Sunday Sneaks: Swoosh with a Pinoy twist

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Which is the better Philippines-inspired shoe, LeBron’s Agimat or the Manila Hyperdunk? Or maybe is it the Kobe Tsinelas that released a few years back?

All of us tend to bring out our best stuff every Sunday right? That’s why they call it Sunday’s best.

We’d like to think that basketball players have that same mentality and end up wearing their best sneakers on a Sunday game.

Well, hopefully they do think that way.

Regardless, to satisfy our sneaker cravings, ABS-CBN Sports will try to make it a weekly thing and feature the very best shoes players wear on a Sunday.

And so, without further ado, here’s the first edition of Sunday Sneaks*.

 

*Sunday Sneaks that will come out every Monday.

For sure this wasn’t planned and all (or maybe it was) but two Gilas Pilipinas standouts wore patriotic shoes Sunday as Rain or Shine took on Star in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.

Gabe Norwood, returning from the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup, rocked the Nike LeBron 14 “Agimat” against the Hotshots.

Now we all know about this pair that released a couple of months back. The Gilas SEABA team got first dibs on this special colorway of the King’s signature shoe.

Featuring an all-blue make up with subtle metallic gold hits, the “Agimat” was a favorite among Pinoy sneakerheads.

The details on the shoe were incredible as well as the LeBron 14 paid tribute to the Philippines by having the words “Para Sa Kadakilaan” in the heel pull tab just to name a few.

Also rocking a Philippines-inspired pair was Star’s Paul Lee.

The Angas ng Tondo chose to go with the recently-released Nike React Hyperdunk low “Manila” which is directly inspired by the now-iconing Tenement court in Taguig.

With a predominantly gray base with orange lining, the Manila Hyperdunk has a special three stars and a sun basketball logo on the heel done in orage.

However, perhaps the best feature of the shoe is the midsole that has a cracked concrete graphic, a nod to how Pinoy ballers take the game to the streets.

So who wore the best sneakers on Sunday? Gabe or Paul?

Better question: which is the better Philippines-inspired shoe, LeBron’s Agimat, the Manila Hyperdunk, or the Kobe Tsinelas that released a few years back?

Let us know and make sure to come back next week.

 


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