Friday, September 18, 2009

Online Shopping

After a year into the shoe game, I have splurged in my first online shopping experience. I purchased from I think that this the only US site that ships to the Philippines. I was actually hoping that my purchase would not push through but now that my kicks are here; I'm one very happy sneakerhead. It took about 7 days for the package to get to customs then I got my notice after 9 days and finally today I picked them up in Pasay.

Interested in what I purchased? See them after the jump.

3M Dunk low. I know that these were released here but when I decided I wanted them, I couldn't find any in my size anymore.

Ice soles, FTW. I'm gonna rock them tonight.

Now when I was checking out of sneakerhead, shipping was just too expensive so I decided to get another shoe to maximize on shipping. Luckily these were on sale already. Zoom Foamposite Lite, Playoff Pack. This is Amare Stoudemire's PE.

The shoe is heavier than the ones in my current rotation but I got these for the cushioning.

Look at that insole, it's really thick! I wouldn't be able to use my custom insoles in this one because it feels weird.

Here are my tips for online shopping:

1. Buy more than 1 to maximize shipping.
2. Choose items on sale, so that the savings there will offset shipping cost.
3. Under declare your items at customs. The lady asked how much I bought them. I made the rookie mistake of declaring the correct cost.
4. Ask for a discount after they compute the tax. The initial tax was around P4,200 but when I asked for a discount, the lady just asked if I'm fine without having an official receipt. Of course I said yes and just like magic tax went down by 50% haha. I paid the customs lady P2,000 and another P35 outside for some other fee.


Monday, September 14, 2009

Finals as finale

This is it, my final purchase for the year. Dear God, please give me the strength to resist the coming drops. Zoom Kobe 4 Finals, Home. Luckily I was still able to cop size 12s from Nike Park MOA. View the pics after the jump.

I am very happy with this purchase, except that the soles were not perfectly done. The white paint on the sole was sloppy.

Here's a pic with the away.

Away, solo.

Other updates: Jordan Hall of Fame pack, Jordan 1 (Black/gray), and a Jordan tee.


Saturday, September 12, 2009

After a very long hiatus

It's been almost a year since my last post and it feels good to start posting again. My addiction started from the release of the Hyperdunk at around July last year and I can say that it really has been crazy since then. The shoe game is a very expensive and addicting hobby; surfing through sneaker sites and forums has become part of my daily routine. I would advice those who haven't caught the bug yet to step away from this game.

Anyway this post is to share the kicks I have amassed for a little over a year now. See them after the jump.

A pair of Zoom Kobe 4s, and the Zoom 81. I love the Kobe line, the Kobe 1 and 3 are in my wish list. I'm hoping for the Finals or Championship/gold medals to drop here.

Some Team Jordans: Jordan Olympia United We Rise, Jumpman Team pro, and CP3 2. CP3 2 is best among this group, Olympia has little cushioning while the Team pro is a bit too heavy.

Flywire + Lunar foam or more commonly known as the Hyperdunk and Hyperize. The hyperdunk has bottomed out on me hoping that the Hyperize would last longer. Nonetheless I love this line, will surely cop the next one.

Lifestyle shoes for malling, Presto Retro, Air Max 1, and Lebron 6 low. I'm tempted to use the LBJ6 for balling but the lack of ankle support scares me. Cushioning is the best though.

Sneakers: Lacoste and some Onitsuka Mexicos.

For balling in cement courts: Jordan 12.5, and Zoom Flight Club. I rarely use the 12.5s while the latter is part of my regular rotation.

I learned a lot from playing this game, here are some things to avoid, don't fall for the hype, buy what you like. Sometimes patience is virtue because some will eventually go on sale while there are times that you should buy at first sight or you'll end up regretting it. Moving forward my game plan is to budget, limit, and more importantly plan.