With NBA All-Star Weekend taking over Los Angeles this week, we hit you with a little something to look forward to on the sneaker front, all while paying homage to hoopers and kicks from the past. We highlight the signature sneakers that you’ll want to cop this week at Finish Line and keep an eye out for during the weekend’s festivities, in addition to some of the best from previous All-Star games and events.
LeBron James, Steph Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant — they’ll all be lacing up extra special heat from their respective brands, much of which we haven’t even seen yet. As far as past NBA All-Star contests, it’s hard not to show love to MJ, Kobe, and A.I., among others, and the shoes they rocked accordingly.
2018’s NBA All-Star festivities kick off on Friday, February 16, all leading up to Sunday night’s All-Star Game, featuring an all-new format that sees Team LeBron take on Team Steph.
Nike Kyrie 4
Kyrie Irving’s fourth signature sneaker with the Swoosh is highlighted by some of the brand’s go-to tooling in Flywire and Zoom Air cushioning. The now Celtics point guard will be lacing up the hoops sneaker in his fifth All-Star Game in his young career.
Reebok Question (2001)
A.I., pound for pound one of the best to ever pick up a basketball, no doubt had one of the more impactful signature lines in hoops. In 2001, Iverson laced up the iconic Reebok Question on route to winning the MVP of the All-Star Game.
Nike LeBron 15
LeBron has already worn a slew of colorways of the LeBron 15 this season, as the shoe is one of the most celebrated LBJ signatures even in its early stages of release. The silhouette boasts next-generation Flyknit throughout the upper, paired with Flywire cables that wrap around the midfoot and quilted details, all while noting full-bootie construction.
Nike Air Max LeBron 7 "Chlorine Blue" (2010)
Just like many others, LeBron could certainly be featured on this list multiple times. One of his standout All-Star moments undeniably came when he sported the “Chlorine Blue” Air Max LeBron 7 in 2010. The kicks in turn jumpstarted a stellar performance where Bron scored 25 points and helped the East beat the West that year.
Nike Zoom KD 10
Kevin Durant’s KD 10 is ultimately designed to adhere to the superstar’s versatile playing style. A Flyknit upper offers breathability, stretch, and support, while the Dynamic lacing system provides a lock-down fit, and the Zoom Air unit is responsible for responsive cushioning.
Nike Air Jordan 1 (1984)
The greatest player of all-time donning one of the most influential silhouettes ever in an All-Star Game — is there really anything more that need be said here?
adidas Dame 4
Adidas is going all in on the Dame 4, even going so far as to blessing Lillard with a must-have BAPE collab. The mid-top sneaker welcomes a lightweight mesh upper, bootie construction for a snug fit, customizable lacing, and a shock absorbing Bounce midsole for energized comfort.
Nike Zoom Kobe 1 (2006)
The Zoom Kobe 1 is where it all started with Bryant for his first signature shoe with Nike back in 2006. Twelve years later, Nike and Kobe have teamed up to bring back the sneaker in a modernized form dubbed the Kobe 1 Protro, which breaks down to ‘performance retro.’
Jordan Why Not Zero.1
Russ has finally gotten his own Jordan Brand basketball signature. Boasting a head-turn-worthy design, the shoe is meant to mimic Westbrook’s eye-catching play, as well as his outlandish off-court style. The Why Not Zero.1 is highlighted by its stable construction that in turn minimizes response when Russ makes those rapid cuts and explosive movements.
adidas TMAC III (2004)
What’s not to love about the mix-and-match look of the TMAC III? Designed to mimic Tracy’s high-flying and aggressive playing style, T-Mac had one of the more memorable dunks in an All-Star Game by going off the glass to himself, of course while flexing the TMAC III.
Paul George and Nike follow up the success of his debut signature shoe the PG1, with the appropriately titled PG2 that continues to evolve the shoe for George’s versatile play. From offense to defense, the PG2 is ready right from tip-off with improved grip and more Zoom.
Reebok Shaqnosis (1996)
Big men rarely get shine when it comes to signature sneakers; it’s just the way it is. Back in the ’90s though, the likes of Shaq and Shawn Kemp, among others, helped transfer attention to forwards and centers and the sneakers they rocked accordingly. In 1996, Shaq led the way for the Eastern Conference squad, cashing in on 25 points and throwing down an unforgettable dunk over David Robinson.
Under Armour Curry 4
Under Armour has no doubt done a great job bettering the design of Steph’s signature line in recent models. Remember how bad he was ragged for those just a couple years ago? Optioned in mid and low-top iterations, the Curry 4 has a knit internal sleeve providing a snug fit, a speed plate designed to handle explosive movement, and a cross-centric traction pattern to enhance grip.
adidas Harden Vol. 2
James has yet to rock the Harden Vol. 2 in an NBA game (at least at the time this article was written), but the sneaker is already one of the most anticipated signatures of the year. A TPU-coated yarn provides the shoe’s upper with strength in motion, while full-length Boost cushioning gives added support. And as with a number of other recent performance sneakers, the Vol. 2 welcomes customizable lacing for enhanced lock-down.