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)

Comments (12)

  1. Is it not a story that the trainers in Washington allowed a player to wear that in a game? Doesn’t a fashion shoe lacks adequate cushioning and support for professional basketball?

  2. Hey, they’re on sale. Now only $277.

  3. I wondered the same thing, Simon. But since I do not own $400 shoes, I cannot vouch for their safety.

  4. Oh, those are listed under women’s shoes, too.

  5. A suit should cost more than $400, Trey. ESPECIALLY for an NBA player….just sayin’!

  6. Didn’t he sign a contract with Li Ning this past summer? Since Li Ning recently just landed in the U.S. why don’t he wear Li Ning shoes?

  7. Agree with Megan…My cheapest suit cost me around $650. BD or any NBA players should wear at least $1,000 suit. Some of D&G shirt are about $400.

  8. Wow… SO the most important thing about a suit is its price, not its quality or anything?

    Man, I should start selling suits!

  9. Megan’s right. Suits often cost more than $400, especially for professional athletes. Howevs, $400 for a suit for a normal person isn’t totally crazy. Pretty much the standard starting point, really.

  10. Gilbert gets flack for wearing shoes that actually look good? If money isn’t an option, which it isn’t for Gilbert, why the hell would you choose shoes that look worse (the Nike ones you linked to are ridiculously ugly).

    Who knows, this might start a trend of decent looking shoes on the court.

    And sorry bro, unless you’re shopping at Joseph A. Bank, your suits are going to be more then $400.

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