Friday, January 2, 2009

I'm not a big fan of high-top kicks but I do make an exception sometimes...

Even during the time back in high school when I played b-ball a lot, I never did become a big fan of high-top kicks. But still, my love for low-top sneakers didn't stop me from buying high-top kicks that were either awesome in looks or were bound to be future collectibles - that is, if they were in my budget range.

And so, after buying my last pair of high-top kicks in late 2004 in the form of adidas' white/blackT-Mac 4, the first shoe in adidas' line-up to feature their revolutionary - and patented - HUG system...


... it looks like the next pair of high-top kicks I'll be getting would be Nike's Air Max Bizness Manny Pacquiao PE (Player Exclusive).


The Pac-Man's signature kicks carries the country's national colors, with a white leather upper, blue patent leather on the toebox and the heel, and red accents on the inner lining and the swoosh's border.


A great design highlight on the shoe is the lasered rendition of the Philippine eagle from the Pac-Man's Nike-sponsored, Mike Friolo-designed crest. I have other Nike kicks with laser-rendered designs, the most prominent in my collection being my now-broken-down white/sky blue and now-hardly-used black/white pairs of Nike's Zoom LeBron II Lows.


But arguably the biggest highlight of this pair of PEs is the box, which is actually made of wood that's also been lasered with the Pac-Man's name AND the aforementioned crest.


Every Pac-Man fan worth his salt knows that one of the Pac-Man's favorite pasttime is playing b-ball so there's no doubt then that he'll have on a pair of this sweet kicks while he's playing a game in GenSan.

Too bad though that there's no info on NikeTalk yet on when the shoes would come out and just where they'll be made available.