The legend of Filipinos playing basketball in flip-flops has spread all over the world. Pacific Rims by Rafe Bartholomew proclaimed to the world just how much Filipinos worship Basketball. It’s no secret that Pinoys love the game so much that even a lack of proper footwear can’t hold us back from playing some basketball.
However given the high demands of the game, such as running, jumping, and cutting, having the proper footwear is essential in injury-prevention and performance-enhancement. With the speed of the game, one minute detail can make such a difference.
Having the right shoes doesn’t only mean having the latest basketball shoes loaded with technology, but more importantly, it’s having the right footwear for every occasion.
Basketball players, especially those just starting to get into the lifestyle, fail to recognize that the game doesn’t end when the buzzer sounds and when someone wins. Basketball and every other sport for that matter is a never-ending process of getting better.
The real work starts when the lights are off and when you’re in an empty gym. Basketball is the reward for working hard in the weight room or on the track. This is why it’s important to have the proper footwear to maximize the moments spent training and preparing for the game. That means having running shoes, training shoes, and even off-court shoes.
The last thing any basketball player would like is an injury to the lower extremities so having the proper footwear is a step towards preventing early retirement from the game we all love.
1. Basketball Shoes
First and foremost on this list would have to be basketball shoes. Basketball is such a high-intensity activity that having the right shoes is almost a non-negotiable. You may argue that Pinoys have always been wearing flip-flops to play basketball and seem to be perfectly fine. But we believe that if these flip-flop wearing Pinoys lace up some basketball shoes, they’ll perform tremendously better.
The Jordan Super Fly 2017 is Jordan Brand’s latest team basketball shoe. The Super Fly 2017 is versatile enough to be worn from the point guards all the way to the centers.
Aside from eliminating the occurrence of the “flying tsinelas”, Pinoy ballers can be confident in landing safely on their “buwis-buhay” leaps. Ethyl Vinyl Acethyl (EVA) foam which is the simplest cushioning setup in basketball shoes is worlds apart than standard flip-flop cushioning. Even the most basic basketball shoe has better traction than some flip-flop bought from the market. The deep grooves and extra-durable rubber compounds in these basketball shoes translate into better reaction times and quicker responses which ultimately make the game and the player better.
2. Running Shoes
Even if basketball already involves so much running, basketball players still need to run whether on the track or in their streets. Running, as an exercise, improves cardio-vascular endurance which helps basketball players perform in crunch time when the game is on the line.
The adidas Pure Boost 2017 is one of the brand’s more popular running silhouettes. Full-length Boost provides a soft yet responsive ride perfect for those short runs. This shoe can even double up as a casual shoe, but given it’s color, caution should be applied.
The Nike Vapor Max is the latest offering from the Swoosh. Boasting the most “Air” in any Nike shoe, the Vapor Max offers enough cushion for a comfortable ride, but still has stability as its biggest strength.
Whether you feel like jogging, running, or sprinting, working one’s legs is key not just in better basketball performance, but generally for overall wellness. Not all surfaces are created equal which means you need a shoe that caters to any type of terrain while offering the cushioning setup which you feel most comfortable with. There are various materials out there such as innovative Flyknit and Primeknit which conform to your foot and mold to your foot shape with every wear. Traditional materials such as engineered mesh and synthetic leather offer tried-and-tested options that depend on your preference.
3. Training Shoes
Weight training is still an often overlooked aspect of basketball. There are still ideas swirling out there that weights can be detrimental to basketball players for a variety of reasons. Some people still believe that lifting weights can slow a basketball player down as these will make one “bulky”, but the truth couldn’t be any farther from this notion. Weight training is a key part of why professional basketball players in the NBA and PBA seem to play the game so effortlessly. In case you were still skeptical, just look at LeBron James and you’ll see why weight training is crucial.
Training shoes generally must have flat bases that are suited for major lifts such as the squat and the deadlift. By having a flat base, you can lift heavier without worrying about being out of balance or getting injured.
4. Off-Court Shoes
“If you look good, you feel good, if you feel good, you play good, if you play good, they pay good.”
Deion Sanders is a firm believer in looking good in order to be getting paid good and you should too. Whether you admit it or not, wearing nice things definitely affects your mood. Whether it’s wearing a stylish shirt or hyped kicks, we all feel that extra bounce in our step.
Nothing beats classics such as the adidas Superstar. The signature look makes the Superstar a perennial favorite of both old and young sneakerheads.
Basketball, as with other things in life, boils down to a matter of confidence. You might be putting in the work on the court and in the gym, but if the confidence isn’t there, there’s no way you’ll be able to perform once the lights are on and the pressure is there.
Off-court shoes come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. Style takes precedence when selecting off-court shoes over performance. You’ll be wearing your off-court shoes for getting to the games and events which means you can match these with whatever outfit you have.
5. Slides and Sandals
Every baller needs a trusty pair of slides. Being a Filipino, having a durable and comfortable pair of tsinelas is a definite need.
Slides allow basketball players the perfect mix of being chill yet game-ready heading to the gym. No one ever wants to stain and damage basketball kicks which is almost inevitable once you walk around Manila’s streets and alleys. There’s always the threat of dirt or mud staining your precious kicks which is why a pair of slides always comes in handy.
Slides nowadays come in all types of materials such as Nike’s Solarsoft foam which offers top-notch cushioning and breathable materials. Nike’s slides are versatile enough to be worn even at the beach so it’s an investment that you can use all year round.
BasketBola would like to thank the good people over at Capital and Nike Forum for providing us time to shoot inside their stores. If you’re looking to score some of the pairs featured in this article, head on over to any of Capital’s branches in Trinoma, UP Town Center, Glorietta 4, Uptown BGC, Circuit Makati, Festival Mall, and Ayala 30th. Nike Forum has stores in Robinson’s Magnolia, Ayala Serin, and Harbor Point Subic.
Both stores feature wide range of products that cater to just about any type of sneakerhead you may be.