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January 2019

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Originally released in 2009, the Janoski SBs received lots of makeovers, from sleek slip-on versions to the flexible Janoski Max. This year, it's ringing in its second decade with yet another alternate take: the Janoski Mid Crafted. This Nike SB Janoski Mid Crafted boasts with a new silhouette that’s more moccasin than a boat shoe. Arriving in two colorways, each shoe features a premium suede upper with a raised stitched seam around the toebox. Other salient features include raw-edged laces, accents that drive home the moccasin stylings, a supple brown leather liner, a cork insole, and a sail midsole. TBA.

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An exact release date has been announced for this NBA x Nike SB collaboration, which is on January 21st. However, we found out that the Nike SB X NBA (Cavs) is now available at Nike UAE.

It looks like it has arrived a bit earlier than first expected, with a drop currently on target for Friday, Jan. 21 at $110. As expected, this shoe is coated in black paint, taking the Nike SB Dunk High Pro NBA to a new level. The paint fades as you skate, revealing a maroon leather upper and a gold Swoosh design trademark—colours inspired by your favorite NBA team - Cavs. AED 559.


Creative “accidents” often yield the best surprises, and sometimes, they even result in coveted sneakers. Earlier this year, when designer Jeff Staple was moving offices, he went on Instagram and posted an early sample of the “Black Pigeon” Nike SB Dunks. The shoe had “test” colors — black, white, and green — which he jokingly compared to a “Panda.” Like wildfire, sneakerheads around the world were begging for the shoe to become a reality.

“I was trying to organize and unpack, but I ended up reminiscing on Instagram, like a history lesson of the culture, because I have so many artifacts,” says Jeff Staple. “I just wrote a funny caption, that I asked for ‘a pigeon not a panda,’ and it blew up.” At first, Staple wasn’t convinced that they should do a “Panda” version. “We had just dropped a dope shoe in November,” he adds. “I was happy to wait another decade.”

Staple changed his mind once he remembered going on the global launch tour for the black “Pigeon” SB Dunk. At the time, he was excited to see the growing sneaker community in China and knew that he wanted to do another tour, in the future, that would start in his motherland—China, and end in his home—New York City. With the panda’s connection to China, and the pigeon’s connection to NYC, everything about a “Panda” SB Dunk seemed to click.

“That rejected sample was actually 80% there,” says Staple. “The ‘Panda’ SB Dunk is the first time that there’s a ‘Pigeon’ shoe without the pink pigeon on it; it has bamboo green instead. We made a collage of the OG newspaper clippings and put them inside a clear outsole. The exterior Swoosh is white, and the interior Swoosh is the OG pigeon gray.”

Additional details include a green insole with a bamboo graphic, and the interior’s “SAMPLE" stamp typically found in early versions is altered to read “STAPLE / NOT FOR RESELL.” All shoes come in the classic pink box. There will also be “Panda” Staple x Nike SB apparel, with various colors exclusive to certain cities.

“This was really the people's champ shoe, in my opinion,” says Staple. “If they didn't essentially ask for this shoe, it wouldn’t have happened. I love that this came from the voice of the people.”



Almost a year ago, Louis Vuitton‘s skate-inspired sneaker was unveiled to the public. Dubbed as the “Zig Zag,” these kicks’ design mirrors details found on the previous skate shoe releases such as the A$AP Rocky x Under Armour SRLo which is said to be inspired by the Osiris D3 2001.

And yes, by the looks of it, these LV skate shoes have a strong resemblance to Osiris’s own Guru model.

The skate shoe-style sneaker features an oversized zigzag pattern along the sides similar to the signature look of the D3 2001. Other salient features include an athletic-minded mid- and outsole, thick/padded tongues, and lots of 90s' vibes. Available in three colorways. $1,175

You're probably here because you've heard of this magical solution called Sole Sauce. What is this Sole Sauce? The sole sauce is a DIY product developed by sneaker enthusiasts to help whiten yellow midsoles.

Does it Work?

Yes, absolutely. There is a reason why so many sneaker enthusiasts talk about Sole Sauce. It actually works. I always find it funny when individuals make videos about Sole Sauce and test it as if saying, "Hey guys, it works." Duh! We already knew that. The real question is, how do you use it.

How does it work?

Sole Sauce's main ingredient is the cream developer which has anti-oxidant properties that when applied, and given a UV source like the sun, will enable the product to remove the yellowing found on sneakers with white midsoles. There is a much more complicated reason behind this, but just understand this:

Sole Sauce + UV (like Sun) + Time = Removes Yellowing

Maybe, you may have seen hundreds of people claiming to have a "magical" sole-sauce solution that only they have and they created. Truth is all of these re-sellers use salon care creme developer. They just mix it with some stuff, re-brand it, and sell it for around 300 pesos for a small bottle :)

Honestly, I have tried various solutions, but based on my experience, mixing stuff with the cream developer will make it less effective than just using it straight out of the bottle.

To prove it to you, see this before and after pic of my Nike SB Nontourage. The midsoles have been whitened by Cream Developer.

Where to get the said developer cream?

You can buy online if you are lazy. But you can get the stuff at Hortaleza, salon, or even at a pharmacy. What I used on my Nontourage is the Hortaleza #12 Developer Cream. This costs me 35 pesos only for the 60ml bottle.

Note: Any brand works. Just look for "Developer Cream" or "Cream Developer" (the higher the number the better it works)

How to Use The Cream Developer To Rewhiten Midsoles

  1. Make sure you have available sunlight in the area you live in. Otherwise, you will need to use an indoor technique.
  2. Apply the developer on the yellow midsoles using a cotton ball. You can use your hands, but please wear gloves. You just need to make sure that you cover the whole surface of the yellow sole.
  3. Prop the shoe, and expose it to the sun for a few hours. 
  4. Wash the sole of the shoe carefully, then let it dry.
  5. Repeat the process, until you're fully satisfied with the results.


Sounds easy so far? If this is your first time doing this, using this Cream Developer can be a bit challenging. Here are some things to be aware of.

Sole Separation

If temperatures are high enough, you will experience sole separation on your shoes. Usually, temperatures above 90 degrees will be enough to cause sole and midsole separation.

Material Degradation

Leaving the whole shoe exposed to the sun for hours will cause UV damage. This causes degradation - it starts to fade, yellow, and break apart. So please make sure to cover the other parts of your shoe.


Quality and speed of results depend on how bad the yellowing was, to begin with. Lightly yellowed midsoles will lighten up in one session. Older, amber yellow midsoles will take a couple of sessions to un-yellow.

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With Lunar New Year just around the corner, Vans has teamed up with Chinese brand Purlicue on a collection of classic Vans silhouettes. Being the Year of the Pig, this collection features the motto "THE FAT YEAR" (a traditional Chinese greeting) and "Laid back not lazy" as the taglines. Including two main colorways, the collection features the Era and Sk8-Hi models revamped with a luscious pink and chocolate colorway in addition to a red and white colorway. Other details include exaggerated laces and "THE FAT YEAR" branding printed on the soles.
The collection will be made available locally SOON! 

I'm glad I came across these Globe Sabres, haven't owned a pair of these for years, seems most skate companies and throwing out boring vulc shoes left and right these adays. I like Globe even more, they brought back the classic "tongueless" design of the Chet IV's, you just slip them on and the airbags/padding hug 360 degrees all around your feet. It's so comfortable, feels almost like you're wearing slippers but they stay on your feet fine regardless of how loose the laces are, exceptionally breathable as well.

Unlike some other Globe styles, the Sabres are true to size. They are very durable!! You can go rock these shoes and wear them into mosh pits and they'd still hold up.  Found this one CCS and it's a great deal. It's a new pair of Globe Sabre in Black Gum colorway. Get them now! $60.

If you're in the Philippines, you can have Johnny air buy these shoes for you, I think you'll pay an extra 2k to have it shipped to your doorsteps. Or, you may sign-up on Kango Express (a much cheaper option - roughly 1K for a pair of shoes).

P.S. - Put my account number is KX001400 in the Referral Field during the registration process, so I'll get 10$ as a referral :)

Osiris Protocol is a simple low-profile cupsole shoe, that has a durable upper with double stitching details throughout for added durability. Built with skateboarding in mind, these skate shoes have an EVA drop in midsole with a cushioned footbed for impact support. It is indeed a versatile pair of shoes to wear on the daily looking great on and off the board. $45.

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Vans Old Skool silhouette is one of the brand’s premier models, due in large part to its skate-ready construction as well as its ability to transition into simple everydayer shoe. Last year, Vans has dropped a nautically-designed Old Skool, called the Vans Old Skool Yacht Club. This shoe features a canvas upper, suede vamp, padded collar, leather lining, Formstripe branding, and waffle outsole. The Slip-On features a canvas upper, padded collar, leather lining, elasticated side panels, and waffle outsole. Today, select sizes under 5 remain available for this shoe at Vans Store for $60.

Enjoy a detailed look below and keep it locked for more skate shoes release information as we have it.

As a part of the Etnies ICON Collection, the Calli-Cut is a re-issue of an iconic style that has been released from the Etnies archive. Staying true to the classics, the Calli-Cut has a mid-puff silhouette with plenty of padding. It features deep multi-directional flex grooves on the forefoot tread with classic double Strobel stitching on the outsole sidewall for durability and a terry visa lining for comfort. $65.

This year, Vans presents the patchwork era that draws inspiration from the traditional quilting technique that was typically found on clothing as a way to mend and repair garments for longevity. This Era has been reimagined with colorful suede and leather patches that implement the sashiko stitching process throughout the whole upper. The Vans Patchwork Era is now available to shop online at Vans! $65.

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Nike SB Dunk Low Porcelain (White/Blue) 2019I

Nike SB has created a special pack called "Porcelain". Slated to release this year, it composed of the iconic Nike SB Dunk and Janoski - available in two different colorations, both inspired by ornamented, porcelain of the Chinese culture. Releasing in July/August, the Porcelain Dunk and Janoski will feature a tearaway paint, which will reveal blue for the Dunk while black for the Janoski. It is said that the leather will be cracked to look like porcelain.

Nike SB Janoski Porcelain 2019
Currently, we're not sure if this is going to be a GR or not, but for sure this will be sold in limited quantities. Stay tuned for more info or other skate shoe releases and let us know if these are a cop or drop in the comments below.

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Here’s your first look at some upcoming dunks. Releasing in July/August. The Nike SB White/Blue Porcelain Dunk will be part of the Nike SB "Porcelain Pack" along with the Nike SB Janoski Porcelain that will feature a tearaway paint. The dunk low will reveal blue while the Janoski will show black. Leather will be cracked to look like porcelain. It looks like the tongues on the dunks will be on a diet still (LOL).

There will also be a pink/white and orange/white dunk lows to look forward to. Check out the images of the upcoming kicks below (thanks nikesbornothing), and stay tuned for more info on a specific drop date as soon as it becomes available.

Nike SB Janoski "Porcelain" 2019

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The Vans Half Cab is an immortal silhouette. It is something that you can wear at any given occasion. What you can’t trust is that this shoe will be available in these sort of basic colors (black, white, red, blue) – the brand's output for at least a couple of months now has centered on more dramatic releases for the slip-on and sk8-his. To end the half-cab drought, a new pair has been released wherein it features a tonal port royale treatment up top. Find more photos on them below and find your pair at Premier. $75.

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Nike SB Dunk High silhouette is no stranger to camo-ridden colorways throughout the years. We've seen various camo iterations including “Obsidian Camo”, “Iguana Camo”, and many more. Now, since everyone is ready to welcome the Nike SB back with welcome arms, Nike SB brought the camo back where it belongs, surrounded by hits of premium black suede. Pairs of these Camo Dunks are currently available at Nike and select skate shops in the US. $90.

Image Credit: aintnojigga - JayZ is wearing a pair of this new Nike SB Dunk High Pro Camo sneakers 

“When you support a small business, you’re supporting a dream”.  

I believe that people behind these artisanal products are passionate and doing what they love and loving what they do. You'd admire their courage to brave the competitive retail scene and their passion to create sturdy skate shoes for Filipino skateboarders.

I was talking about Label Shoe Co. They are the first ever to produce locally-made skate shoes that dominate the skateboarding scene here in the Philippines.

Why? It's simply because....

100% Philippine Made Skateboarding Shoe 
For Skateboarding by Skateboarders !!!

The brand owners are really pursuing their dreams and it would be nice if we can help them even through small and simple ways.

Hence, below are some of their skate shoes that that deserve your support. Rest assured that your hard-earned cash won’t go wrong with them.

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