The Eastern Conference prevailed over the Western Conference in the highest-scoring NBA All-Star Game in history on Sunday. But while many were loving the jaw-dropping dunks and immense star power on display, others were gushing over the eye-catching footwear.
The All Star Game has all the sweetest shoes it's honestly unreal..— Henry Morris (@HankTheTank95) February 17, 2014
Here we'll take a closer look at some of the most buzz-worthy shoes from the 63rd NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.
A favorite to win MVP honors going into Sunday's game, LeBron James came ready to play in these jazzy kicks, which were a perfect match for New Orleans and the Eastern Conference uniform, per The Palm Beach Post's Jason Lieser:
Although LeBron will have a tough time pinning his 0-of-7 three-point shooting performance on his shoes, he can credit his sneakers for helping him soar through the air on dunk after dunk.
LeBron, who won All-Star Game MVP honors the last time the game was held in the Big Easy back in 2008, finished with 22 points, seven boards and seven assists for the East.
LeBron's Miami Heat and Eastern Conference teammate, Chris Bosh, rocked a similar style, but one that was slightly more challenging on the eyes, per Lieser:
Chris Bosh's shoes for All-Star Game. pic.twitter.com/gbz5R5fX4a— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) February 16, 2014
For Nike, the goal was to create designs that captured the culture of New Orleans, per Nike.com
A “gumbo” in the cultural sense, New Orleans is an eclectic mix of characters, music, cuisine and art. You can’t rush gumbo… It requires an instinctive balance of heat, spice and creativity. Inspired by the flavors and stories of the Big Easy, Nike cooked up a bold mix of technical innovation, aesthetic flair and old-fashioned New Orleans traditions for some of the world’s best basketball players: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant.
While LeBron and Bosh were sporting the purple, All-Star Game MVP Kyrie Irving opted for a green-and-black look to match his socks.
Say what you want about his style, but Irving's kicks certainly delivered as he scored 31 points and dished out 14 assists to propel the East past the West for the first time in four years.
For the Western Conference, Stephen Curry appeared ready to suit up for the Phoenix Suns with these bright-colored shoes.
Meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony, who knocked down eight three-pointers—an All-Star Game record—en route to scoring 30 points, decided to go with a more subtle approach.
Slam Dunk Contest winner John Wall led the East's bench with a dozen points and certainly caught the eye of a few sneakerheads in these Washington Wizards-inspired kicks.
Regardless of whether you tune in for the game or the shoes, everyone can appreciate unique style every now and then. And while the debate between bright or dull colors tends to be a polarizing one when it comes to basketball sneakers, there's no denying that this year's footwear was awfully fun to look at one way or the other.
With the uniforms changing each and every year, you can bet 2015 will bring even more exclusive shoe styles.
As the All-Star Game is designed with the fans and entertainment in mind, it's only natural that the NBA and its stars showcase their most intriguing footwear on a night that celebrates the best players, athleticism and talent the league has to offer.
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