Two games are played when it comes to playoffs, and both are on the court. NBA players bring their shoe game to the pine as surely as they bring their focus, making the series another great reason for sneakerheads to pay attention. Here are some of the most stylish and least impressive kicks worn by players gunning for championship rings.
Nike Zoom HyperRev
Our third favourite pair of sneaks has also arisen out of the bombastic matchup between LA and Golden State: Klay Thompson’s HyperRevs. His pair is found in a blue and white colour scheme in the Warriors’ team colours that reminds us of his amazing fadeaway jumper that won Game 1 against the Clips. The HyperRevs sport Nike’s Dynamic Flywire for an extra-comfortable feel that’s playoffs-ready.
Jordan Super.Fly 2 PO
Worn by Blake Griffin as Golden State went head to head with the Los Angeles Clippers, these Jordan Brand kicks take simplicity for a walk. Clean lines and a simple black and orange colourway (updated as part of April’s Jordan Brand Playoff Pack) house Flight Plate technology that improves lift off on jumps. It’s also lighter and more durable than 2013’s model.
Nike Kobe 9 Elite PE
Although Jordan Crawford pulled on a pair of these during the Warrior’s ultimately-failed attempt at overcoming LA, we consider it a moral victory. These Elite PEs in a black/yellow colourway feature a supportive high-top construction and gold venting details around the cuff, echoing metallic lace eyelets. A solid yellow sole seals the deal, making this one of the most stylish sneaks we’ve seen yet in the playoffs.
Air Jordan XX8 SE PE
Ray Allen may have gone toe to toe with Alan Anderson in Game 3 of the Miami Heat versus the Brooklyn Nets, but his style hasn’t a fighting chance. The sloppy white and red camouflage make these look more like rubberized stains. Allen’s clutch play and offensive rebound abilities, on the other hand? Can’t argue with those.
Adidas D Rose 4.5
Portland’s Damian Lillard wore a pair of these facing off against the San Antonio Spurs in a daunting series. He may be a rising star when it comes to having one of the most lucrative shoe deals in the game, but perhaps Adidas should work harder on providing a more stylish shoe.
Air Jordan VIII PE
Can’t blame Montana Ellis for grabbing a pair of Air Jordan’s in the Dallas Mavericks’ team colours, but he has no excuse for wearing this pair with their lame lace covers during his series with the Spurs (he does have one of the largest Air Jordan collections in the league, after all).