From Air Jordans to the LeBron line, signature sneakers are the platform for brands to introduce their latest technologies and concepts through the NBA’s top names. Generally, basketball players endorse more signature shoes than any other sport. Brands will often fight tooth and nail to land the hottest young stars, and the best of the bunch are honored with their very own signature model.
In recent years, sig sneakers from guys like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony have been some of the most popular options for ballers. The success of these styles can be partially attributed to a phenomenon that has been evident since the days of the original Air Jordans: wearing the same shoes as your favorite player just makes you feel like you’re a better player, whether subconsciously or consciously. In fact, the real hoop dreamers might even believe they’ve picked up some of their hero’s skills.
What about the players that consistently play on a superstar level and have devoted fan bases, yet for one reason or another, don’t get their own shoes? During the ’90s, several Hall of Famers like John Stockton and Reggie Miller were among some of the greatest players to not have a signature model.
On today’s NBA hardwood, there are more player-endorsed models than ever before. Many of the game’s top names, such as Dwyane Wade, Kevin Love, and Rajon Rondo, have jumped to overseas brands for their personalized styles. However, there are still a number of guys deserving of signature footwear that currently wear in-line models. These are our picks for The 10 NBA Players That Deserve a Signature Shoe, including which brands and technologies would benefit each star.
Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things ’90s, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.