NBA Style: Spotlight On Playoff Shoes

NBA Style
By the Style Crew

A player’s shoes always make a statement. Pregame, many choose to go with high-fashion dress shoes or sneakers. During games, a player can have career-defining moments that get memorialized by the shoes he wore. A player’s in-game sneakers often represent more than athletic performance. Notes can be seen scribbled across the sides, or logos crafted specifically for the player become globally recognizable symbols that represent the growth and influence of the game. In fact, the global aspect of basketball extends to shoes, as several NBA players now endorse Chinese shoe companies.

In this spotlight, we will highlight both the sneakers worn during the game, and the shoes that made the biggest statements during arrivals. As always, keep up with the conversation using #NBAStyle.

James Harden is a known risk taker, and goes all-out with multi-colored studded sneakers, which he pairs with a printed button down.

Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Four

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Derrick Rose wore finely tailored, classic suits throughout the playoffs. A few of his shoe choices, however, punch up the traditional colors and styles of his outfits. Wearing a fitted dark gray suit, Rose uses checkered red sneakers to bring out the color in his pocket square. With a gray/blue blazer and tan slacks, Rose mixes it up with vintage looking brown and white spectator shoes.

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Mike Conley pairs a printed tee and black blazer with futuristic looking Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers.

Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

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Chris Bosh dresses down the vest and pants from a three-piece suit with matching gray sneakers.

Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Four

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Here’s a mix of the different brands that players have worn on the court during the 2013 playoffs.

LeBron James in several colorways of his signature Nike LeBron X, including the special edition from his MVP night.

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Dwyane Wade in his eponymous Way of Wade models for Li-Ning.

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Iman Shumpert and Mike Conley repping adidas.

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Kevin Durant wearing the Nike KD V’s.

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Carmelo Anthony in the Jordan Brand Melo M9.

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Stephen Curry in Nike, with the handwritten message “I can do all things…”

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DeAndre Jordan representing Under Armour.

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Gerald Green with the throwback Reebok “Shaq Attaq” model.

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  1. shannon moore says:

    wow! well he is going in style. rock them shoes. i really like them shoes. great style!!! keep doing that and he will be the best styled man ever

  2. marlon says:

    Them shoes r stupid fresh

  3. A lot of fresh kicks. Nice to have this curated by the people who have the best seats (
    Also props to the new generation of players putting style and flair on and off the court.

  4. syncere Johnson says:

    Love the colors

  5. Kiyana says:

    It’d nice to see that people have a sense of humor & others are not following others

  6. Zoom says:

    All these kicks look so fresh. Especially the one James Harden in wearing.