Since it’s first game back in 1951, the All Star Games have been a playground for sneakers. Now it’s become more than anyone could have imagined. The celebrity affair is studded with fashion and the industry personas we have come to see each day.
Story By: Kingsley Pascal
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Although showing off your sneakers is nothing new to NBA all star weekend, as it was all the way back in 1996 when Michael Jordan debuted his “Colombia” XI’s (that couldn’t have matched the uni’s more), it was when Kobe brought out the “American Flag” PE’s of his Adidas Kobe II model to honor America during the 2002 game that the tide really began to change with All Star sneaks.
Whether they planned it or not, that was also the same year that Chris Webber donned the loudest shoes, until that point, it was the “chrome” version of his Dada “CDUBBZ” that ruled the world, – back when Tracy McGrady threw the ball to himself off the backboard, which perhaps signified the game less as a time to worry about winning, but more of a time for flash and fun.
Since 2002 we’ve been accustomed to seeing not only All Star Originals, but sneaker brands like Nike and Adidas releasing their special “All Star Make Up” editions of player signatures, which they’ve been doing for stalwarts like Dwight Howard, Kobe and LeBron for years.
With notable iterations such as the “wheat” Nike Zoom Generation, and the “Kryptonate” Foamposite P.E that Nate Robinson wore in the 2009 dunk contest, it doesn’t look like the head turning intensity that is The All Star Weekend footwear is going anywhere anytime soon.