We won’t knock the hustle—some people go incredible lengths to score a pair of good sneakers, and in a way, that’s part of the fun. A good number of sneakerheads fall in line for hours just to cop a single pair of shoes at retail price. After all, it’s still cheaper than letting the opportunity pass and having to get them at resellers’ prices. Others dole out extra cash and wait unreasonable lengths of time to have their holy grails shipped in from abroad. It’s all well and good for those who have the privilege of these options. But sometimes, all it takes to score good shoes is patience and timing. A visit to Rucker Outlet proves just that.
Rucker, located just off of Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City, is one of the more significant outlets up North if you’re scavenging for Nikes, Jordans, and adidas; short of the NLEX and Subic outlets. When we dropped by, we were surprised to find a lot of really good sneakers at incredible discounts, including a pair of rare quickstrikes that we didn’t even notice on the retail shelves before.
Here are our top picks:
1) Nike Air Python
How these ended up in outlets for 50 percent off is beyond us. The Air Python still goes for upward of $200 in the US resale market, because it’s one of 2014-2015’s prolific fashion sneakers. The Python is essentially an Air Jordan 2 on top of an Air Force 2 sole—but it’s the luxurious reptilian inflection that set it apart. Originally released in 1986, these sneakers were re-released in 2013 and exceptionally received by the streetwear set. The succeeding years saw more colorways—mostly fashion-oriented ones, including the necessary all-red—and collaborations with the likes of fashion powerhouse Dover Street Market. These two colorways came out in 2015, but apparently, they didn’t sell out here. Other parts of the world weren’t so lucky, so consider these at half-off an incredible steal.
Nike Air Python 'Sail'
From P6,295 to P2,995
Nike Air Python 'Snakeskin'
From P7,495 to P2,995
2) Nike Dunk CMFT PRM
Granted: Dunks have been a little out-of-fashion for some time now. But in 2014, Nike tried to breathe life into them by releasing the Dunk CMFT PRM (in which CMFT PRM stands for Comfort Premium). They very closely resemble the original Dunk silhouette, but are noticeably more comfortable, more lightweight, and feature better leathers and suedes. That’s why we were surprised to find these two Dunk CMFT PRMs in Rucker.
The black suede-and-crocskin pair doesn’t look like something that would sit on shelves—it’s a simple, foolproof sneaker.
Nike Dunk CMFT PRM
From P6,295 to P3,775
But the most ridiculous find of our visit was a pair of Dunk CMFT PRMs in all-black, with a quilted collar in burgundy. They’re QSs (read: Nike’s designation for quickstrikes, their limited releases), and they’re damn fine. Inspired by coffins (does it get any more metal than that?) and done in a colorway that belongs in Nike SB’s golden era, these quickstrikes even feature a very cool coffin-shaped dubrae (the lace ornament) and are 40 percent off at Rucker—in a popular size, no less. Do. Not. Sleep.
Nike Dunk CMFT PRM QS
From P6,295 to P3,775
3) Nike Internationalist
If you’re looking for a solid pair of beaters, you can’t go wrong with the Internationalist, especially in this black-and-white colorway. At 40 percent off, and considering how timeless and easy-to-wear they are, these might be the best bang-for-your buck Nikes you can get.
Nike Internationalist Black
From P4,295 to P2,575
4) Air Jordan 4 Retro ‘Alternate 89’
Rucker’s shelves also had a fair share of covetable Jordans, including the Alternate 89s, which aren’t commonly found in outlets for discounted prices.
20% off of SRP, down to P7,545
5) adidas Samba
The outlet also carries adidas, but as of our visit, there were only very few left. This classic colorway of the Samba would also make for a foolproof pair of everyday shoes, and a great alternative to adidas’ sneaker-of-the-moment: the Gazelle.
40% off of SRP, down to P2,155
It’s amazing, what ends up in outlets. In each their own way, these are unexpected finds—either too rare or too classic to let go off for below retail. And yet, here they are.