It's unfortunate that we get mocked over the whole concept of Pinoy pride.
Why not feel even little a sense of gratification every time a fellow Filipino brings honor to the country or is praised by someone of a different race? Meanwhile, international figures, entities, and brands openly celebrate Philippine culture and identity.
The Filipino-themed kicks below are proof that there's no shame in embracing our own patriotism:
Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 'Manila'
The Swoosh brand recognizes the country as one of basketball's "global capitals" through its latest performance footwear. An homage to the Tenement Court in Taguig, the 'Manila' colorway of the Hyperdunk Low 2017 mirrors the rugged play and environment of the urban playground with a gray sillhouete and concrete-style midsole.
Hardly noticeable at first glance, the references on the streetwear botique's sick collaboration with the Japanese brand may just be one of the most unique: Kalinga tattoo art. The tribal printed one-piece sockliner-and-tongue is the perfect complement to the pair's minimalist look—a beige upper with midnight blue flip-side stripes.
The King is quite fond of the Philippines, evident in the number of times he has visited our shores. The 'Agimat' only deepened our relationship with LeBron James, who is also superstitious. Details such as the code "MNL" and tagline "Para sa kadakilaan" make the shoe more personal. It wasn't the first time he did something like this, though...
Nike LeBron 12 'World Tour'
In 2015, Nike introduced a special colorway in time for the superstar's second PH trip, part of the RISE tour. Aside from the flag's colors, it has a tongue design that resembles the national team's coat of arms and contains his logos and signature. Like the 'Agimat,' this version of the LeBron 12 Low is a tribute to the Filipinos' love for the game.
This 2014 release is still the holy grail of Pinoy-inspired sneakers. From the banig mesh and tsinelas outsole, to the court scheme and jeepney accents, the Kobe 9 EM is the ultimate representation of local street basketball. Adding to its charm is Kobe Bryant, who's an NBA player with a massive Pinoy following.