From Nike to Gucci, a brief history of basketball-inspired sneakers
Feb 14, 2019 | 3:00 AM
In 1917, Converse rolled out the forerunner of its now iconic high-top Chuck Taylor All Star, a basketball-specific shoe with a vulcanized rubber sole and canvas upper. For the century since, professional basketball players have been an integral part of the stylish sneaker game. That long-running relationship has never been as apparent as it is this NBA season — thanks in no small part to a rule change regarding the colors of on-court kicks.
In recognition of that long-running relationship, we’ve taken a deep dive – toured players’ shoe closets (one Los Angeles Clipper has amassed more than 3,000 pairs), visited artists who customize kicks at $500 a pop, looked at signature-shoe synergy, compiled a list of league sneaker standouts and much, much more.
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Thanks to an NBA rule change starting with the 2018-2019 season, players can wear any color sneakers they want. The result? A whole lot of self-expression — and an emphasis on the fashionable side of performance footwear.
Clipper player Montrezl Harrell builds a stellar sneaker collection — one rare pair at a time
The Los Angeles Clippers forward has amassed a 3,000-pair collection of eye-catching, cartoon-covered kicks. Now that the NBA has changed its sneaker-color rules, more of them could make the leap from his closet to the court.
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Salvador Amezcua gave up on art after a car accident but he returned to his craft after a visit with Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. and inspiration for a custom sneaker design for the Minnesota Timberwolves player.
No endorsement deal? No problem. Spencer Dinwiddie created his own sneakers brand
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Eastbay catalog memories: It’s where a generation went to look at sneakers — and dream
Before the rise of online shopping, the Eastbay catalog, a sports bible for young athletes, showed athletes such as P.J. Tucker, Lance Stephenson and Austin Rivers the popular sneakers of the day — Air Jordans, Filas, Reebok Pumps and Adidas Superstars — and more.