LI-NING WAY OF WADE 2.5 ENCORE – CHANGE THE GAME WITH WADE’S KICKS
When it comes to basketball shoes, the brand and the player behind it are everything.
The top-sellers are well known and very popular, which means they’re widely used by hoopers.
But when everyone is wearing the same thing, the footwear landscape becomes a bit dull.
Enter Li-Ning, a Chinese brand which is, for the most part, unfamiliar to many casual basketball fans, especially in the western hemisphere.
The company has put shoes on the feet of a number of former and current NBA players, including Shaquille O’Neal, but their biggest ambassador to date is Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade.
The two-time champion and eight-time All-Star has been one of the faces of the NBA since entering the league in 2003, so any shoe he wears has instant appeal for those trying to emulate him.
You could be like everyone else and wear the usual brands in your pick-up games and recreational leagues, or you could get your fellow hoopers’ attention with the Way of Wade 2.5 Encore.
Wade’s signature logo on the tongue is hard to miss, as are the unique colourways, which come in eye-catching forms such as Fontainebleau, Red Lava and Flamingo.
They may be flashy, but these shoes have also been built for supreme performance.
The WoW 2.5 Encore are immediately responsive out of the box, giving players a locked-in, stable feel, while providing breathability for your feet.
The cushioning is ideal and the durability means they’ll last you more than just a couple seasons on the hardwood.
Bottom line: if they’re good enough for Wade, they’re good enough for you. And the fact that you’ll see few others in these makes them feel exclusive.
We rate it: 9 out of 10: Stylish, functional and sure to draw eyes. Different is good.
Where to buy: Sportsone stores across the UAE
LI-NING WADE V-NECK AND SHORTS – STAY COOL ON THE HARDWOOD
Hit the court ready to ball with the Li-Ning Wade V-neck t-shirt and shorts as part of the apparel collection.
They feature AWS Quick Dry Technology which helps you stay dry and comfortable at all times between the lines. Stretch technology focuses on giving even the most demanding user movement and flexibility.
The fabric consists of 100 per cent polyester fiber, so you won’t be weighed down by sweat-soaked clothing when the game is hanging in the balance.
Unlike many of his shoes and general fashion sense, the colour of the t-shirt and short is a fairly toned-down dark navy blue with gold trimming.
Wade’s signature logo and his ‘DWade’ nickname on the chest creates a simple, but elegant look that makes the t-shirt as fashionable as it is functional. The same is true of the matching shorts.
Price: Dh95 for V-neck, Dh115 for shorts
Where to Buy: Sportsone stores across the UAE
OAKLEY GREEN FADE COLLECTION – GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK
Oakley has launched a special-edition eyewear collection that harkens back to their first performance product which featured vibrant green.
All of the collection’s frames will be hand-painted green and contain Prizm lenses, a revolutionary technology that enhances detail with precise colour tuning.
The line-up includes EVZero, Jawbreaker, Radar EV Path, Flak 2.0 XL, RadarLock Path, Frogskins and Crosslink Zero RX.
Price: Dh875 to Dh1,075
Where to Buy: Select Magrabi Opticians stores and Oakley O-Stores.
YEEZY BOOST 750 – YEEZY IS BACK WITH A FRESH DESIGN
The next version of Kanye West’s iconic footwear builds on the quality and creativity of its predecessor.
Featuring full length adidas BOOST cushioning technology and premium leather and suede heel lining, the light grey suede version are comfortable and exude style.
To get your hands on a pair, you’ll have to head down to the adidas Original store where you’ll register your name and contact details for the chance to win a draw to purchase the shoes.
It’ll be worth it to rock Ye’s creation.
Where to Buy: Adidas Original store and Level Shoe District, Dubai Mall
The brand has reinvented the typical boat shoe and introduced the L.and sailing slip-on.
With the temperature in the UAE rapidly reaching boiling point, this light and airy shoes will mean your feet do not overheat.
Lacoste are renowned for their elegant take on the sports-casual market and these shoes are no exception.
Designed in bright and seasonal colours that are ideal for pairing up with shorts and a polo, the Lacoste Sport men’s boat shoes are great for casual wear.
Perfect for relaxed days in the city or on holiday, the shoes feature mesh uppers with faux leather detailing and a nautical lacing system.
A walk around Dubai Marina is guaranteed to be a comfortable experience, with these shoes fitting right in.
Renowned for classic styling, Lacoste has an unrivaled heritage in the sports fashion market.
The brand continues to appeal to the fashion-forward consumer and the footwear line is no exception.
Modern designs and color combine with classic shapes to create a unique style that distinguishes Lacoste from other lifestyle brands.
Where to Buy: Available at Lacoste stores throughout the UAE, including Dubai Mall and Jebel Ali Village
Dreams of a Refugee: From the Middle East to Mount Everest
Where to buy: Kinokuniya
The incredible story about how Palestinian refugee Mostafa Salameh had a dream about becoming the first Jordanian to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak.
Forever Young: The Story of Adrian Doherty, Football’s Lost Genius
Where to buy: Amazon
Times journalist Oliver Kay presents the intriguing tale about the life and death of the eccentric footballer who had greater talent than Ryan Giggs but wanted to be Bob Dylan.
Where to buy: Amazon
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of England’s World Cup win, comes the story of captain Bobby Moore. Despite his glory on the pitch, plenty of tragedy is presented in this tale about arguably the greatest player in his nation’s history.
Where to buy: Amazon
Fans of surfing will want to purchase this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release on pre-order, ahead of its June 13 release date. The movie is a 2016 remake of Keanu Reeves’ original, where a FBI agent infiltrates a young gang of enthusiasts.
Football Teasers Quiz
Where to buy: iTunes
The greatest test for die-hard football fans is back with a totally redesigned and redeveloped look from the ground up. More than 1,500 brain-challenging trivia questions are contained, with a new daily teaser also on offer.
Where to buy: iTunes
If you want to master the one-legged king pigeon pose or have your sights set on the rear end elevated downward dog, this is the perfect app for you. Expert guidance is on hand, with a series of easy-to-follow narrated videos.
Developers Konami have leaned on all the experience from their long-running Pro Evolution Soccer franchise to bring this summer’s competition to life on PlayStation4, XboxOne, PlayStation3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.
The timing couldn’t be better for fans of the series, after its stunning return to form with its 2016 edition.
Indeed, if you already own PES 2016 then you’ll be able to play this game as a free download.
Slick gameplay is a given and it is in this department where you don’t feel let down. Be it the feeling of exhilaration when Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo is in possession, or the intuitive passing from Spain’s metronomic midfield.
PES has always been played at 100 miles per hour and it is no different this time.
It is fun, fast and beautiful to watch. From the movement of the ball, to the way it vividly brings to life all the fanfare in the stands as flags are patriotically waved and the attention to detail on the kits.
Hours of work have also gone into creating the likenesses for the roster of players. There is no way you’ll be mistaking Harry Kane for Wayne Rooney on this title.
Regrettably, this is where the sense of reality starts to fade. For an offiially-licenced product, it seems unforgivable only 15 of the 24 teams taking part have their actual kits.
You would also expect to see every stadium which is hosting matches in France to be represented. This is anything but the case.
Only the Stade de France makes it in. The ground admittedly looks gorgeous, but what about all theothers?
This is a long-term weakness of PES when compared to FIFA. No such problems existed for EA Sports’ World Cup updates.
This isn’t a perfect representation, but at just Dh149, football fans can’t go too far wrong.
We rate it: 7 out of 10: The responsive play is great, but the lack of licences really detract from it.
Where to Buy: Virgin Megastore, Dubai Mall is one of many places to pick up your copy in the UAE