Expect a celebration of all things Canadian and winter—or, at times, just Canadian winter—with Nike’s array of All-Star sneakers.
With the All-Star Game slated for Feb. 14 in Toronto, the home of the NBA’s inaugural game in 1946, Nike played up the game’s “royal origins” while embracing the weather of Toronto.
The Kobe 11 Elite puts glowing green on a black upper for Kobe Bryant’s final All-Star game, a “nod to the luminescence of the Northern Lights.” Molded leather detailing on the heel and tongue provide an added dimension.
Kevin Durant’s KD8 embraces color blocking, inspired by the classic look of flags spotted throughout Toronto representing the city’s international flavor. The KD8’s Flyweave upper isn’t the only place for color, though. The outsole comes in white and light blue marble to play off Toronto’s icy winter weather. And there’s some fun on the heel and tongue, with removable patches.
To celebrate the neutral tones of Toronto’s winter, the LeBron 13 for LeBron James has a subtle grey-green upper with graphic blocking similar to the KD8. An icy marbled effect covers the outsole, while pins on the tongue and heel honor James’ on-court achievements.
Two other Nike basketball sneakers will get a special All-Star makeover. The Nike Air Audacity, worn by Anthony Davis, has a black, heather-looking textile upper, embroidered crest detailing on the tongue and the phrase “Fear the Brow” written on the side of the outsole.
Paul George embraces all things Canada red with his Nike Hyperlive. The red upper combines with a maple-inspired gum outsole and leaf basketball logo on the tongue. The heel has a flag-inspired stripe with “1946.”
Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, sneakers and technology for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.