With a bit of a wild colorway inspired by Nike’s Sport Research Lab, the latest in the line of LeBron’s signature shoes has five visible, hexagonally-shaped Nike Zoom Air bags on the outsole. Each was placed to correspond with a basketball athlete’s natural motion, aiming for increased explosiveness.
2 of 13Courtesy of Nike
KD7 | Signature of Kevin Durant | Nike
If you haven’t heard, Kevin Durant’s line is all about the weather. And the strap. Using meteorological-themed aesthetics, the KD7 plays off Durant’s interest in the weather for design, but the KD7 also brought back the strap in this flexible and supportive design.
3 of 13Courtesy of Nike
Kobe 9 Elite | Signature of Kobe Bryant | Nike
Nike brought its Flyknit fabric—an engineered yarn—to the basketball floor in a super-high top for Kobe. Lunarlon cushioning couples with a carbon heel for support under foot. With Flywire woven throughout the one-piece upper, the Kobe 9 Elite goes lightweight and stable.
4 of 13Courtesy of adidas
J Wall 1 | Signature of John Wall | adidas
The newest athlete to join the ranks of the signature shoe world, John Wall’s first edition includes a graphic-filled textile for the upper and a lightweight translucent rubber outsole. You won’t forget this is an adidas-made signature with the giant three stripes, but the new “JW” logo plays on the side and tongue. The bottom of the shoes—when put together—form a map of the country while spelling WALL.
5 of 13Courtesy of Jordan Brand
CP3.VIII | Signature of Chris Paul | Jordan Brand
For quick movement on the court, Chris Paul’s signature shoe has a 5/8 height with an innersleeve for a sock-like fit. The minimalist aesthetic includes lightweight features and a special multi-directional traction design in a herringbone pattern, a staple in the CP3 line.
6 of 13Courtesy of Li-Ning
Way of Wade | Signature of Dwyane Wade | Li-Ning
With the 3.0 announcement “coming soon,” the most recent version of the Way of Wade gives the Heat star a signature look from the Chinese-based shoe manufacturer. With its own cushioning technology changing throughout the length of the shoe and a signature design, Wade has taken a different route when it comes to signature style.
7 of 13Courtesy of adidas
D Rose 5 Boost | Signature of Derrick Rose | adidas
With the adidas Boost cushioning taking over nearly every line of shoes, adidas brought the cushioning to the hardwood first for Derrick Rose. The full-length Boost sole includes a lightweight and breathable “fit cage” for strength and support in the upper. The cage also serves as the main aesthetic feature of the D Rose 5 Boost.
8 of 13Courtesy of Jordan Brand
M10 | Signature of Carmelo Anthony | Jordan Brand
You best love chrome if you’re going to don the 10th anniversary edition of Carmelo’s signature shoe. With the same Flight Plate technology you see in other Jordan Brand shoes, the chrome heel offers both support and aesthetics in one fell swoop.
9 of 13Courtesy of adidas
D Howard 5 | Signature of Dwight Howard | adidas
The Howard signature details come through in this shoe featuring a variety of textures on the upper for differing looks. The big man’s shoe includes a special shock absorber for high-impact heel hits.
10 of 13Courtesy of Under Armour
ClutchFit Drive | Lead athlete is Stephen Curry | Under Armour
Still without a signature shoe from Under Armour, Curry wears “player exclusives” with specially designed color combinations for him for in-season and special event games. While Kemba Walker and a few others don the ClutchFit, Curry is the lead athlete wearing the ultra-high top shoe deigned to wrap feet with a form-fitting “second skin” from foot to high above the ankle.
11 of 13Courtesy of adidas
Crazylight Boost | Lead athlete is Damian Lillard | adidas
While Damian Lillard isn’t the only adidas athlete wearing the Crazylight Boost, he has “player editions” that come with specialized color schemes. This shoe too features Boost, a cushioning technology made from heat-steaming thousands of pea-sized foam capsules together to form a cushioned footbed. A soft mesh upper helps keep this shoe light at 11.6 ounces.
12 of 13Courtesy of Jordan
Jordan XX9 | Lead athlete is Russell Westbrook | Jordan
Technically, this is the signature shoe for Mr. Michael Jordan. But Russell Westbrook is the lead Jordan-sponsored athlete wearing the XX9. With a bold Jumpman-inspired aesthetic, the shoe features a carbon plate for lightweight, high-strength support. Plus, with an upper woven in Italy, this has to be a Jordan.
13 of 13Courtesy of Jordan
Super.Fly 3 | Lead athlete is Blake Griffin | Jordan
They call it Flight Plate technology and Jordan Brand has put it on the Super.Fly 3. Using a combination of high-strength material with pockets of air, designers created an underfoot plate aimed at support and cushioning for the folks—you know, like Griffin—who spend plenty of time in the air.
You May Like
Sign Up for our Newsletter
Don't get stuck on the sidelines! Sign up to get exclusives, daily highlights, analysis and more—delivered right to your inbox!