Remember when Nike gave their three biggest basketball players outer space-themed shoes for the All-Star Game? I really hope so, because that was only like a month ago. But if not, it’s OK to forget about that because there is a new concept pack in town — it’s Nike’s Elite Series 2.0 and it’s superhero-themed because space is so last month.
The Elite Series 2.0 is a continuation of last year’s Elite Series (duh) which itself was a continuation of Nike hooking it’s premier players up with some special shoes for the postseason. (The Lakers better make the playoffs, otherwise, awwwwwk-ward.) All of the shoes are updated versions of the players’ signature shoes, with the main addition being new tech in the form of Kevlar aramid, articulated foam, and carbon fiber reinforcements to make the shoes light and strong. You know, like a superhero’s armor, only significantly less metal.
Style-wise, the colors are a bit strange. LeBron’s are in Knicks colors, Kevin Durant is wearing oversaturated Golden State Warriors blue and yellow and Kobe Bryant is in, gasp, Celtics green which is something we’ve seen before but still feels wrong. I’m sure the real ones they’re going to wear on court will be team appropriate, but for now this is all we’ve seen. Not that the shoes don’t look awesome — I particularly like the low-cut KD V, which reminds me of Roger Federer’s kicks in a very good way — but it is always odd when the first version you see of a shoe doesn’t match the player’s team. Though, to be fair, superheroes tend to match their armor and not their favorite sporting franchise. I mean, Spider-Man would never wear orange and blue shoes.
All three shoes release April 28 and I’m sure they’ll be more expensive than the standard versions of these shoes, what with all that fancy stuff added. No idea if the rest of the armor comes with the shoes, but if not, it’s probably pretty easy to make it yourself. After all, Tony Stark built an entire suit of armor AND arc reactor while trapped in a cave, so I’m sure you can handle a chest plate and some metal leggings.
Lots of pics after the jump. Let’s hear what you think in the comments.
This is one of those stories that matters to a very small number of people, but it just might matter a lot to those people. Box Out Kid, the kid we always see at All-Star Weekend getting all up in the scrums who also somehow showed up on stage at the Heat’s championship celebration, loves the name so much that he’s had some custom shoes made to honor how he’s always getting in everybody’s way.
“Ring Ceremony/Box Out Kid” PE- not everything can be done on ID lol, these were derived from the “Ring Ceremony” PEs Bron wore opening night but with a twist. The customer wanted to represent his son known as “The Box Out Kid” who was onstage last June when the Heat won the championship trophy. He was hard to miss wearing his “Big Bang” 9s so I incorporated @herbjuice custom Big Bang tags to represent his moment.
Mache is pretty much at the top of the shoe customization game, so this is a pretty good get for Box Out Kid, who is apparently going to be going by that from now on. Smart decision. Better to become a brand now, rather than waiting until after high school. I don’t even know what his real name is and I’m glad he dropped it.
But yeah, Box Out Kid has some custom LeBron Xs now, and they legitimately say “Box Out Kid” on them. Outside of some “Durantula” shirts, this is the most successful a TBJ nickname has ever become. Congratulations to us.
Remember the zany, zipup Air Jordan XX8 that Russell Westbrook debuted back in December? Well, they come out this weekend, in honor of both the All-Star Game and Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday. This is the official Jordan Brand commercial for the shoe, which is pretty weird to see on a silent television in a Mexican restaurant in Houston.
Pretty fun to watch in the morning though. Especially because we get to see Westbrook in what I imagine has to be his ideal basketball uniform.
The Flu Game is the signature game during the Jordan 12 era. It was awesome when I watched it at home as a kid and it remains awesome watching it today. 38 points in 44 minutes, 15 in the fourth, a tie-breaking three with 25 seconds left and one iconic photograph. It also inspired the greatest thing Josh Smith has ever said. “Can’t eat sushi in Utah, brother — landlocked” remains hilarious.
Sometime when you’re sick, throw it on. You’ll instantly feel motivated to do anything besides feel like the world’s biggest waste of organic material.
Back when Eastbay catalogs were the jam, I used to spend literally an hour on the phone talking with my friend Marc Johnson about all the various sections. We would go through the thing page-by-page, discussing what shoes we liked, the random And1 shirts and all that nonsense. Our greatest disagreement regarding anything that ever appeared in the catalog was about the Jordan XII, which came in a colorway called “Obsidian-White.”
Nowadays, I think we can all agree that these are blue and white shoes. But back in the day, I was convinced they were black and white because obsidian is black. I looked it up in the giant dictionary we had in the closet and everything. The shoes are navy blue, no diggity doubt about it. But also, obsidian is definitely black. It says so on Wikipedia and everything. So even though I was wrong back then, I’m still kind of right.
I 100 percent botched getting the Air Jordan XI when I was in 7th grade because I loved Grant Hill a little too much. The next year, however, was a different story. When the XII was released, I told my mom immediately that those were going to be my eighth grade basketball shoes. She got ‘em for me for Christmas, I played about 60 minutes of A-team basketball in them during the season, then I wore them with some Keith Van Horn-inspired tall socks to host our middle school’s talent contest as part of a classic odd couple bit with Tom Dean. It killed.
All-Star Weekend is the most wonderful time of the year for all the solemen out there, because that’s when a bunch of cool new shoes come out. It’s like a shoe showcase where all the displays are dunks, which means it’s pretty smart. Your first entrance in the All-Star zapatos game comes from Nike’s “Extraterrestrial” pack, which includes new versions of the LeBron X, Kobe 8 and KD V and a kind of hilarious description about where these shoes come from.
Rumored to have journeyed to earth on a meteor made of the galaxy’s hardest substance – black diamonds, the model takes a a purple hue for the overlays and black rests within the inlays. Furthering the story the model originated from NSP-LJ6, a planet discovered by the Nike Space Program (NSP).
Kobe 8 System ”Extraterrestrial”
Originating on planet NSP-KB24, the Kobe 8 is part of the guardian of the five rings. Able to freeze his opponents in his stance, Kobe has been given an orange tinted look over the engineered mesh upper and green highlights over the Nike Swoosh and liner.
KD V ”Extraterrestrial”
Known as the legendary Dark Matter, his weapon of choice will be the KD V. Believed to have originated on planet NSP-KD35, the shoe packs a lime green upper highlighted with a dark green on the heel counter and accented with orange on the laces.
I’m not sure about all that stuff, but I really do like all of these because I’m of the opinion that your All-Star shoes should be as insane as possible. Basing them on made-up planets, making them in extra bright colors and then covering them in details certainly achieves that.
Were I ranking them, I’d probably go Kobe then Durant then LeBron, but they’re all pretty close. I love the orange Jupiter-y upper on the Kobes, the entire color scheme of the KDs and how LeBron’s shoe looks like a jewel. Weird idea — though it is wisely based on Houston being the home of NASA’s Mission Control Center and continues Nike’s space-themed All-Star shoes — but the execution is great. If basketball were played on non-existent planets, this is definitely what the shoes would look like.
After the jump, there are more pictures of these bad riders. All of these will be available at retail stores on February 15. Let’s hear what you think in the comments.
As Stephen Jackson would maybe say but probably not, NBA players are bout dis shoe life. Meaning they have lots of shoes, but I’m sure you get what I was trying to say. NBA players have lots of shoes, OK? New ones for all their games, a bunch of pairs at home to take pictures of, near a Sharpie to be signed and given away — just shoes galore.
Crawford was injured while making a move during the first half of the Clippers’ loss Tuesday to the Denver Nuggets. He played the next night against the Warriors only because teammate Caron Butler missed the game for personal reasons.
An old pair of shoes, with the padding and support past its expiration date, was to blame, according to Crawford. Normally, he wears one pair throughout the season for home games, another for road games and a third pair for practices. This season, he stuck with one pair.
And it cost him.
When a group of reporters approached him to ask before Saturday’s game if he had a new pair which he had taken a new pair out of one of the boxes and boxes a shoe company supplied to him, Crawford said, “Yes, I do,” and held up a shiny new pair.
“I have a little plate in there, too, to keep it stable,” said Crawford.
People ask me all the time, “Why do you have so many shoes?” Now I finally have a good answer — because Jamal Crawford hurt his foot one time. Thanks Jamal, for making sense of my life.
And hey, this might be the ultimate case of a squeaky wheel getting the grease. All it took was one little foot injury for him to get some new shoesies. Pretty smart plan, even if it did cost him a couple of games and he probably could have afforded a second pair. But now he’s got new shoes and a foot that isn’t totally destroyed, so it’s a best of both worlds kind of thing. All the better to dribble between your legs.
I’ve made mention of it around these parts before, but it’s not until you see pictures and dates right next to each other that you really realize that Jerry Stackhouse is wearing the same shoes as when he was a rookie 17 years ago. So thanks to Inside the Sneakerbox for showing us just how us all how Jerry’s old feet have come for circle. Next thing you know, he’ll be throwing down a lackluster 360 immediately after one of the best dunks ever, just like old times.
The Fila Stackhouse comes out soon, so if you’re looking to get your vintage shoe game straight, keep an eye out. Or I guess just get a pair of Jesus sandals. They’re from about the same timeframe, so you should be good either way.