If you do a Google search for “dwyane wade best dressed,” you’re going to get more than 1.6 million results. That’s a lot of results. If everybody in Philadelphia, including Benjamin Franklin, put up a post on the Internet about Dwyane Wade being the best dressed something or other, that’s about how many results you’d get. And we all know Benjamin Franklin loves blogging about NBA style.
But anyway, Dwyane Wade is widely regarded as being one of the best dressed players in the NBA. When you see the fashion insights he gave GQ, you’ll see why. Here’s Dwyane talking about how clothes can make you feel good:
“I’ve played for the Miami Heat my whole career under Pat Riley,” Wade says. “Mr. GQ himself. So when I pick out my outfits before a game, I’m already feeling confident. And some of that swagger stays with me when I take the court.”
Very Chris Bosh of him to say that dressing well translates to on-court swagger. They have to have talked about this at some point. Maybe in a preseason meeting or something, the team’s superstars stood up and addressed the team, telling them that they all needed to look their best if they wanted to compete for a championship. This “dress well to play well” mentality seems to run deep in the Heat, so it must have been a major talking point during the season. Just keep that in mind when you see these guys peacocking in pregame b-roll footage.
He also talked about the pressure associated with
playing dressing on the Heat.
“I’m on a team with LeBron James and Chris Bosh, and they both dress well,” Wade says. “It gets competitive. If I don’t bring my A game, they’re going to outshine me.”
Seems pretty obvious to me that these guys would have a style competition every night of the season. After all, cool clothes means you play better, so why wouldn’t you want to look your best? At this point, looking the flyest is almost as important as getting extra shots up in practice.
And how do you look the flyest? It’s simple. Just be yourself, even if that self wears black toenail polish.
“Three years ago I was like, ‘Man, I kind of want to paint my toenails black,’ ” Wade tells me. We’re on-set at a Manhattan photo studio right now his feet are covered by striped Paul Smith socks and size 14 Jordans. “At first I thought, ‘Nah, I can’t do that. They’re going to kill me.’ But eventually I decided to try it.” He went to Miami’s Mondrian hotel and asked a shocked pedicurist to give him the Marilyn Manson treatment. “Later I was on vacation in the Bahamas with LeBron,” Wade says, laughing, “and when he saw my toes he was like, ‘Something is seriously wrong with you.’ But eventually Bron was like, ‘You know what? You’re crazy, but that’s just you.’ When I first got into the league, I tried to fit in. Now I don’t care.”
For as much as Twitter has connected us to our favorite athletes, we still can’t know whether or not they have black toenails. (Unless they decide to Twitpic their feet, which could be a goldmine as the foot fetish market is quite lucrative. Just throwing that our there. C.R.E.A.M. Get the money.) I’d venture a guest that not a ton of the NBA’s players rock polished toesies, but I could be wrong. Nick Young and Brandon Jennings maybe, but there aren’t a bunch of guys who stick out as painted toes dudes to me.
Of course, I wouldn’t have guessed Dwyane Wade was in to that either, and I was totally wrong. Maybe all it takes is one superstar saying he likes his toes painted for the rest of the guys in the league to copy him. After Wade tricked everybody in to wearing tights, I wouldn’t be surprised.