There’s more than one reason sneakerheads get to look forward to the holidays. The longstanding tradition of special basketball sneaker colourways, reissues and releases continues with these hot drops the week of Christmas Day.
The Nike 2013 Christmas Pack
Set to release on the dreaded December 26—a day of massive lineups and returned Christmas gifts—the Nike 2013 Christmas pack of limited edition colourways centres on the brand’s Big Three: Kobe, LeBron and Kevin Durant. As per the holiday, the shoes come adorned with a special feature: their lacelocks are designed as ornaments you can hang up on your tree next year (or, if you can’t wait, your rear view mirror—we’re not judging).
Kobe 8 System SS Christmas
He’s back in full force, and so is his shoe deal. The Black Mamba’s 8s return with metallic scales affixed to a nearly-invisible mesh layer for his most crazily-textured shoe release to date. Translucent neon green soles and branding plus gold details give it more shine than your Christmas tree lights.
LeBron 11 Christmas
The latest take on LeBron’s shoe fuses winter-fresh mint and metallic red ornamentation, then frosts it over with a subtle tonal arctic snowflake print below the laces. This one’s also got translucent soles, and even LeBron’s signature on the arch burns ruby red.
KD VI Christmas
Durant’s Christmas shoe outshines the rest as the most truly holiday-inspired, with glossy red and gold body and alpine green soles. Most notable, however, is a print on the inside of each shoe reminiscent of your traditional ugly Christmas sweater, which features his jersey number “knit” around the cuff.
Adidas Crazy 1 Kobe Retro in Sunshine
This year, we’re partying like it’s the year 2000, because the millennium’s coolest sneak, the Adidas Crazy 1, is set to return the day after Christmas. This ghost of Kobe’s championship-winning past will rematerialize in the Sunshine colourway, with a design mimicking that of a sportscar (grills and all).
Kobe Prelude IV
As the latest installment of Kobe’s Prelude pack that began its seminal release earlier this year, this low-cut, paint-splattered purple sneak pays artistic homage to Kobe being picked as the NBA Finals MVP for the first time back in 2009. Somewhat hidden on the back of the heel just above his jersey number are the words “All [star] MVP.”