NBA FEET: COLORFUL NEW KICKS FOR ALL-STAR WEEKEND
In celebration of NBA All-Star weekend, the league’s top players will lace-up in a new crop of special-edition sneaker styles. This year’s colorful creations will clash with the royal blue (East) and red (West) uniforms, but will no doubt place the fashion focus on players’ footwear. As with the All-Star uniforms, shoes were designed with Houston, the host city for this year’s game, in mind. Here’s a rundown some of the sneakers you’ll see on court:
Nike’s All-Star 2013 collection features new releases for LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. The specially designed sneakers take inspiration from Houston’s tie to space exploration. In keeping with that theme, aesthetic embellishments include bold colorways and details reminiscent of constellations and meteors, bringing the space concept to life. Each player was assigned his own Houston “mission” on which his shoes are based. The Nike Basketball shoes will be available beginning February 15th, at select retail stores and at Nike.com. Below are the three releases and Nike’s description of each players’ “All-Star” mission.
Lebron X: “An indestructible force originating from fictional Nike Space Program (NSP) planet NSP-LJ6, LeBron James’ dominance was born from the volcanic surface in the planet’s mantle. He is rumored to have journeyed to earth on a meteor made of the galaxy’s hardest substance – black diamonds.”
Kobe 8 System: “Engineered to the specifications of Kobe Bryant’s Houston mission, with origins rooted on a planet marked as NSP-KB24. The Ice Mamba circles the volatile surface as guardian of the five rings. The wise veteran is known to strike with moves that leave his opponents frozen.”
KD V: “Identified as Dark Matter, the biological and molecular breakdown of this figure remains a puzzle for scientists. Early readings of its origin, NSP-KD35, have sent back conflicting reports of a planet that is simultaneously solid, liquid, and gas – properties that make his game adaptable to any situation.”
Adidas also unveiled a range of colorful kicks to debut on the hardwood in Houston. The brand’s All-Star uniforms took a cue from Houston’s aeronautical history and the sneakers follow suit.
The adidas adizero Crazy Light 2 shoes offer another vibrant colorway in the form of neon green camo. Black laces and the brand’s three-stripes in white complete the look.
The special version of Dwight Howard’s D Howard Light shoe includes a red camo base, with an iridescent tongue featuring “DH” branding, as well as metallic version of the adidas logo.
The adidas Rose 3.5 also received an “All-Star” update but with an injury to Derrick Rose, fans may not see these kicks on-court.