CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It was 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend, and the Queen City was transformed into a mecca of sneakers. Customs were commissioned and executed for athletes, celebrities and even a coach, utilizing every concept and color imaginable. And the bar for player-exclusive (PE) sneakers reached new heights of design and storytelling.
Kawhi Leonard debuted his first New Balance shoe. Puma released its second on-court sneaker of the NBA season, continuing to prove that the brand’s return to basketball is in full effect. Adidas channeled Charlotte’s rich racing history on kicks for Damian Lillard, James Harden and Kyle Lowry. The young Hamidou Diallo leapt over Shaquille O’Neal all the way to the Slam Dunk Contest trophy in a fresh pair of Under Armours that repped his upbringing. And as for Chinese sneaker giant Li-Ning, the company sent Dwyane Wade out in style in the final All-Star Game of his career. The weekend also delivered the long-awaited drop of the Adapt BB — Nike’s first auto-lacing performance basketball sneaker.
Meanwhile, the Swoosh made the sneaker world bow down to heat fit for a King — on LeBron James’ feet. And of course, in Hornets owner Michael Jordan’s city, the Jordan Brand showed out with an extensive All-Star collection featuring the retro release of the iconic “Infrared” Air Jordan 6, which MJ wore in 1991, the last time Charlotte hosted the All-Star Game. In honor of the GOAT, whose 56th birthday fell on the same day of the 68th edition of the NBA All-Star Game, these are the top 23 pairs of sneakers spotted by The Undefeated throughout the weekend.
Damian Lillard’s dame 5 PE
James Harden’s harden Vol. 3 PE
Kyle Lowry’s marquee Low Boost Low PE
Russell Westbrook’s “All-Star” Jordan Why Not Zer0.2
Blake Griffin in the “Infrared” Air Jordan 6
Kemba Walker’s steve Wiebe x Air Jordan 10 PE
Dawn Staley’s Air Jordan 1 Custom by the original Shoe Chef
Lamarcus Aldridge in the travis Scott Air Jordan 33
Shareef O’neal’s “ultra instinct” Air Jordan 10 Custom by Sierato
“Wings” Air Jordan 4
dwyane wade’s Way of Wade All City 7 Custom by Solesbysir
Kawhi LeonArd’s oMN1s pe
Kyle Kuzma’s adapt bb pe
Rising Stars MVP @kylekuzma taking flight in the Nike Adapt BB PE.
: Bob Donnan pic.twitter.com/jY8pLmSCaj
— SoleCollector.com (@SoleCollector) February 16, 2019
Luka Doncic’s Kobe 4 Protro PE
Quavo’s KD 11 & PG 3 Custom by Mache
Kyrie Irving’s rOKIT Kyrie 5
Lebron JAmes’ “Safari” LeBron 16
Ronnie 2K’s Air More Uptempo by the Shoe Surgeon and Sean Wotherspoon
NBA Celeb Game Kicks#ShoeOfTheYear @TheShoeSurgeon & Sean Wothernspoon killed these! pic.twitter.com/jtG5bwMM1A
— Ronnie 2K 2K19 (@Ronnie2K) February 16, 2019
“Watch the Throne” LeBron 16
U gonna wanna rock these. UPROAR CHARLOTTE. Out now: https://t.co/zyKcFbjLWv pic.twitter.com/Vpj4Woum6r
— PUMA Basketball (@PUMAHoops) February 16, 2019
Hamidou diallo’s m-tag low custom by lcs
During the Slam Dunk Contest, Hamidou Diallo is wearing a custom pair of the Under Armour M-Tag low that feature where he grew up: the LeFrak City apartment developments in central Queens. pic.twitter.com/zIEkJ4GIZE
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 17, 2019
Joel Embiid’s Anatomix Spawn custom by Dez customz and kreative custom kicks