court in Taguig. Don't worry, it's just the look and not the feel that's concrete-like.
Since his retirement, Nike has slowly introduced the retros of Kobe Bryant's signature line. This year, the brand has been releasing different colorways of one of the best silhouettes in the line - the Kobe 4. The latest colorway is the Carpe Diem which first released in 2008. Mike Cortez was quick to carry it out to the court. He wore it on Sunday as the Blackwater Elite collected win number 4 at the expense of Rain or Shine.
Beau Belga took 'expression of self' to another level with the mismatched shoes that he wore against Blackwater. Beau is underrated when it comes to sneakers, but can bring out some headturners every now and then. He rocked the blue and red of Pilipinas with this mismatched pair. And he was ready with matching socks, too! Don't sleep on Beau if you're looking for the hottest kicks on the court.