NBA players are not only known for their flashy moves and dazzling slams on the court, they are also renowned for never running short of amazing kicks the viewers would drool over. Curry, James, and Bryant are some of the many players who endorse respective shoe brands by parading it in games and product launches. Here’s a short wrap-up.
FTB Kobe 11
Nike gave a fitting end to Kobe Bryant’s legendary career by issuing 2,000 pairs of this shoe at his last game, April 13, 2016. Nevertheless, Bryant dropped 60 points on his last game as a Laker. The fade to black metaphor is demonstrated by the shoe’s black upper and outsole. Gold coats Nike’s familiar swooshes and so the Mamba Day date (4.13.2016). What really made it special is the fact that Kobe wore this on his last tango, and fans will forever cherish good memories through this souvenir.
However, since Nike manufactured a limited amount of these sneakers, it is being sold at an outrageous price on the black market (approximately 5x the original cost of $200) just a day after the game. Just imagine how much of a fortune it would cost now.
Nike Zoom Soldier 10
These bad boys were the shoes that helped Lebron James claim the Larry O’ Brien trophy in the 2016 NBA Finals, despite being down 1-3 in the series. Sales for majority of Nike’s LBJ shoes, including this one, have skyrocketed after James brought Cleveland’s title drought to an end.
Some of the shoes’ upside include traction on clean floors, heel Zoom, stability, and that low to ground feeling. It’s also true to size.
Meanwhile, its downside include that of being below average on dusty floors, little to zero midfoot support, terrible heel slip and containment, and economy materials.
Shoe enthusiasts may even argue that there are tons of quality yet not-so-expensive shoes out there that better the Soldier 10. That, however, does not prevent Cavs fans and collectors from rushing to Nike retail stores to grab hold of the shoe that helped complete “The Block.”
Under Armour Curry 2
Curry’s back-to-back MVP seasons and his act of breaking his own 3 point shots made are enough to create the craze for this shoe pair. Following a successful release of the Curry 1s, Under Armour seemingly created a seemingly improved twin in the Curry 2s.
WearTesters, on their performance review of the shoe, wrote that “Overall – The traction and fit are their best attributes, and that alone is enough to make these one of my personal top picks of 2015. Their support isn’t going to be for everyone, but as long as you know what you want and need from a shoe then you’ll likely make the right decision after reading through some reviews.”
They also argued that the pair is best for players playing guard, but not as impactful for larger players. Its materials and support are the likely chink on its armor, but its traction, cushion, and fit more than makes up for it.
Play like the MVP, they said.
Nike Kyrie 2 Inferno
Honestly, I was about to put KD 8 but that changed when Durant went in the Warriors’ gravy train and made the “I’m not an $88 player” remark.
Kidding aside, there are innumerable upsides this shoe has. For one, it has a great cushioning system. I never had any discomfort with it when I am about to blow by defenders or pull up a jumper.
Second, it feels light wearing the sneakers. That probably helped Kyrie in taking Steph to school in the Finals. Third, just look at that zesty color –it’s sure to make any mall stranger take a second glance.
Well, that’s pretty much what I’ve in store for you guys. These are some of the shoes I found catchy for this year. It doesn’t necessarily mean that these were manufactured and released in 2016; it’s just that some are the amazing shoes bannered by athletes that made a mark last season. So, are jerseys next on your list? Wagadoo houses some of the superior and economic sport apparels in town.