It was out first time at a Nike Employee Store in Singapore, so we’re glad to say that the experience was excellent! Kayo Cosio unboxes and gives an in-hand review of a fresh design: the Nike Drop Type from the N.354 collection or pack. It’s our second shoe from the N.354 pack and Kayo discusses how the Drop Type is inherits several aesthetic elements from Nike Street Wear collaborators like Virgil Abloh’s Off-White (The Ten Collection) and the Nike Sacai Blazer.
After missing out on the Travis Scott Air Force One, we ended up picking up this brand new Nike silhouette on the SNKRS section of nike.com/ph. First time to get a pair off the website, so we’re glad to say that the experience was excellent! Kayo Cosio unboxes and gives an in-hand review of the fresh design. There will be a longer “life-test” video (shouts to Foamer Simpson and Young Buckets Esquire) as Kayo takes this new shoe up into the Philippine mountains to hunt coffee trees in the rainforest. Be sure to subscribe to get that video when it drops.
What do you think of this new Nike React Type-GTX? Does it maybe have a little bit of a Yeezy 700 vibe?
Then, after 2 weeks, Kayo took the Nike React Typre GTX to 1700 Meters Above Sea Level! Will the gore-tex hold up in the sticky and slippery mud of the misty mountains of the Philippine rain forest in Nueva Vizcaya? We get to test the shoe in conditions it really wasn’t built for. How will it perform?
Do you have one of these sneakers? How hard have you pushed them?
Join us for a free panel discussion, this Sunday in Eastwood City. The panel talk is moderated by adjima.com editor in chief and master planner Kayo Cosio. On the panel are filipino designers, performers, and entrepreneurs to discuss connecting with your message through fashion and design in the streetwear arena.
Here we have experts in design, musicians, and — ultimately — entrepreneurs who will be discussing how to communicate your message through fashion whether it be through curation, personal style, or design process.
The panel will be a part of PopExpo, a whole day celebrating different aspects of pop culture in today’s world. This sub event starts at 3pm at the PopExpo2019 Main Stage.
Air Yeezy 2 Red October Vibes, or is that just me? Actually, now that I have it in hand, the Kyrie 6 Pre-Heat “Manila” is actually more of a deep orange than it is the red hue that it seems to come across as in other photos. But do you get what I mean? That bumpy heel section and midfoot strap, it really does remind me of that famous Kanye collab with Nike.
It really raises the question about performance shoes not being for “lifestyle” anymore. Because this is both, and still a classic Kyrie model. The toe is round and has fuse overlay protection for toe-drags and other guard position movements. Zoom Air unit in the forefoot and a firm heel counter to keep you locked in. Of course, Irving’s all-seeing eye is present across the entire design, and there are subtle nods to his philosophy, with tiny text embroidered in the tongue reading “humble” on one foot, and “hungry on the other. But I 100% think that this would look great wearing them casually with jeans! I just shot an episode of our YouTube show, Opening Act for adjima.com, where I’ll be showing it on-foot for lifestyle.
The other thing that really becomes apparent in hand is how interesting the lenticular panels of this design are. Swipe to the end to see the videos. In this Manila colorway, this area is supposed to pay tribute to Manila’s streetball courts, so it has a very “barangay court” vibe to the graphic underlay. I would say that the lenticular on this particular Kyrie 6 is done exceptionally well.
True to size? I’m not sure. I got a size 9, but that’s only because the shoe is limited and that’s all that was available for me. But on foot, they fit fine. Especially compared to my size 9.5 PG3 “NASA,” which at first were almost too snug in the arch until I broke them in. The Kyrie 6 has a nice distribution of tension across the entire foot and I do feel like this would be a shoe that responds well to quick movements. The minor concern I have about going a size down is aesthetically, the midfoot strap not going all the way down bothers me a bit.
Watch my entire unboxing and review here:
Thanks to Nike for sending this shoe over. If you want a pair, they are limited and are only releasing in Nike Park Fort and in Titan. They drop on 11/11, which is “Singles Day.”
— Kayo Cosio, Editor in Chief.
Yes, it’s the AirMax 720s again. But these ones are an unreleased colorway and they’re customized… kinda. The aurora green kicks that were gifted to Kayo and appear on today’s special edition of OPENING ACT are clearly not a stock version. As he unboxes them you can instantly tell that something happened to them, but the question is whether they’ve been ruined or improved.
It can be tough to choose among your favorites, but sometimes you have to. For today’s OPENING ACT, Kayo pits his two highest-rated sneakers—Nike’s Air Vapormax 2019 and the AirMax 720—against each other in an attempt to pick an all-out winner.
Today’s OPENING ACT is an anniversary of sorts, marking Kayo’s return to his roots. We feature the Nike AirMax 720s, which was the same sneaker he used for his first-ever unboxing. And it’s a sneaker that held up well after extensive wear: “I’d wear it a couple of days every week, and I have a lot of shoes, so that says a lot.”
Today we switch things up a bit with OPENING ACT and take a close look at some Star Wars toys. Spolier alert: spoilers everywhere!
Does Kayo have a Star Wars twin?? Not really, but pretty close! K-2SO—the repurposed droid from “Rogue One”—certainly shares a lot in common with Kayo: “I see a lot of myself in his personality. Even his look; he’s bald and has dark skin… That’s why this is the second K-2SO I’ve gotten as a gift.” This particular K-2SO toy is a Funko Pop! bobblehead exclusive from New York Comic Con.
As a follow up to our recent Epic Phantom React unboxing, this week’s OPENING ACT features the vibrant Jerry Lorenzo and Nike Fear of God Ones in a limited orange pulse colorway. “The whole thing is just shouting orange, it’s a really bright color. It looks like an orange creamsicle,” jokes Adjima’s head-honcho Kayo Cosio. But their loudness is part of the appeal. “I have a habit of liking shoes that are not for everyone. My wife is actually saying that I own too many bright orange shoes now. But she loves Fear Of God and Jerry Lorenzo, so I think she’s OK with these ones. I was nervous buying these because I know some guys who bought them and have a hard time wearing them because they’re hard to pair with pants. I wanted the challenge though. So follow me on Instagram and if I look stupid just let me know.”
If you want to turn people’s heads, combining art, sneaker culture, and basketball is a great place to start. Throw in some PBA stars and make it all benefit a good cause and it’s a wrap. At Secret Fresh today you can catch the resulting mix in all its glory, organized by local stalwart Quiccs (who’s also releasing a new merch drop and sneaker sculpture) and star baller Gabe Norwood. “I’m just a little overwhelmed, to be honest,” says Norwood of the night’s turn out. “We just wanted to build the bridge between art and basketball and give back in the process.”