Gone are the days when your mayor doled out P25 thin and transparent election shirts. These days, it’s all about the ‘Gram.
A battle is being waged on the streets for the prettiest kicks, and it’s courtesy of our public officials.
Bong Go’s 3-Point King, to reference the former Special Assistant to the President’s love for basketball, is the (election) season’s most wanted. Created by World Balance, and designed in green and white (a reference, perhaps, to Go’s La Sallian roots?), the 3-Point King features the President’s fist logo, the name Bong Go on the tongue tab, and the “3-Point King” on the heels.
But Bong Go’s not the only public official to have sneakers.
Abby Binay—who just revealed version two of her signature shoes last Wednesday, the grandly named AB2.0—gave 6,000 kids from public elementary schools their own pairs. Unlike Bong Go’s super limited edition 3 Point King, Abby has since given away 90,000 Air Binays (version 1) for Makati’s kids from school year 2017-2018. The “cozy, breathable, and light” Air Jejomar 1 has so many fans it has its own “unboxing” videos on YouTube.
Air Abalos, a.k.a Manda Mentality, has the seal of the city of Mandaluyong on the blue and yellow sneaks, and is a sight to see.
Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada’s “Erap’s All Stars,” cheekily named “Air Rap,” “borrows” heavily from the Converse basic shoe design—and has been given to 280,000 students.
Sneakerheads have weighed in—and the clear winner seems to be Air Binay: Review site Shoephoric and collector Carlo Ople on site Unpacked both seemed to get a kick out of Makati’s streamlined, chunky mid-soled sneakers that is reminiscent of Nike’s Roshe Run.