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Monday, August 17th, 2009 at 12:01 am  |  52 responses

Protege Method

Out now, $49.99.

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  • http://myspace.com/DATBOIFABIO fabio

    haaa , the style went up… and cue the price increase!! whatever ,, still not cool.

  • Rusty

    not feeling it

  • DALLAS STOKES

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! THATS NOT THE CORRECT SAMPLE!!! THATS AN EARLY AND WRONG VERSION!!! IM THE DESIGNER I KNOW!!! WOOOOW !!!! SORRY GUYS INTERNAL MISTAKE!!!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Wow, that actually looks really good. Even for a “wrong version” as Dallas says…

  • afdsf

    they tryin to look like some j’s haha.
    like the 11′s or 10′s

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  • Esco

    Looks just like the LeBron III.

  • lawlow

    wth is protege

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Protege is S Jax shoes. And Harrington. There sh!t is actually pretty dope. And cheap. I would rock protege but not these shoes. To bulky, if I am going to work construction I will wear boots not basketball shoes.

  • davidR

    looks pretty dope for $50, but not sure how comfy they would be for guards

  • http://finishline.com aaron12

    these kinda look like kobe 1s

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    $50 for K-Mart shoes? Go to hell, this is a fraud/scam. What happened to ‘our shoes are all 34.99′ and ‘we are going to make these high quality and cheap’? $50 is not cheap, its not expensive, but it is in no way cheap. You can go to Marshalls or Ross and get 2 pairs of Nikes for $50. This is just wrong..

  • rob stewart

    In the Protege commercial Al Harrington says something like “You don’t need money to play the game, you need shoes” And now the price of his shoes are going up in price nearly 50%. WOW! False advertisement.

  • http://slamonline.com Adam Fleischer

    These are fresher than some of the other Proteges. Price increase definitely sucks, but better than $130.

  • uda

    Its my fault

  • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com The Real

    terrible, protege is done in less that a year. i know for a fact. good try……….NOTTTT!!!! haha

  • mtgyles

    They look like the zoom lebron III’s

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Adam: but they are K-Mart shoes. If you are buying shoes at K-Mart, it means you cannot opt for higher priced shoes. Al said that these would be ‘affordable at a 34.99 price tag’, and that they were only that high because ‘it was higher quality material then starburys so it would lead to a higher price’. That was the theroy. A $50 shoe is in crude violation of that theroy. It is wrong.

  • DALLAS STOKES

    Sorry Betcats these are not the Kmart shoes. This line is Protege Edge its a second line done for Sears with an Upgrade in material and tech. Protege Edge will never be in Sears, only Kmart. There however will be a few 34.99 offerings at Sears but only special signature shoes. I designed this shoe and the sample you see here is not the correct one. It doesnt have the tech in it and its on a pattern test bottom so I could see how the pattern looks and I changed the toe and the heel. Sorry for the confusion my man.

  • DALLAS STOKES

    Sorry I meant to say Protege Edge will never be in Kmart.

  • DALLAS STOKES

    Also everyone this shoe was sent to Slam by accident and does not even drop till April or May.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Sears/K-Mart are owned by the same people. Who cares what store it is for? These shoes are in violation of the message that Protegey is suppose to carry. These are NOT cheap/affordable/whatever other word you would like to call them, yet they come from a brand founded for that purpose. Do you see my problem with that?

  • cp

    thanks for makin great kicks dallas. love the a3h playoffs

  • DALLAS STOKES

    So at this point your trying to tell me that a Kmart customer and a sears customer are the same thing. Honestly BETCATS i hear rumors of competing companies black eyeing the internet with attacks on competitors but I never believe it, but come on? How many hard working stiffs know Sears and Kmart are the same company? How many people are sooooo passionate about Protege’s message that they spell Protege “PROTEGEY”? $50 dollars is still cheaper than most who are out there!!! i care about the average man and my word and my balls are all I got so if you wanna crusade for the common man then look at what i do for the world. Goggle Samaritan’s Feet and see how we put shoes on the feet of children who dont have. Most times when people attack my design I could care less because millions of people spent more than $35 or $50 dollars to prove my designs prove you wrong. However you will not attack my principals and what i believe in without walking a mile in my shoes. I love the people and have walked away from great paying jobs to defend the people and the fact that I am the people. So say my design sucks, fine no problem. Attack my heart efforts and beliefs and we can go back and forth all day my man. Goggle passion while your at it…

  • http://slamonline.com The underrated one

    these shoes are ok, but if you pay the extra $100 for jordans, you wont get laughed at

  • http://slamonline.com The underrated one

    Just one question for dallas: if you were so passionate about what you do, why wouldn’t you try to make a shoe that at least looks like an original concept, rather than a cheap knockoff of the zoom lebron III?

  • DALLAS STOKES

    Opinion is a gift from God. i think the Camaro looks like the Dodge Challanger but i still would by either one. More times than not Shoe heads compare shoes to other shoes but lets be honest the Lebron 3 looks like the Jordan XI. The Jordan XI reminds me of an old reebok ATR. Nothing out looks that new and you must realize your looking at afirst round proto type that was being checked for pattern. Honestly we joked that the shoe may not make it because it looks too much like the new iverson. So nothing is new or fresh we as designers are recycling stuff thats all ready out. Sometimes we miss and a shoe like this never hits and sometimes we win and we rack up allot of pairs. This shoe may never see the light of day. however please show me Ground breaking shoes as of late that make you say wow!!! I love this game and although i’m inspired by the greats i got a very well self checked ego sir.

  • DALLAS STOKES

    The underrated one here are some of my new favorites that make me say “O.K…”: The new Reebok Answer XIII, they went bold and took a chance at a statement. My man Duane A Lawrence’s Wade4 shoe took some dramatic and unconventional lines but he made an effort to not be a robot on all his work and i respect that. The jordan 24 designed by Youn J had some thought put into itwhile tryin to stay true to jordan style and tradition. Mizuno Wave Creation, allot of coffee went into that shoe but also look at that heel system it makes you keep staring. The Nike Zoom Flight Club, come on man those G.P. and K.G. comercials alone made you need to respect the game. Reebok Big Papi gets the job done, Plus I love perfs.adidas Predator absolion!!! I know for a fact that anything that says Predator has more thought put into it than the national deficit!!! adidas Drop/Top, i just love all of RW’s A.D.A.N work. Raf Simmons, got a pair!!! Jock my fresh!!! dont worry my man…keep up. WOOOOOOOOOHHHHH Lotta game out there… Oh by the way the new Louie NB knock off is a lil more gangsta than the Nb 574 but I dont see nobody complainin.

  • DALLAS STOKES

    THOUGHT SO…

  • D.A.

    Dallas just handled that biz…. ha ha

  • LeoneL

    Dallas knows his kicks.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    “How many hard working stiffs know Sears and Kmart are the same company?” First of all, a lot of people know this, it is common, public knowlege. Second, YOU CALL ‘YOUR PEOPLE’ WORKING STIFFS THEN YOU SAY YOU LOVE THEM? And when did they become ‘your people’? You aint Moses, so i will not be letting you/’your people’ got on this one. I did not insult the design. I have no desire to walk a mile, much less a step in your shoes. I did not once call them ugly. I said they are overpriced. You obviously are very passionate about your work, maybe you should bring some of that passion in to enchance your reading skills. I was a fan of the 34.99 Protege(does it even matter how i spell it?) movement, i thought its a nice idea for NBA players to make affordable shoes that anyone can go buy, ball in, and not have break in 2-3 games (starburys did that to me). I disagree that this brand, with the message of making cheap shoes, thinks its a good idea to make a more expensive, ‘special’ shoe. Because that means if you buy the $50 pair, you have a ‘edge’, and you have something better then the 34.99 ‘plain old pair’. Grow the fu(k up or grow a pair and tell me that is not what you are doing? You are creating seperation within your brand, 1 shoe for poor people, 1 shoe for anyone but poor people, because a poor person CANNOT afford a $50 shoe, they have a hard enough time affording your 34.99 shoe. But then again they are your people! People you call “hard working stiffs”. With that type of language, it is pretty apparent Protege is nothing special at all, they are just another faceless corporation with a 34.99 GIMMICK that will have a $150 shoe soon enough.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    *got on this one = go on this one

  • Big Ctizzle

    ufck these shoes i would rather see if i can get me some of them Starbury jump offs. so they still make them?

  • MandM

    Dallas rules!

  • http://www.shoenut.blogspot.com ShoeNut

    They’re not that bad. Kind of reminds me of the Hyperdunks. Nice colors.

  • KeonClark7

    Protege’s retail prices are still significantly lower and more affordable than almost anything from other big brands. Sure, you can find Nike’s on sale at Marshall’s for $50. But you can also find Protege’s on sale for $19 at kmart.com. And if you put better materials and technology in a shoe, it costs more to make. More manufacturing processes, more equipment/tooling, more development costs. BETCATS is looking purely from a consumer’s point of view. Protege is still a business, and ‘business is business’. To be successful, you need to profit. Money needs to be made for the brand to survive, grow and expand. If Protege wasn’t a business, than they would be called non-profit organization. But, clearly by having retail prices lower than its competition and being heavily involved in charitable organizations like Samaritan’s Feet, shows they aren’t just any business. They are still looking out for others.

  • KeonClark7

    And to say shoes look like other shoes is obvious. Tons of shoes have similar lines. Why? because they aren’t just lines for visual appearance, they have functional purpose. Alot of shoes have similar lines because that’s what gives that functionality.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    maybe i went a little overboard saying they were just like any other company, but it certainly isnt what i thought it was, and has sidetracked from its orginal principles IMO.

  • DALLAS STOKES

    BETCATS I’m sorry, long day my friend…

  • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com The Real

    who cares, Like i said, Protoge is a wrap!!! Start looking for new jobs, haha

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Its alright. And btw, im a blogger/hoops/sneaker fan, not some mole put here by Nike or anybody else..

  • http://slamonline.com The underrated one

    Nike air believe forsce was les than 50 USD

  • http://slamonline.com The underrated one

    *force

  • scshift

    Dallas, will the A3H/Trifecta Keon Clark PE ever be released? And any info on the red Stackjacks?

  • http://yansadesigns.com Sagar P

    Pretty sick shoes dallas, and for all you people who say that its false advertising, i don’t think the edge shoes are coming out in k-mart. But if they are, who gives a shit, most shoes in the line are 34.99 and thats pretty damn cheap. I bought a pair of and 1′s for 90 dollars that wore out in a month, the sjax i bought lasted me 8 months. 50 dollars is still incredibly cheap for the price you are getting it at. Realize Dallas could be charging the price the shoes are actually worth (80-100 dollars easy) and be making bank. But he’s not. So stop berating him and realize that a man can only take so much before he packs up his bags and leaves the industry. Where are you going to get your cheap basketball shoes from then? Nike? because 200 dollars for some shitty lookin Jordan 9′s is really worth it (for 200 dollars i doubt id ever even wear em). This brings me to another question, i know shoes are fly and all but who in their right mind pays over 100 bucks for some basketball shoes which are going to worn out in a few months? When buying basketball shoes i personally look for the best buy (quality for price). The entire protege line is an incredible deal. So message cut short: Stop bitching, if you don’t like the shoes go spend 140 dollars on some jordans and make nike execs more rich than t hey already are…what a pathetic place this world has come to when the population rejects a man who is trying to do something good. BTW are any other colors coming out for this shoe?

  • http://yansadesigns.com Sagar P

    Pretty sick shoes dallas, and for all you people who say that its false advertising, i don’t think the edge shoes are coming out in k-mart. But if they are, who gives a shit, most shoes in the line are 34.99 and thats pretty damn cheap. I bought a pair of and 1′s for 90 dollars that wore out in a month, the sjax i bought lasted me 8 months. 50 dollars is still incredibly cheap for the price you are getting it at. Realize Dallas could be charging the price the shoes are actually worth (80-100 dollars easy) and be making bank. But he’s not. So stop berating him and realize that a man can only take so much before he packs up his bags and leaves the industry. Where are you going to get your cheap basketball shoes from then? Nike? because 200 dollars for some shitty lookin Jordan 9′s is really worth it (for 200 dollars i doubt id ever even wear em). This brings me to another question, i know shoes are fly and all but who in their right mind pays over 100 bucks for some basketball shoes which are going to worn out in a few months? When buying basketball shoes i personally look for the best buy (quality for price). The entire protege line is an incredible deal. So message cut short: Stop crying, if you don’t like the shoes go spend 140 dollars on some jordans and make nike execs more rich than t hey already are…what a pathetic place this world has come to when the population rejects a man who is trying to do something good. BTW are any other colors coming out for this shoe?

  • http://yansadesigns.com Sagar P

    hai

  • http://yansadesigns.com Sagar P

    i think the shoes look great, stop berating a man who is trying to do something good, there is only so much a man can take before he packs his bags and leaves the industry, then you are stuck buying starburies for 7 bucks and nikes for 130. Proteges are the perfect shoe for the everyday baller, cheap, comfortable, and pretty stylish. Why spend 130 dollars on a shoe that u are going to wear out in a few months anyway? for a man on a budget/ one who is frugal, the proteges are quite literally, the PERFECT basketball shoe. I’ve not read one ill review on the quality of the shoe, simply on the design (which i personally like) and the brand (not well known so not well recieved). Neway message short: stop crying, suck it up, and laud the man who is doing us a favor.

  • person

    protege edge looks sick! Dallas good job! I sow some and they have air in them? Tell me more please.

  • chris

    I can’t believe all the haters on this board. I have 4 pr and my kids all have 2pr each. Immature people have always laughed at “off brand” stuff let’em. They look so good that people stop and ask me where did I get them and they don’t believe me when I say K-mart. My kids still have there nikes, but I ain’t running out buying $75-90 dollar shoes every 6 months. I play ball in mine quite often and they are as good as any Nike, Adidas, etc priced under $90. I have a pair of TS Commanders from Adidas and I would were my Stak Jax over them anyday. The A3H look the best but seemed a little heavier than the others. The Black trifectas are another hit. I just went and saw the new line for 2010 and I will be getting the blackouts and the New Stak’s, and some gear

  • jais

    proteges are looking good. no matter what anyone else says. DALLAS, proteges are good. have you seen the new jordan ajf 2010? f**kin 170$$$? + 15 dollars tax. holy crap. whats the big deal dammit? im fine with any proteges unless the are higher than 65 dollars.

    f**k, what cant you guys understand, these shoes are MADE for ball. jordans are heavy as hell and no one wears em for basketball cause they too heavy.
    After all, proteges just came out. id rather spend 50 than 200$ jordans or any other shoes that are just too much, and gets easily creased.
    so basically if you replace the protege sign with a jordan. the price tag would be like 250$. only cause of the names are why jordans expensive. you see anyone such as dirk nowitzki selling shoes? CAUSE HE WASNT AS GOOD AS JORDAN. so anyone not bieng a hater. i do have 4-6 pairs of jordans. only for showin off, not to play ball. i use protege for basketball alone.

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