Above The Rim Dbl Dribble

Basketball shoes are expensive. On average, the big brand ones cost around Php 4,000 – Php 5,000. Since I suck at the hoops game, buying those pricey shoes is a no-no. Hence, I’ve been on a constant lookout for cheap buys. With my old, three-year old Spalding kicks literally breaking at its seams, I was lucky to chance upon a pair of Above The Rim basketball shoes at the Payless Shoe Store branch in Glorietta 4.

Naturally, I was somewhat cautious in trying out this unfamiliar brand. I did a cursory Google search and learned that Above The Rim was once popular in the early 90s. Today, the company has a couple of NBA players as its endorsers. I went back the next day and bought the Above The Rim Dbl Dribble for a measly Php 795 (around USD 20)!


The Dbl Dribble is a no-frills basketball shoe. The gray synthetic fabric has that blue collar, everyman look. I like the sleek, straightforward lines on the side of the shoe. The shoelace holes are as utilitarian as it can get, with no metal linings at all. With its white lines, somewhat triangular contours, and breathing holes, the back portions of the shoe has the likeness of tough steel.

The high cut Dbl Dribble has excellent ankle support. However, the fit is a bit loose on the forefoot that I had to wear double socks to get that snug feel. I’ve used the shoes a couple of times the past few weeks. I had absolutely no problems with the Dbl Dribble and found it particularly well-suited for sudden bursts of speed, abrupt stops, and lateral movement in basketball.

For its price, its utilitarian look, and satisfactory performance, the Above the Rim Dbl Dribble is worth every Peso.


2 responses to “Above The Rim Dbl Dribble

  1. Ivan October 18, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    You might want to try Fila. They are rather good and in a budget. But if you compare it to that shoe… Hey, why not?

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