Buyer’s Guide: The Best Outdoor Basketball Shoes

Have you been wearing the same pair of basketball shoes since your junior year of high-school? Are you ready to amplify your game and take your basketball career a little more seriously? If so, you may want to continue reading, as we have some of the best outdoor basketball shoes on the market for you. In this article, we’ll discuss one of the hottest pairs of outdoor basketball shoes on the market, and what you may or may not like about them.

Nike Men’s Air Max Emergent

Nike Men’s Air Max Emergent

First on our list is a pair of basketball shoes from one of the most reputable brands on the market – Nike. This pair of shoes features the forth coming specs:

  • Synthetic with a rubber sole
  • 3-inch shaft measurement from arch
  • Synthetic leather upper, durability and breathability within design
  • Max air unit in the hell area for the best impact cushioning

If you’re looking for the maximum arch support with an incredible amount of cushioning from the shock support in the heel area of this shoe – look no further, as this will fulfill your desires. With breathe tech construction for ventilation that’ll keep you cool and odor-free (or as odor-free as possible), you won’t have to worry about stinky and sweaty feet after a night of shooting hoops. The synthetic leather upper promises durability and longevity for those who need something reliable for years to come.

Adidas Performance Men’s Crazy Bounce Basketball Shoe

Adidas Performance Men’s Crazy Bounce Basketball Shoe

Next on our list is a shoe from another reputable brand, Adidas – a shoe that comes in a variety of colors and size options, while fitting as expected. Features of the above mentioned include the forth coming:

  • Imported, rubber sole with synthetic materials
  • Bounce for providing energy while you play, with added comfort
  • Lightweight upper for the most durability possible
  • Synthetic overlay ensures that strategic support is provided

Fitting mostly as expected, these men’s crazy bounce basketball shoes have a rubber sole, synthetic and textile composition, with synthetic overlays that ensure you won’t have to worry about the lack of support. With the bounce aspect of this pair of shoes providing comfort with a bounce of energy, you won’t have to worry about your feet feeling exhausted after a day of wearing these. For those that are worried about grip, the outsole of this shoe is made of rubber, and provides an incredible amount of grip. There’s also a midfoot panel for those that need a boost of enhanced stability, with a mid cut for the support your ankles beg you for. So if you’re in the market for lightweight, durable, and shoes that will keep you energized, look no further than the Adidas Performance Men’s Crazy Bounce Basketball shoe – affordable and comfortable; jam packed into one package.

Adidas Performance Men’s Isolation 2 Low Basketball Shoe

Adidas Performance Men’s Isolation 2 Low Basketball Shoe

Next on our list is another product from Adidas, and is from the Isolation 2 series. A low basketball shoe for those that don’t need added ankle support, other features of these include the forth coming:

  • Shafter measurement is 2.7-inches from arch
  • Upper that’s composed of synthetic and leather
  • Midfoot integrity from the included torsion system
  • Fits mostly as expected

We understand that if you’re new to the world of basketball shoes, you may not understand what all of these special features mean. If you’re someone that only cares for looks, then you may not be ready for a pair that would rock your world. The aforementioned pair of shoes features an upper that’s has a synthetic and leather combination, with a ton of midfoot integrity from the included torsion system within the design. We can’t forget about the comfortable textile lining, either, as it could make or break the experience for the person wearing the shoe. With a rubber sole and great support for those who are flat footed or those with an arch, you’re going to be able to serve up your hottest game when wearing these.

Adidas Performance Men’s Crazylight Boost Low 2016 Basketball Shoe

Adidas Performance Men’s Crazylight Boost Low 2016 Basketball Shoe

Last on our list is yet another product from Adidas, and this time, it’s a basketball shoe from last year. If you’re someone who wants the latest in shoes, you’ll probably run away from this one, but we have to say – the color options and performance will beat the test of time. Features include the following;

  • Various color options
  • Imported, textile and synthetic
  • Rubber sole
  • Shafter measurement from low-top arch
  • Boost energy properties to keep all steps energized and charged
  • Lightning fast energy promised with these lightweight shoes

Hate clunky basketball shoes that drag you down or offer no support? Then you don’t have to worry any longer, as these lightweight performance shoes will allow you to keep your lightning fast energy without compromising the performance and your playstyle. You won’t have to worry about a crazy weight holding your feet down, as these shoes are lightweight and made for a speedy performance. There are various colors offered, and the shoes fit mostly as expected. Composed of textile and synthetic materials, along with a rubber sole, you’ll be comfortable, and have promised longevity while wearing these shoes. For additional comfort, you’ll be able to use a back collar insert to help you keep you on your game and allow you to comfortably be on your toes.

Passion, Fashion, Writing: A Chat With Derek O’Neil

Sitting face to face with Derek O’Neil, it is not hard to picture him being a fashion contributor to the fast growing website Grooming Adepts. He has his hair styled precisely the way he intended, and a leather watch wrapped around his wrist. “I just love it; fashion is my life.” He tells me.

He hasn’t been with Grooming Adepts long, but he has definitely made an impact. When asked about why he does it, O’Neil said, ” I like to write, and I like giving fashion tips to men, so combining them just felt natural.” Writing about everything from styling gel to wallets, it’s easy to see he is qualified. He has been able to provide Grooming Adepts with insight that wasn’t there before him. “I think I bring a lot to the table in terms of fashion and styling tips.”

Grooming Adepts is a unique website, providing tips, tricks, and recommendations to men, especially when it comes to hair. They’re growing in popularity, and Derek is excited to be a part of that. “I have seen this website grow, and I feel like I have grown with it. I’m really excited to see what else we can do.” When asked what else there is, he said: “I don’t know, I just love being able to improve on myself and everything that I am doing.”

Throughout my time with Derek, it was clear his one of a kind personality set him apart from others I have interviewed. His positive attitude and charming demeanor make it easy to take advice from him. “If there is one thing I want to show men, it is how much of an impact fashion has on their lives.”

“How so?” I implored, curious myself.

“Well, if you walk into an interview in jeans and a t shirt, it probably won’t go too well. But if you go in wearing a professional outfit, you are much more likely to get the job.” He stopped for a second, deep in thought, carefully choosing his words. “That’s such an obvious example, but fashion extends to more parts of life as well. We’re all told not to judge a book by its cover, but we can’t help it sometimes. Your fashion sense and how you present yourself says a lot about you and the type of person you are. What you wear and how you groom yourself can play a big role in first impressions, and even second ones.” I had to agree; his argument was solid. “I just wish more people could see that, that is my goal with Grooming Adepts.”

As we shook hands and said goodbye, I could tell he had a vast amount of knowledge behind his eyes, so I asked: “What is one piece of advice you would give to men worldwide?”

His answer was one that sat with me, he said, “it sounds shallow, but care about how you look. Do not become obsessed with it, but give a damn.”

5 Video Gaming Headsets that Will Blow Your Mind

There are plenty of headsets floating around warehouses all over the world. So the question is not “what headset should I get”, but “what headset should I not get.” There is no perfect fit, as everyone’s ears are differently shaped. There’s no perfect price, as quality comes with price. There’s no perfect anything, really. So, I have attempted to read the reviews of multiple websites and narrow the field down to 5, which was no easy task. There are simply too many out there, and since I do not have the funds to personally try all of them myself, I can only go off of the reviews of others.

video headset

However, in order to save you the time of researching for yourself, here are my picks for what are most likely the best headsets for the lowest price. Please do not send me nasty emails if you followed my advice and ended up disappointed; you will hurt my feelings. I am not the headset God, I am only a human being who can only read so many reviews before my brain hurts!

OK, now that my disclaimer is over, here are my choices, from all ends of the price range spectrum:

  1. Platronics Xbox 360 Headset: $9.99 on
    While this headset is only compatible, for Xbox 360, it is a suitable replacement for the standard Microsoft headset when it fails, costing less and, according to the reviews, being much more reliable. The only con that people seemed to mention repeatably was that the volume didn’t quite go up to what they wanted. However, if you care about your future hearing, this may not necessarily be bad.
  2. Koss SB49 Communication Stereophone: $44.99 on
    Relatively inexpensive, has a microphone, and has a pretty good amount of people saying it’s comfortable.
  3. Razer Carcharias PC Headset: A little bit more expensive, at $64 on
    This one has been said to be VERY comfortable, with good sound quality. The Mic is not adjustable, however, which, if you have a mouth somewhere on your forehead, might be a problem.
  4. Tritton AX 720:$139.99 on
    Yes, more expensive, but this is compatible with pretty much everything but the Wii. It has surround sound, but require a Digital Optical connection. There is a Dolby converter box, I believe (judging by pictures), but this would not be very portable if you have a laptop. Then again, why are you gaming on a laptop…
  5. And if you want to spend the big bucks…
    Plantronics Discovery 925 Jewel: Bluetooth-headset for $80,000! Not exactly for gaming (it’s actually for cell phones) but I had to add it anyways.

Phew! OK, good luck!