For sneakerheads, All-Star Weekend is a bit like Christmas and New Year’s Eve wrapped into one sweet package of hot sneaker releases, and this year was no different. NBA players debuted special edition kicks and never-seen-before colourways left and right during this year’s 2015 All-Star Game, and we were there to see them first. Here are our favourites.
Lebron James: Special edition LeBron 12
LeBron James debuted a special All-Star Game edition of his LeBron 12 sneakers while representing the Eastern Conference. The kicks officially released the same day, Feb. 14. The new colourway makes use of a transparent Volt sole and features translucent green details along the tongue and heel.
James Harden: Nike Hyperchase PE
Like Westbrook, James Harden has been criminally denied a shoe of his own for quite some time now. Makes sense that we saw him wearing the next best thing. Released on Feb. 12, the brand-new Nike Hyperchase PE sneakers, while not a signature model per se, were built around Harden’s play style with a focus on lateral and vertical movement. These particular kicks feature a custom colourway just for the occasion.
Klay Thompson: ANTA Sports KT Fire
One of the few Chinese kicks hitting the floor over All-Star Weekend, Klay Thompson debuted these new signature KT Fire sneakers during the main event. ANTA Sports announced that Thompson signed an endorsement deal with the brand just prior to the All-Star game. If you haven’t heard of the brand yet, you will, soon. Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo, Luis Scola and Chandler Parsons are already part of the sportswear brand’s star-studded NBA lineup.
Carmelo Anthony: Jordan Melo M11
Carmelo Anthony debuted his new Jordan Melo M11 sneakers, made specially for All-Star Weekend as part of Jordan Brand’s new Pearl Pack. True to form, they feature reflective threading and a white sheen reminiscent of pearls. The pack also includes special All-Star 2015 editions of the Jordan Super.Fly 3, Jordan CP3.VIII and Air Jordan XX9.
Kevin Durant: KD 7 All-Star/Zoom City
The special purple and pink KD 7 colourway that Kevin Durant debuted during the All-Star Game paid homage to host city of New York, which was rebranded by Nike as “Zoom City” for the duration of the festivities. The shoe officially dropped Feb. 13.
Russell Westbrook: Air Jordan 29 PE
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