NBA All-Star Game 2012: Grading Every Pair of 2012 All-Star Kicks
The 2012 NBA All-Star Game is only a little more than one week away, and you know what that means.
It means NBA fans are preparing for an underwhelming 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, the ridiculously hyped first-ever Rising Stars Challenge and most of all, the unveiling of the 2012 line of All-Star shoes from Nike, Jordan and Adidas.
Which 2012 All-Star shoe rises to the top, receiving the highest grade of all?
Read on to find out.
Jordan Melo M8 All-Star: D
We start off with an incredibly underwhelming All-Star shoe in the Melo M8.
This shoe looks as fresh if not fresher than the regular-season version of the Melo M8, but it isn't a regular-season version. It's an All-Star version, and to make such a generic All-Star version of the M8 is just a shame. Jordan could have added a lot of different color accents to make this shoe stand out a lot more.
Like always, Jordan pumps out one of many generic 2012 NBA All-Star shoes. Seriously, Jordan, step up your game.
Jordan Fly Wade 2 All-Star: D+
Come on, Jordan. At least look like you put effort into the overall design of your NBA All-Star shoes.
Dwyane Wade's Fly Wade 2's are one of the most generic-looking All-Star shoes of the year, and that's the main reason why they are receiving a solid D+. The blue color at least makes the otherwise underwhelming shoe stand out a little bit.
It's like Jordan is purposely trying to make Dwyane Wade stand out less than his fellow Heat frontman, LeBron James, with these boring kicks.
Jordan CP3.V All-Star: C-
Uh-oh, Jordan does it again! Chris Paul's All-Star shoes get a higher score than Wade's, but only because there's a lot more color on them.
CP3's first All-Star shoes as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers fail on a lot of levels, including the "look how generic my shoe is" level, but at least there's a lot of bright red to make the shoe stand out. I'm a big fan of the CP3.V in its regular form, but the red at times makes the shoe look extremely generic.
I'm surprised Jordan didn't add some different color accents on CP3's shoe. It sure would have made them stand out a lot more. Jordan falls short again in producing cool All-Star shoes.
Nike Air Flight One Space Exploration All-Star: C+
Finally, some creativity on this list. Nike stepped up their game this year by making all of their All-Star shoes glow in the dark.
The Nike Air-Flight One is a solid shoe, especially with the enormous glow-in-the-dark nodules on the side. But, the Air Flights fall short on the color scheme, which makes the shoes somewhat generic-looking. The gray color isn't horrendous, but it definitely takes away from the coolness of the shoe.
I'm sure a few of the guys playing in the Rookie-Sophomore Challenge will be rocking this shoe, and hopefully the lights go out so we can see them glow in the dark.
AdiZero 2.5 Rose All-Star: B-
The only Adidas shoe on this list makes quite an impression with an impressive grouping of shades of red.
The one unfortunate thing about the AdiZero 2.5 is that it might not see any action during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, with Derrick Rose suffering from back spasms. The only other gripe I have with the shoe is that Adidas failed to use any color other than red. It would've been nice to see some black or dark grey on the shoe to make the red stand out even more.
If Derrick Rose plays in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, these shoes will undoubtedly be some of the hottest on the court. Well done, Adidas.
Nike Air Zoom Galaxy All-Star: B-
These are custom shoes that Nike didn't design themselves, but either way, they're still pretty hot.
The best part of these remakes of the classic Penny Hardaway shoe is without a doubt the sleek and stylized galaxy look that perfectly accents the dark black on the shoe. The colors remind me of Apple's iconic galaxy themed background, which is a great thing.
While you won't find Nike selling these shoes around the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, because they're customized, they are still some of the coolest-looking All-Star shoes around. Nike should consider hiring whomever made this custom pair of Air Zooms.
Nike Kobe Air Zoom VII Big Bang All-Star: B
We have finally gotten into Nike's signature-players collection, starting off with the Kobe VII "Big Bang."
Nike went all out with their signature NBA All-Star lineup, making the soles of each shoe with glow-in-the-dark material that will really make the shoes stand out. What makes these shoes so solid is the material that's on the outer part of the shoe that looks like an Aurora.
Nike could have added some brighter contrast colors to make the shoe stand out even more.
Nike Foamposite Space Exploration All-Star: B+
Nike's Foamposite line of basketball shoes is undoubtedly a classic.
The Foamposite has been around since the mid-1990s, and there have been some seriously awesome variations between then and now—like Nate Robinson's neon-green "Kryptonite" version just a few years ago.
What makes this year's version so great is the ridiculously cool-looking galaxy design and the fact that the soles glow in the dark.
There's nothing that says "2012 NBA All-Star Game" like a solid pair of galactic, glow-in-the-dark Nike Foamposites. While these aren't signature shoes, they will undoubtedly be worn by some of the players in the 2012 All-Star Rising Stars Challenge.
Nike LeBron IX Galaxy All-Star: A
Nike hit an absolute home run with the All-Star "Galaxy" version of the LeBron IX.
Not only is it original, with the the detailed "The King"-inspired tongue and the ridiculously bright orange colorway. But, as if all of that wasn't enough to make them stand out, they've also got Nike's 2012 All-Star trademark glow-in-the-dark sole.
Nike undoubtedly got the color scheme down here, adding a nice variation of shades of orange and a solid white/grey around the top of the laces that contrasts the bold coloring nicely. Nike's take on the All-Star version of the LeBron IX is pretty epic, outdoing fellow Nike signature athlete Kobe Bryant with ease.
Here's hoping the lights go out in Orlando during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, so we can see the Nike signature shoes actually glow in the dark.
Nike Zoom KD IV Galaxy All-Star: A+
The Nike Zoom KD IV Galaxy takes home the honor of being the only All-Star shoe on this list to get a coveted A+ grade.
Kevin Durant's Nike Zoom Galaxy shoe for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game is the best of the bunch because it features a solid combination of varying colors. If the nice mix of orange, black, purple and green wasn't enough to set the KD IV Galaxy apart, the crazy Pegasus on the tongue of the shoe gets the job done.
I'm not quite sure what a Pegasus has to do with Kevin Durant, but the fact that there's one on the tongue of the KD IV makes the shoe that much more incredible.
The KD IV gets the only A+ out of all the 2012 All-Star shoes, and it just so happens to be the only shoe with a Pegasus. Coincidence? I think not.
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