Haden’s going to be overshadowed by all the hoopla around Johnny Manziel this year, but the real fans know what he brings to the table: unbreakable coverage as one of the five best cornerbacks in the league… and a ridiculous passion for kicks. We saw him wear Huarache cleats. We saw him wear Jordan III cleats. We saw him wear Red Octobers, though thankfully not on the field. What’s next for the former Gator? We’re not sure, but his sneaker closest is so ridiculous that we can’t wait to see.
Best story involving Cleveland’s top talent? He once traded a pair of his cleats for some Foamposites so he could play in a charity basketball game.
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Miller likes to style himself as a new-age fashion guru, which is why it’s funny how he responded when I asked him about it: “Sometimes I don’t even iron my clothes. I just grab it, just me being me. I wear clothes. I don’t let the clothes wear me.”
Sometimes we forget that simple is dope. Maybe this is his style? Maybe that makes sense for him? Then when you check out his Instagram, you’ll notice him wearing stuff like the adidas Jeremy Scotts and immediately realize that, yes, this does work for him. He’s different. He’s unique. And he’s eccentric enough that we follow his shoe game each week.
On the field, Miller wore the adidas Crazyquick Football Cleat for long portions of his shortened 2013 season. We can’t wait to see what he’ll pull off next.
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Because cleats are a lot less accessible than sneakers, the NFL isn’t quite the style juggernaut that the NBA is. But that’s okay, and in fact gives them a lane all to their own.
NFL player exclusives are definitely on the rise, however, and Carolina’s Cam Newton might’ve intensified the rush by warming up in his Under Armour ClutchFit Highlight “Super Cam” cleats before last year’s divisional playoff round.
Between Newton, Robert Griffin III and his new signature adidas RG3 Boost Trainer, as well as other consistent sneakerheads like Patrick Peterson, Darrelle Revis, and Earl Bennett, 2014 is going to be the best year yet for footwear in the NFL. It’ll truly start this Friday when three different colorways of the RB3 Boost Trainer — all-black, all-white, and a “Copperas Cove High School” edition — release at Champs Sports. Get yourself ready by seeing whose feet you should be watching this year.
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