As we grew older, the variety of shoes we slip our feet into also expanded. Boat shoes. Rugged boots. Casual loafers. And whatever wingtips and brogues are. Yet, even as some of us become suit-wearing gentlemen, what we’ll never outgrow are basketball shoes—even more so in the case of Pinoys, who practically have “I Wanna Be Like Mike” imprinted on their DNA.
This NBA season brings yet again a fresh batch of kicks that, upon sight, got us doing a fist pump in approval the same way when Durant scores 30 or Dwight pulls down 20 rebounds for our fantasy NBA teams.
Here now are five of the best, along with the runners-up for each position. These are the shoes we’ll pick if shoes had their own version of the NBA All-Star Balloting. (In reality though, we really just want to see these sneakers under our Christmas tree).
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Point Guard: adidas D Rose 3
Derrick Rose has yet to suit up this season after his knee injury earlier this year. While potentially career-altering knee injuries are never, ever a good thing whichever season they occur, Rose’s inability to play this season is even more unfortunate given that adidas has just released the best-looking Derrick Rose signature pairs ever.
It’s a sublime pair that looks stylish without ever begging for your attention. The diamond-shaped etchings that “rain” on the shoe’s side portion, the splattered paintjob on the sole, the tongue with Rose’s new shoe logo imprinted on it endow this shoe from the old-school a really fresh vibe. It makes us yearn for Rose’s return to on-court circus play even more.
Availability: Available now
Shooting Guard: Nike Zoom Kobe VIII
We were initially going to pick Wade’s Li Ning shoes simply for the amount of trust that the Heat guard gave to an unproven Chinese brand. But the shoes are just too damn plain, and still cost over $100—$110 to be exact. Just add another $30, and you can cop the new Kobe signatures, the Zoom Kobe VIII.
The shoe follows its tradition of being at the top of the mountain of low-cut basketball shoes. The dagger-like profile of the shoe suggests speed and responsiveness. The camo motif follows modern obsessions on army-inspired fashion. At 9.6 ounces, it is also the lightest pair of Kobe’s yet, and more importantly, it swings a wrecking ball towards the throne of the original king of “Light As Air” pairs, the adidas Crazy Light. The reduced weight complements its low-cut profile in terms of being a shoe you can comfortably wear off the court, adding to its appeal.
Price: $140 (P5,748)
Availability: Official release is on December 20
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