Tonight's NBA All-Star Game brings a close to the amazing weekend's basketball festivities. As the years have gone by we've seen a bevy of kicks to the point where this specific weekend has become prime time to roll out sick kicks paying homage to a specific theme or city or both. This year we saw something that could perhaps become something of the norm and could signal more balance coming to the All-Star Weekend landscape as far as shoes go. We are talking about adidas getting back in the game with their basketball kicks and doing serious damage.
The Three Stripes took it upon themselves to not only choose a theme that pays proper homage to the host city but also execute it to perfection and stick to the theme. First up we have the shoes, which isn't even the only feather they have on their cap. Each of their on-court basketball kicks stuck to paying tribute to the "Aurora Borealis" or "Northern Lights" phenomenon that occurs in the night sky of the Great White North. We saw the D Rose 6 take a new, more colorful look, James Harden's Crazylight Boost 2.5 PE got a mix of super light knitted uppers and the colorful XENO tech as well as the D Lillard 2 (two versions) and John Wall 2 getting a new looks. The Crazylight Boost 2.5 which is worn on court by one of Canada's native sons (Andrew Wiggins) also got redone for the occasion and it definitely shines bright in an already gorgeous collection. Add in the glow in the dark remix of the T-Mac 3 (which we won't even count since its a retro model) and its easy to see that the adidas Hoops team did their homework for this eventful weekend.
Not to be outdone, the Originals team didn't allow the Hoops squad to get all the love as they brought out the lifestyle staples Tubular X and Superstar covered in Primeknit uppers which resembled a wool that would keep anyone warm in the frigid cold of the Toronto Raptors' home city. Add in a few ZX Flux XENO and printed models and you have a jam packed lineup with something for everybody.
Last but not least, adidas rose to the occasion with the official uniforms of the game. Being that this is their last chance to create an amazing uniform for the NBA's star studded game, they definitely delivered on this one. The 3 Stripes took the last year of their contract with the NBA to truly pay homage to the host city as we see shades of the Toronto Huskies of yesteryears and the Raptors of today as well as touches that truly represent T.Dot as well as Canada. The city's skyline as well as the signature Maple Leaf are present on the jersey and the two toned shorts, making for a striking set that is sure to be remembered for years to come.
Check all the pics and let us know which part of this winning collection was your favorite. Also make sure to stick with SneakerShouts for more info on any other releases from All Star Weekend.
Author's note: This was my absolute favorite All-Star collection out of all the brands which brought out new product for this specific event. Compared to other brands, this one stood out the most. We weren't seeded any product or work for adidas. I focused on the on-court kicks most of all and featured their lifestyle products as well to show the versatility of the lineup. Hope you guys enjoyed this one.