The NBA All-Star Weekend, with all its glitz and glamor, has come and gone. Jayson Tatum, Joe Harris, and Hamidou Diallo were the big winners on Saturday, winning the skills challenge, 3 point content, and slam dunk contest respectively, while Team LeBron ran out 178 to 164 winners against Team Giannis in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game.
While NBA players don’t shy away from flexing their sneakers during the regular season, All-Star Weekend presents a chance for an elite group of players (and their respective sponsors) to add a little All-Star flair to the on-court footwear rotation. Both Nike and adidas unveiled their All-Star sneaker packs ahead of the weekend.
With the game over and the regular season set to resume on Thursday, we take a look at what some of the NBA’s biggest stars wore during the All-Star Game.
The Greek Freak took to the court wearing a pair of personalized Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Protro in a red and white colorway. A Hornets-themed colorway of the same sneaker dropped over the weekend and has been part of Nike’s push to revive some of Kobe Bryant’s most iconic silhouettes from when he was still an active player.
Wade was, of course, laced up in his own signature shoe, the Li-Ning Way of Wade 7 “The Moment.” Wade has been signed with Li-Ning since 2012, when his contact with Jordan Brand expired. Li-Ning also counts Portland Trailblazer C.J. McCollum as a sponsored athlete and the brand is starting to push into streetwear on the back of Way of Wade’s popularity in the United States.
Steph Curry, one half of the “Splash Brothers,” the other being Klay Thompson, was wearing the latest colorway of his Under Armour signature sneaker, the Curry 6. This hi-vis yellow iteration was dropped during All-Str weekend and retails for $130, which is relatively affordable for a signature performance sneaker.
Russell Westbrook took to the court wearing his Jordan Why Not Zer0.2 “All Star” signature sneaker. Westbrook has recently been seen transporting his signature sneakers in custom-made packaging. Most recently, he donned a Super Soaker-inspired colorway of his Why Not Zer0.2
Only the best for the King, as LeBron James stepped out in the “Watch the Throne” Nike LeBron 16. The “Watch the Throne” colorway (an homage to the Kanye West and Jay Z album and once the highest grossing hip-hop tour of all time) was one of the most revered PEs in the history of LeBron’s signature line, first making an appearance on the Nike LeBron 9.
The Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi “The Claw” Leonard debuted his New Balance signature sneaker, as the brand tries to re-establish its NBA presence. New Balance previously teased his signature sneaker ahead of the All-Star break and finally unveiled the kicks during the main event, the All-Star game. Leonard was previously signed to Jordan Brand, with whom he had a Jordan 1 collaboration.
James Harden was wearing the racing-inspired adidas Harden Vol. 3 “All-Star.” Harden is having a historic season this year and is a top contender for MVP. Is it the shoes?
Kyrie Irving wore his ROKIT x Nike Kyrie 5 signature sneaker. Having grown skating alongside playing ball, Kyrie Irving’s collaboration with ROKIT DESIGN aims to showcase the crossover between the two sports, as they both get more and more intertwined.
The Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant wore his “Aunt Pearl” Nike KD 11, in memory of his aunt Pearl, who passed away due to complications from cancer. The first aunt Pearl-themed sneaker was the KD 4 in 2012, with every signature sneaker since then getting the pink, white, and gold makeover. The shoe is designed and produced in association with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
Joel Embiid had perhaps the most eye-catching sneakers on during the NBA All-Star game as he laced up in a pair of Under Armour Anatomix Spawn Lows. While Under Armour has been in the spotlight thanks to Stephen Curry’s incredible on-court ability, the brand’s other basketball sneakers haven’t gotten as much love as they might deserve. Embiid looks like he’s trying to change that.
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