Top Sneakers Worn During NBA All-Star Weekend 2018
NBA All-Star Weekend 2018 came and went like a whirlwind and left our heads spinning. As we recover from all of the memorable moments, now feels a great time to look back at the best footwear choices by the athletes in Los Angeles.
Check out what kicks we were feeling the most and let us know which ones you couldn't keep your eyes off. Here are the top sneakers worn during All-Star Weekend, L.A. edition.
James Harden: Adidas Harden Vol. 2 'Vision'
Adidas is going full force with its Harden Vol. 2, and what better time to showcase the shoe than All-Star Weekend?
Harden unloaded for Team Stephen sporting the "Vision" cut of his second signature model. Using a series of multicolor profiles around ankle and midsole, this teal-and-white rendition managed to stand out on a court full of exotic choices.
Spencer Dinwiddie: Nike Kobe A.D.
Despite not being named to the NBA All-Star team in a traditional sense, Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie turned up the heat during the skills portion of the show.
Dinwiddie outlasted the competition, capturing the 2018 Skills Challenge trophy. He also pulled this coup off in style, flying around the hardwood in a Carribean-blue and hyper-pink Nike Kobe A.D.
Displayed inside of the house Kobe Bryant build, the Staples Center, Dinwiddie wore a masterful rendition of this forgotten classic.
LeBron James: Nike Air Force 1 Low 'More Than an Athlete'
LeBron James is bigger than the sport he dominates. He's an icon. A cultural hallmark. During All-Star Weekend, King James made sure his critics understood that, using footwear as a stark reminder.
This exclusive pair of Air Force 1 lows made the rounds on social media and stole the show. With "More Than An Athlete" written across the midsoles, the king has made it clear: He will not be intimidated by pundits or critics outside of the basketball world.
The simple white base, grey heel tab and black laces also gave proof the Air Force One will never go out of style.
Donovan Mitchell: Adidas Dame 4 'Venom'
Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell has done everything in his power to become a household name. One year into his NBA career, Mitchell has already won the Slam Dunk Contest and has helped give Adidas a fresh star it can count on to unveil specialized shoes.
During the Dunk Contest, Mitchell wore the cleanest pair of Adidas Dame 4s we've seen to date. These "Venom" Dame 4s came to Los Angeles and stole the show. A luminous pink sole, Venom-etched teeth around the heel and a tonal upper turned out to be as impressive as Mitchell's tribute to Vince Carter.
From explosive dunks to staggering footwear, this was a big All-Star Weekend for Mitchell.
LeBron James: Nike LeBron 15 Low 'Player Exclusive'
When you're the NBA's top sneaker salesmen—as Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes confirmed—you tend to dictate the conversation. King James won All-Star Weekend's sneaker festivities by displaying a collection of electic and bucket-list options.
Take the ridiculous Nike LeBron 15 low "Player Exclusive" James casually wore during warmups. A multi-colored flyknit pattern had the LeBron 15 low looking more like a running shoe than one for hoops.
Let's hope this "Player Exclusive" model eventually makes its way to retailers. Design-wise they feel like a perfect spring shoe.
DeMar DeRozan: Undefeated x Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro 'Red Camo'
Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has become the NBA's defacto Kobe Bryant when it comes to footwear. So it was only right that he broke out the Undefeated x Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protro "Red Camo" during the All-Star Game.
This shoe helped DeRozan continue his tradition of wearing Black Mamba-charged kicks. The Compton, California native not only got to compete in his home city for All-Star Weekend, but he also paid homage to Bryant in the process.
Stephen Curry: Under Armour Curry 4 'Flushed Pink'
Under Armour's Curry 4 remains a breathtaking, legitimate sneaker of the year contender. During the All-Star Game, we saw the coveted "Flushed Pink" edition—inspired by Stephen Curry's wife, Ayesha—on the captain's feet.
The muted pink tonal approach laid over a gleaming white sole gives this particular Curry 4 more of a Don C or boutique-style vibe rather than a traditional NBA shoe. Props to Steph for rocking these kicks during the All-Star Game and making sure everybody understood what's going on with his signature line.
Klay Thompson: Anta KT3 'All-Star'
You have to appreciate Klay Thompson—one of the Golden State Warriors' mainstays—rocking a pair of ANTA kicks over Nike or even Adidas.
His custom pair of ANTA KT3 "All-Stars" came forth during the All-Star Game and to be honest, they're pretty sweet. Dressed down with a silver overtone, these sneakers resemble a cross between an early 2000s Nike model and the current Under Armour Curry 4.
LeBron James: Nike LeBron 15 x Kith
It really wasn't fair. King James kept the heat turned all the way up during All-Star Weekend when he broke out this dazzling Nike x Kith LeBron 15.
Dressed in black with floral embrodiery and a zipper, this shoe is a defining moment for LeBron's line. It's the first model to not only cross over into the realm of streetwear, but straight up dominate it.
Anyone who adores the LeBron 15 would write a blank check to get their hands on this Kith edition. James' rocking them in the All-Star Game is a great achievement for Kith founder Ronnie Fieg.
Russell Westbrook: Jordan Why Not Zer0.1 'City of Flight'
Russell Westbrook's sneaker game has grown exponentially since joining forces with Jordan Brand. From his very own lifestyle kicks to the brand new Jordan Why Not Zer0.1, the Oklahoma City Thunder guard has become a player to watch in footwear.
All-Star Weekend saw the Jordan Why Not Zer0.1 "City Flight" debut, which featured a black and white layover etched with a cohesive mapping design. It turned out to be one of the highlight sneakers from ASW.
Kyrie Irving: Nike Kyring 4 'All-Star'
Kyrie Irving finished his first All-Star Game with the Boston Celtics by wearing a special pair of his Kyrie 4s. The "All-Star" variant was an ambitious, loud and in your face statement piece.
What's unique about Irving's signature series has been his continued desire to push aesthetic boundaries. No color or design is too bold for Irving. As a consumer, you can't help but appreciate that.