The start of a new NBA season may as well be the beginning of a new year—new rosters, new goals, new expectations. Why shouldn’t your sneakers be new as well? Around this time of year, we get our hands on some of the most eagerly-anticipated drops just in time for another 82 games of play. Below, we found five of the most clutch start-of-season releases you should consider grabbing off the shelves right now.
Nike LeBron 12 ‘Heart of a Lion’
The latest LeBron 12 colourway, “Heart of a Lion,” dropped on October 30, featuring a clean white and red scheme. Its release coincided with LeBron James’ (second) debut on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ roster and their first at-home game. The new LeBron 12s feature Nike Zoom Air bags over key pressure points on the foot to boost acceleration. The original colourway, NSRL, released earlier that same month.
Slam Dunk x Jordan Super.Fly 3
Part of Nike’s new “Slam Dunk” collection, these Super.Fly 3s were made available November 1 in two colourways, including this black/white-varisty red palette. On the black mesh upper, they feature sketches of Hanamichi Sakuragi—the fictional protagonist of the Japanese basketball manga series, Slam Dunk—as well as his roster number, 10. A similar, all-red pair of high-top Air Jordan VIs was released as part of the same pack.
Nike KD VII Lifestyle ‘Ice Blue’
Released October 31, these are one of only a handful of Kevin Durant signature shoes built to be worn specifically off the court. Tribal details and an ostrich leather upper hint at Oklahoma City’s native roots, while the down-to-earth construction, translucent midsole and leather lace loops all scream KD.
Nike Kobe 9 Elite ‘Victory’
The “Victory” colourway of the high-top Nike Kobe 9s refers to Kobe Bryant’s past, and very numerous, victories. They released on Halloween, the same day the Lakers took on the Clippers on their own home turf. The FlyKnit upper in Volt makes for an especially light shoe, while the gold Nike swoosh adds some welcome character.
Jordan Melo M10 PE Jabari Parker
Jabari Parker, the Milwaukee Bucks rookie who recently made waves when he was added to the Jordan Brand roster, has officially been welcomed into the family with his first signature shoe. The special pair of Jordan Melo M10 PEs pay homage to the Bucks’ team colours, featuring green accents over a white upper for a perfectly understated high-top.