NBA All-Star Weekend is one of the best exhibition showcases in sports. Not only do we get to witness the best basketball players on one court but we also have the chance to witness some extreme sneaker heat. Growing up during the MJ era, I always looked forward to the game. Jordan’s birthday is near the normal time of All-Star and he used to always debut some exclusive kicks during the weekend. It was marketing at its finest; the game’s biggest star on the NBA’s biggest weekend showcasing his brand. One All-Star sneaker moment that stands out for me is during the 1998 NBA All-Star Game in New York City. MJ debuted an Air Jordan XIII colorway that ultimately became known as the “Playoffs” because he spent long portions of the Eastern Conference Playoffs in them. I vividly remember my mother getting me those. The sneaker is highly underrated in the Air Jordan catalogue but as a kid I was fascinated by the hologram bubble near the ankle.
Throughout the years, the NBA’s midseason classic has become more than a showcase of talent but also a place where players show out their footwear. As style and fashion takes over sports, players have been trying to one up each other on and off the court. Brands are getting more creative when it comes to producing ASG kicks and we have seen it all–from unique colorways and crazy features to old school models and intricate inspiration.
In honor of this year’s NBA All-Star Game going down tonight in Toronto, we came up with a list of the 15 Greatest NBA All-Star Game Sneakers Ever.
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