As a bro who has been known to wear a pair of brightly colored sneakers from time to time, I’m well aware of how easily noticed a super colorful shoe can be, particularly when one is in a bathroom stall. That is kind of the point (not the bathroom part). Marc Gasol knows what I’m talking about, as he took the court wearing a pair of bright pink shoes for the first half of last night’s Grizzlies-Magic preseason tilt. Only he did it for a good cause, not just to look cool.

Those shoes up there are the Nike Air Foamposite One “Polarized Pink” edition, which aren’t yet available in North America but soon will be, and that’s what was on Marc’s feet for the first half of last night’s game in an effort to raise awareness for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pretty cool, especially coming from a player who’s not known for flashy looks or being a guy who looks like he’d wear pink very often. Ergo, you know it must mean something to Marc Gasol if he’s going to play basketball in a pair of pink shoes.

Marc only played one half in the Foamposites before switching to a pair of white and black Nike Hyperdunk 2012s, which kind of proves that he was just doing it for a reason. It’s a small gesture, but that doesn’t mean it’s insignificant.