Gilbert Arenas has a pretty complicated relationship with shoes.
Way back in 2006, he got mad at adidas for not giving him a signature shoe when they were in the process of making him a signature shoe. Then, prior to the 2007-08 season, Arenas convinced adidas to make him 20 different versions of his second signature model, all of which were to be unveiled in different cities throughout the season. Gil went on to play all of 13 games that season before playing two the next year, ruining adidas’ complicated launch plans. After that, thanks to the gun incident, Arenas played just 31 games for the Wizards last season and lost his shoe deal in the process.
Since making his return, free from any shoe association, Gilbert’s been going in to his own personal collection for kicks. He’s worn everything from Jordan Brand to Under Armour, but last night’s bad riders take the cake — a pair of Dolce & Gabbanas that retail for at least $395.
Off the top of my head, I’d guess that those are probably the most expensive shoes ever worn in an NBA game. Maybe the original Air Jordan Is that Michael Jordan busted out during his “last” game against the Knicks were worth more on account of them being vintage shoes, but even today similar models go for about $150. In fact, the most costly performance sneakers I can remember — Nike Foamposite One — sold for just $200 when they were released and worn by Penny Hardaway. These are double that and they’re not even made for basketball.
So basically, Gilbert Arenas is the kind of guy who will wear shoes that cost as much as a suit during a basketball game, even though they’re not technically a hoops shoe. It’s no wonder he thought nothing of dumping in Andray Blatche’s shoes. After all, those were probably only worth $160, tops. Chump change.
(via Nice Kicks)