The Bureau of Customs just released some attention-grabbing photos on Facebook:
The kicks in the foreground are just part of the confiscated goods from balikbayan boxes, but they're much more interesting than beauty products so let's focus on them. According to the official page's comments on their own live video:
"15 balikbayan boxes containing 111 pairs of original rubber shoes were seized with an estimated market value of P7 million according to BOC-NAIA."
"Brands included are Nike Airmax DLX, Airmax 1/97 VF SW, Nike Vapormax FK, Adidas Yeezy Powerhouse CG6420, Adidas PW Holi NMD MC, Vans Era 95 DX, Balenciaga sneakers, Air Jordan 1 Retro, and used Nike sneakers."
Oh god, there is a hypebeast among their employees who could name all the pairs (or maybe some poor soul had to Google all that), which means your kicks are no longer safe, fam! Prepare to hear, "Crack open that shoebox, kid!" when you land in NAIA next time.
However, they also released closeups of the goods and one of our legit checkers thinks that the BOC have some fakes on hand: the lining on several pairs look suspect according to him. However, another source thinks the balikbayan boxes may, in fact, contain genuine heat. A third hardcore sneaker collector we know says it's hard to judge from the pictures. It doesn't help that the released photos are indeed some tragic OLX-quality material. So, do you think our Customs boys have intercepted the motherlode or just some Greenhills editions? Judge the pics for yourself: