The 15 Greatest NBA All-Star Game Sneakers Ever

  • Air Jordan 11 Columbia
    Air Jordan 11 "Columbia"

    1996

    Colorway: 10

    Model: 10

    Historical Implications: 10

    Rarity: 8

    Versatility/Relevance: 9

    Total: 47 (out of 50)

    The 1996 NBA All-Star Game in San Antonio featured a roundup of some of the best sneakers to ever touch one court. Players rocked Reebok’s Shaqnosis and Kamikaze 2, FILA’s Grant Hill 2, Nike’s Air Penny 1, Flight ‘95, and Air Max Uptempo. We also have to throw in the ‘96 game had some of the best ASG jerseys in history with the vibrant teal design and chili pepper logo. Most importantly, the game was the return of Michael Jordan as the most dominant player in the NBA after retiring to play baseball. The ’95-96 season was the year of the Air Jordan XI and MJ brought out the “Columbia” XI for this one and it became an instant favorite. The colorway was a mix of patent leather and smooth leather in all white, with a tongue tag, Jumpman logo, and translucent outsole tinted in that fresh light blue. Jordan came back and stole the show, scoring 20 points and grabbing four rebounds to capture MVP honors.

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  • Dada CDubbz
    DaDa Chrome “CDubbz”

    2002

    Colorway: 3

    Model: 4

    Historical Implications: 8

    Rarity: 7

    Versatility/Relevance: 7

    Total: 29 (out of 50)

    Okay. Is this one of the best models performance or aesthetic-wise? No. But Chris Webber became enshrined in sneaker history after debuting an all-chromed edition of his signature shoe with Dada. The brand initially only released 1,000 pairs to consumers with each one numbered. While they are not the greatest sneakers to look at it, it is one moment in the 2002 ASG we will always remember.

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  • Nike Air Maestro
    Nike Air Maestro

    1994

    Colorway: 9

    Model: 8

    Historical Implications: 8

    Rarity: 9

    Versatility/Relevance: 6

    Total: 40 (out of 50)

    This was the year Scottie Pippen had taken over leadership duties for the Chicago Bulls with Jordan out. Pippen ascended to another level and proved he could be the man without His Airness. Pippen dominated this game, too, scoring 29 points and grabbing 11 boards while earning MVP honors in the 1994 All-Star Game. The Nike Air Maestro is one of the Swoosh’s best performance sneakers and had an array of stars like John Stockton and Ron Harper wearing them. The sneaker and Pippen became synonymous even though it wasn’t an official Pippen signature sneaker. He donned a red-palette edition with white Nike branding and black accents throughout the sneaker.

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  • adidas TMac 3
    adidas T-Mac III

    2004

    Colorway: 9

    Model: 6

    Historical Implications: 7

    Rarity: 7

    Versatility/Relevance: 5

    Total: 34 (out of 50)

    Tracy McGrady had one of the most underrated signature sneaker lines, at least in his Orlando days. He was the face of adidas for a couple years and his sneaker claim to fame happened during the All-Star Game in 2004 in Los Angeles. He rocked mismatch pairs of his adidas T-Mac III silhouette, one being all-royal and the other all-red. He had them on when he brought out the off-the-glass alley-oop for the second time.

    Russell Westbrook followed in his footsteps and rocked different colorways of the Air Jordan XX8 in the 2013 All-Star Game.

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  • Reebok Kamikaze 2
    Reebok Kamikaze II

    1996

    Colorway: 8

    Model: 9

    Historical Implications: 8

    Rarity: 8

    Versatility/Relevance: 8

    Total: 41 (out of 50)

    The Reebok Kamikaze II was another hit from the 1996 All-Star Game. Shawn Kemp, who was the Blake Griffin of the ‘90s, rocked the White/Navy editions that became one of the sneaker’s most popular silhouettes.

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  • Air Jordan 7 Bordeaux
    Air Jordan VII "Bordeaux"

    1992

    Colorway: 9

    Model: 10

    Historical Implications: 10

    Rarity: 8

    Versatility/Relevance: 9

    Total: 46 (out of 50)

    The Air Jordan VII “Bordeaux” is one of MJ’s most unique sneakers in his collection. The sneaker just retroed this past year and is still one of the best models to rock. The sneaker made its first appearance during a Super Bowl commercial with Jordan and Bugs Bunny. He then rocked them during the 1992 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando a couple weeks later. While the game will be best known for Magic Johnson’s dominance in his return from his HIV diagnosis, Jordan, of course, found a way to put a stamp on the game as well.

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  • Nike Zoom LeBron 2 All-Star
    Nike LeBron 2 "All-Star"

    2005

    Colorway: 8

    Model: 8

    Historical Implications: 10

    Rarity: 9

    Versatility/Relevance: 9

    Total: 44 (out of 50)

    We do not know what is to come once LeBron’s sneakers first retro but I can bet that his first two editions will be major sellers. LeBron, throughout the past decade, has worn some solid All-Star editions that could all make this list, such as the All-Star editions for the LeBron IV and V, and the “Chlorine Blue” VII. However, the II’s hold relevance because it was LeBron’s first ASG. The sneakers were minimal but it was just enough to be a pretty dope sneaker to remember.

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  • Nike KD 4
    Nike Zoom KD IV “Galaxy”

    2012

    Colorway: 10

    Model: 9

    Historical Implications: 8

    Rarity: 7

    Versatility/Relevance: 9

    Total: 43 (out of 50)

    The Galaxy IVs are without a doubt one of KD’s best sneakers ever. In 2012, Nike drew inspiration from Space Exploration,e showcasing galactic themes of the LeBron 9, KD IV, and Kobe VII System. The Galaxy IV arrived in a silver colorway and took inspiration from the silver suit of a notable Oklahoma astronaut.

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  • Air Jordan 3
    Air Jordan III

    1988 and 2003

    Colorway: 10

    Model: 10

    Historical Implications: 10

    Rarity: 10

    Versatility/Relevance: 10

    Total: 50 (out of 50)

    The Jordan III is the sneaker that took Jordan’s brand to the next level after the “It’s Gotta be the Shoes” campaign featuring Spike Lee. Jordan ascended from All-Star to being talked about as one of the greatest players to ever play the game in 1988. That weekend, he rocked a pair of “White Cements” to capture one of the most iconic Slam Dunk Contest titles in history. The next night, while donning the “Black Cements,” he put up possibly the best stat line in All-Star history with 40 points, eight rebounds, four blocks, and four steals while leading the East All-Stars over the West, 138 -133.

    The significance doesn’t stop there. To honor MJ’s last All-Star Game in 2003, Kobe Bryant wore a pair of the “True Blue” Air Jordan III. It was a sign that the baton was officially passed over to the Mamba, who would later go on to pass MJ on the all-time scoring list.

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  • Nike Air Foamposite “Galaxy”

    2012

    Colorway: 9

    Model: 10

    Historical Implications: 9

    Rarity: 10

    Versatility/Relevance: 10

    Total: 48 (out of 50)

    Back in 2012, there was so much hype surrounding the “Galaxy” Foamposite. It was one of the most coveted sneakers of all time on release day and received massive hype right before the All-Star Game. Following Nike’s galactic theme, Rajon Rondo wore a pair in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. Penny Hardaway, of course, was the first person to rock them on the court during the celebrity game that year.

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  • Reebok Question
    Reebok Question

    2001

    Colorway: 7

    Model: 10

    Historical Implications: 9

    Rarity: 10

    Versatility/Relevance: 10

    Total: 46 (out of 50 total)

    The 2001 NBA All-Star Game will go down as one of the best ASGs ever played. Allen Iverson led the Eastern Conference squad back from a 21-point deficit in the game’s final nine minutes to win, 111-110. Iverson who took home MVP honors donned a pair of Answer 5’s before switching over to the Reebok Questions to finish off the game.

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  • Nike Air Force 1
    Nike Air Force 1

    2008

    Colorway: 7

    Model: 10

    Historical Implications: 8

    Rarity: 7

    Versatility/Relevance: 9

    Total: 41 (out of 50 total)

    Rasheed Wallace was one the most unique players in the NBA. He had a personality of his own and did things unconventionally. For instance, he wore Air Force 1s faithfully throughout his career and had some pretty dope PEs for some of his All-Star Game appearances.

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  • Air Jordan 17 Low Lightning
    Air Jordan XVII Low "Lightning"

    2002

    Colorway: 8

    Model: 9

    Historical Implications: 10

    Rarity: 10

    Versatility/Relevance: 8

    Total: 45 (out of 50 total)

    In the Air Jordan catalogue, Lows do not get the same respect compared to other models but the Air Jordan XVII Low “Lightning” was flames. They featured the dynamic fit sleeve, which extended past the shoe’s length, and a white leather upper with black and yellow accents. The 2002 NBA All-Star Game was Jordan’s first after coming out of retirement so it was only right to rock some exclusive pairs we had never seen before.

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  • Air Jordan 23
    Air Jordan XX3

    2008

    Colorway: 9

    Model: 9

    Historical Implications: 9

    Rarity: 10

    Versatility/Relevance: 7

    Total: 44 (out of 50 total)

    One way MJ has grown his brand past his playing days is having torch carriers such as Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Joe Johnson, Ray Allen, and Richard Hamilton carry on his legacy. The Jordan Brand athletes rocked different versions of the Air Jordan XX3s throughout the 2008 ASG.

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  • Under Armour Anatomix Spawn Purple Voodoo
    Under Armour Anatomix Spawn "Purple Voodoo"

    2014

    Colorway: 7

    Model: 7

    Historical Implications: 9

    Rarity: 8

    Versatility/Relevance: 7

    Total: 38 (out of 50 total)

    Off historical implications we had to include the first pair of sneakers Stephen Curry rocked in his first All-Star Game. In the past few years, Curry has transformed into a megastar and is the leading face of Under Armour’s basketball division. While the Anatomix Spawn is not an official signature sneaker, it paved the way for an awesome signature sneaker line for Curry.

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  • Air Jordan 11 Columbia
  • Dada CDubbz
  • Nike Air Maestro
  • adidas TMac 3
  • Reebok Kamikaze 2
  • Air Jordan 7 Bordeaux
  • Nike Zoom LeBron 2 All-Star
  • Nike KD 4 "Galaxy"
  • Air Jordan 3 "True Blue" Kobe Bryant
  • Reebok Question
  • Nike Air Force 1
  • Air Jordan 17 Low Lightning
  • Air Jordan 23
  • Under Armour Anatomix Spawn Purple Voodoo

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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