The 20 Best NBA All-Star Game Sneakers Of The Past Decade


With the 2014 NBA All-Star Game wrapping up last weekend, we take a look back and highlight the top two sneakers worn in each game for the past decade! The NBA All-Star Game has not only been a showcase for the talents of the top stars, but also for the special sneakers that are debuted each go-round. And in more recent years, the plethora of dope makeups not only from Nike have kept you watching what the players are wearing as much as watching them play. It was difficult to just pick two top sneakers for certain years, but definitely take a look and let us know in the comments section below which are your favorites from a particular year or all-time.

2005 Best - Nike LeBron II "All Star"

Worn by: LeBron James

Let’s be real here; most ASG kicks are gaudy, if not a little gimmicky. But these LeBron IIs, done up for the King’s first All-Star Game, are super clean. Though they may not be the most visually striking ASG sneaker we’ve ever seen, there is something about the understated simplicity that we really love about these. Enough so that we’re willing to give them the top spot in 2005.

2005 Honorable Mention - Nike Shox VC 4 All-Star Edition

Worn by: Vince Carter

Of course, you can’t have an All-Star sneaker list without including Vince Carter. And though these VC4 Shox weren’t our all-time favorite of Carter’s All-Star kicks, they’re still awesome nearly 10 years later. There is something to be said for that.

2006 Best - Nike Air Zoom Kobe 1 "All-Star" PE

Worn by: Kobe Bryant

One of our favorite Kobe signatures of all time, the Air Zoom Kobe 1, lays claim to the top spot for ASG sneakers in 2006. Though official product shots are sparse (ASG kicks were less popular way back in 2006), the on-foot and in-game pics of this Kobe 1 PE are just plain sweet.

2006 Honorable Mention - Nike Air Force 1 High Red/White-Blue "Ostrich"

Worn by: Rasheed Wallace

Rasheed Wallace is one of our favorite NBA players/personalities of all time. He’s also a huge sneakerhead and, in particular, a connoisseur of the Air Force One, having several PEs under his belt (also, he has a title belt – but we’ll save that for a different post). These Ostrich-laced Air Force 1 High’s he strapped up for the 2006 All Star Game are just dope, and good enough to take runner-up honors that year.

2007 Best - Nike Zoom Lebron 4 All-Star

Worn by: LeBron James

Though we’re particular to the gold colorway LeBron laced up for the 2007 Skills Challenge, the shoes he wore in the actual All-Star Game were more similar to his “Graffiti” colorway. Regardless of our personal preference, the All-Star LeBron IV he actually wore during the big game were more than dope enough to take top honors for best All-Star Game shoe of 2007.

2007 Honorable Mention - Nike Zoom Kobe II "All-Star" PE

Worn by: Kobe Bryant

Perhaps it’s the similarity to one of LeBron’s signature colorways (Christ the King), that makes us like the Kobe II “All-Star” so much. But, whatever it is, it doesn’t matter because these are hot. This maroon and gold beauty was strong enough to take the runner up spot in 2007.

2008 Best - Air Jordan XX3 "West" PE

Worn by: Carmelo Anthony

The Air Jordan XX3 drew a lot of debate, both positive and negative, from sneakerheads when it dropped in 2008. We’ve seen some really awesome colorways and some, well, not so awesome ones. But if these PEs, made for Carmelo Anthony released at retail, that debate might be a little more one-sided. These are clean enough to take the top spot for All-Star sneakers in 2008.

2008 Honorable Mention - Nike Zoom LeBron V All-Star

Worn by: LeBron James

Though its not his most popular silhouette, the LeBron V is a dope basketball shoe. And the All-Star colorway Nike put together in 2008 was second to only the Jordan XX3. Which is to say, the ASG colorway was pretty dope.

2009 Best - Nike Zoom Kobe 4 "All Star"

Worn by: Kobe Bryant

Beginning with the IV, Nike went low-cut with the Kobe signature line and the decision resulted in tremendous success, as seen with the All-Star colorway, our pick for top ASG sneaker of 2009. We also love the great use of Flywire on the upper, that dope clear outsole, and the interesting asymmetrical toe box.

2009 Honorable Mention - Air Jordan 2009 PE

Worn by: Joe Johnson

Sure, the Air Jordan 2K9 may not be a historical peak for the signature line. But, the PE Jordan Brand cooked up for (at the time) Atlanta’s Joe Johnson, was one of the best colorways the silo ever saw. We liked it enough to give it honorable mention for that year’s All-Star Game.

2010 Best - Nike Air Max LeBron VII Chlorine Blue

Worn by: LeBron James

The Nike LeBron VII is, simply put, a classic shoe. A future classic, maybe. But a classic nonetheless. And this “Chlorine Blue” colorway that Nike put together for Lebron’s sixth All Star Game appearance, is one of the more memorable colorways to ever hit the silo. And certainly good enough for top ASG sneaker of 2010.

2010 Honorable Mention - Nike Zoom Kobe V "All-Star"

Worn by: Kobe Bryant

Reminiscent of a future hit colorway, the Kobe V All Star shares a lot of similarity with the extremely dope Kobe VI Barcelona…which is never a bad thing. That being said, the ASG Kobe V gets the runner-up spot for 2010, thanks to the very strong effort put forth by the “Chlorine” LeBron VII.

2011 Best - Nike Zoom Kobe VI All Star

Worn by: Kobe Bryant

The Kobe VI is one of our favorite silhouettes from the Black Mamba’s entire tenure with Nike, and the ASG colorway is just banging. It may not have received as much hype as the “Grinch” or “Barcelona” colorways, but in 2011, the Kobe VI was the best ASG sneaker.

2011 Honorable Mention - Air Jordan 2011 PE

Worn by: Ray Allen

Hot on the heels of the super dope Kobe VI, the All Star PE of the Air Jordan 2011 that JB cooked up for Ray Allen was fantastic. Too bad we never got a shot at these at retail.

2012 Best - Nike Zoom KD IV "All-Star"

Worn by: Kevin Durant

Oooohhh baby! The kicks on display in 2012 will likely go down as one of, if not the, greatest All-Star Games for sneakers ever. That being said, the KD IV, our pick for top ASG sneaker of 2012, is something special. This might actually be the best ASG shoe ever released. Yeah, we said it.

2012 Honorable Mention - Nike Foamposite One "Galaxy"

Worn by: Rajon Rondo

Taking honorable mention in 2012 was the ridiculous Nike Foamposite One “Galaxy.” No slouch itself, the Galaxy Foams may take the award for most memorable release in ASG history, due to the absurd hype and insane release (and subsequent resale) surrounding this one. Not to mention what it did to elevate the popularity of the silo itself. Though this wasn’t a signature sneaker for any player in particular, Rajon Rondo broke some necks by lacing these babies up during the game.

2013 Best - Nike Zoom Kobe 8 "Area 72"

Worn by: Kobe Bryant

Though there was some serious competition from the other big ASG releases (mostly from Nike themselves), the Kobe 8 “Area 72″ took top honors in 2013. With it’s planetary-like design, and loud orange colorway, the Kobe 8 “Area 72″ was one of our favorites to ever hit the silo. And that says a lot considering how many colorways the 8 saw.

2013 Honorable Mention - Nike Air Max Hyperposite PE

Worn by: LaMarcus Aldridge

In the past few years, Nike has really put in some work on the big man-friendly Air Max Hyperposite, spinning up all kinds of crazy PE colorways. But, even though it couldn’t overcome the strength of the Kobe 8, the PE done up for Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge was fantastic. Good enough to leap frog the other big 2013 ASG releases to take honorable mention. But make no mistake, Blake Griffin’s Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 Supreme “Galaxy” PE was extremely dope as well.

2014 Best - Nike KD VI "Illusion"

Worn by: Kevin Durant

With all the hype surrounding Nike’s big Gumbo League collection, the clear winner of the pack was undoubtedly the KD VI “Illusion.” All-Star release or not, this would have been a hot seller. KD yet again takes top honors this year.

2014 Honorable Mention - Nike Zoom HyperRev

Worn by: Kyrie Irving

You can bet we’ll see more from Nike’s latest major hoop silhouette, the Zoom HyperRev. The player exclusive the Swoosh dialed up for the sneaker’s signature athlete, Kyrie Irving, is the wildest colorway yet. We’re really starting to come around on this one and there are quite a few who want this iteration to hit retail.


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  • RapDiablo

    The fact that they didn’t mention the aqua 8’s is bad

    • Really now…

      Decade… Decade… Decade

    • Laced Heat

      aqua 8s didnt come out within the last 10 years why would they mention them?

  • Nick

    this list is way off

  • Corybknows

    What about the Kryptonates? That’s gotta be on this list.

  • Time2ballup

    Personally, I think the Area 72 LBJ X was straight fiyah. No disrespect to the other ASG color combos but those were dope.


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