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The “Air Jejomar 1s” Look Suspiciously Like This Real Running Sneaker

APL has made shoes that were banned by the NBA for giving players an “undue competitive advantage.”
IMAGE Shoephoric.com; APL
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Let’s at least give the Air Jejomar 1s—or the Air Binays, or the Binay Baller Brand sneakers; whatever you’d like to call them—the credit they deserve. They’re free shoes given out to kids who need free shoes, and taking that for what it is, they’re a good thing.

But since crash-landing on the Internet over the past month, they’ve become something else, too: a novelty among sneakerheads, and the subject of both ridicule and post-ironic desire. People aren’t just making fun of the Air Jejomar 1s—some folks genuinely want a pair of them, if only to make an edgy style statement.

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There is, however, a much better alternative for anyone who, for whatever reason, actually wants this in their footwear rotation. Consider these suspiciously similar-looking running sneakers by Athletic Propulsion Labs, or APL:

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That’s the APL TechLoom Pro, a performance running shoe that was first launched in June 2014. It features a knitted upper and a specially engineered outsole made with a patented energy return material called Propelium. The TechLoom Pro is one of the premier running sneakers of APL, an independent American athletic brand that once made a basketball sneaker that was banned by the NBA for giving players an “undue competitive advantage.” APL is known for its experimental performance technologies, and the TechLoom Pro has enough going for it to compete with running kicks by Nike and Adidas.

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More important, though: Can you see the resemblance? The five perforated waves along the side, the perforated toebox, and the overall shape of the TechLoom Pro are all echoed by the Makati sneakers. Sure, the mayora’s supplier got creative with the sole (and, of course, that ever-important heel badge that definitely needed to be there), but it's reasonable to believe that there was a source of “inspiration."

So you may want to rethink your pursuit of the Air Jejomar 1s. It’s a great novelty, but it can’t compare to its performance-oriented originator.

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