There are a lot of sneakerheads in the NBA. From J.R. Smith to Nate Robinson to Wilson Chandler to Derrick Williams, cats go out there every night looking to outshine the competition. It’s a unique movement, considering it wasn’t so long ago that the NBA was banning certain shoes from the league because they didn’t match with team colors. In 2014, it’s all different, and it’s left me wondering whether this is a product of the new sneaker culture or if it’s the other way around.
Perhaps the NBA’s most underrated sneakerhead is Chris Paul. He’s not super flashy about it. He doesn’t flaunt and flourish on Instagram and social media as often as you think. And he might have the single most overlooked signature line in the league. (I can think of a variety of reasons for this.)
Today saw the release of his latest sig model, the Jordan CP3.VIII, at Champs Sports, a sneaker that features Nike Zoom cushioning and a herringbone outsole for added traction. It’ll continue the longstanding tradition of CP3’s sneakers being marvels for guards and fast play.
The best part about it? Paul spends a lot of time giving his own opinion on what he wants in the shoe. He’s heavily involved, even suggesting which colorways should be released and which ones need to be shelved. He’s been a major Air Jordan fanatic for a long time and that almost always shines through when he starts talking about his own kicks. It all works because he is a big, big sneakerhead. Today, check out Chris Paul’s Greatest Sneaker Moments.
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