For sneaker collectors, there is no better time of year than when the NBA All Star Weekend arrives in February. The combination of events that occur over All Star Weekend give sneaker enthusiasts a chance to see everyone from athletes to celebrities wearing fresh kicks because it has become the place “to be seen.” Over the years the events that surround the actual NBA All Star Game have varied but each event has been the site of some incredible celebrity sneaker sightings both on the court and off. Take a look through some of The Most Iconic Sneaker Moments in NBA All Star Weekend History that follow.
All-Star Celebrity Game
All Star Weekend begins this year with the All-Star Celebrity Game. The list of people who have worn iconic sneakers during this game is countless but some of the highlights include Terrell Owens, Lil Bow Wow, Lil Romeo, and many more. The most memorable moment has to go to Justin Bieber’s bright yellow adidas back in 2011 (even though NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen picked on him). 2016 is sure to be entertaining with Drake and Kevin Hart coaching against each other. Especially considering Hart has been named the game’s MVP for 4 years in a row.
Rising Stars Challenge
The Rising Stars portion of All Star Weekend has gone through many different forms. Although Kyrie Irving’s performance in 2012 wearing the Hyperdunk 2011 was unprecedented, the greatest moment comes from King James in 2004. LeBron laced up one of his most important sneakers in history, the “Wheat” Nike Air Zoom Generation.
Since 1986, the Three-Point Shootout has been the time for the league’s best long distance shooters to showcase their skills. Players like Larry Bird in the Converse Weapon, Reggie Miller in the Nike Air Go LWP, Quentin Richardson in the Air Jordan XX and many more have laced up fresh sneakers in an attempt to take home the trophy. However, Stephen Curry wearing his very first signature sneaker in 2015 in the “Candy Reign” colorway was arguably the most iconic sneaker moment the Shootout has ever seen. Then Curry and the Warriors went on to win the NBA Championship, making the Under Armour Curry One even more of a collectible.
Slam Dunk Contest
The NBA Slam Dunk Contest is arguably the most important event to sneaker collectors. Often times, the sneakers worn during the dunk contest define an entire era of sneakers. The most poignant of these eras came in 1988 when Michael Jordan leaped from the free throw wearing the Nike Air Jordan 3. The moment made the Jordan 3 one of the most important sneakers in history and it has been released fairly regularly as a retro model for over 25 years since.
NBA All-Star Game
Each year, All-Star Weekend culminates with the NBA All Star Game that takes place on Sunday. Since the mid-Eighties, fans have made a point to watch what sneakers were being worn in the big game. If you’re a sneaker collector or a basketball fan, there is one year and shoe that stands out above them all. The Air Jordan 11 “Columbia” that Michael Jordan wore in 1996 became an instant classic with it’s all white design and shiny patent leather details.