All-Star Basketball Shoes

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Want to take your game to new heights this playoff season? Try a new pair of kicks, designed exclusively for NBA All-Star time.

Jordan CP3.II, $118, jumpman23.com [avail. March 14] Chris Paul's second signature shoe with Jordan Brand was created to reflect the New Orleans Hornets point guard's on-court athleticism and agility. To accomplish this, Jordan drew inspiration from the international sport of futsal, which is known for quick dribbling foot patterns and agile cutting, like CP3. The shoe's outrigger helps you stay on your toes when cutting; and the internal strap across the tongue holds the shoe tight to your foot. Design-wise: The CP3.II features graphics that honor Paul's late Wake Forest coach, Skip Prosser, his late grandfather, and his parents and brother.
Nike Blue Chip Low, $78, nike.com This Nike low top features a toe-cap for protection and durability. To keep it breathable, the leather is synthetic; and to help you plant and change direction on the court, the solid rubber sole features a specific traction pattern. Design-wise: As the name implies, this shoe was created with blue-chip athletes in mind. And1 Ballitician, $90, and1.com
Get cushioning and stability from the And1 Ballitician. The shoe's upper area features a full ankle brace for uniform support, while the midsole has a wraparound shank for stability—no matter which way you move.
Design-wise: One of the best fourth-quarter performers in the game, Wade wanted his shoe to elicit the aggressive approach he brings to his game. So the shoe's details reflect all things that matter most to him. He says, "I've always taken an aggressive approach with my game in the fourth quarter, and when I step on the court, I believe my drive can help myself and my teammates."

Converse Wade 4, $90, converse.com [avail. 2/12] Besides being the lightest Wade at 14 ounces, the fourth edition of this Converse shoe features advanced support through new Suspend Technology, which is a cushioned shelf resting over the heel on top of a layer of foam—which, according to Converse, "displaces to create a trampoline effect that helps minimize impact forces."

Reebok, ATR Make It Rain, $90, rbk.com DMX cushioning [an open-weave mesh upper for breathability and support] and Play Dry lining [for moisture management] are this shoe's two big features. Beginning mid-February, NBA players who will be wearing the Make It Rain include Yao Ming, Al Jefferson and Jason Terry. adidas, TS Bounce Commander, $110, adidas.com The Bounce Commander, adidas' latest shoe in its Commander series, has a bouncy but structured formation that is said to launch you into your next step. The adiPRENE+ insole allows for shock absorption. Design-wise: Think about the NBA's power commanders—KG, Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan. Players like that are who this shoe was designed for.
Nike KD1, $88, nike.com Kevin Durant's first signature shoe is made to conform to your foot [thanks to a stretch panel that goes around your ankle] and for comfort [with help from tongue protection against lace pressure]. To help you "feel the court," the guard/forward's ride features Nike's Zoom Air unit. Design-wise: Per KD's input, this shoe has a minimalist look. And thanks to the sockliner with the quote "Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard" in Kevin's handwriting, you can channel his nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic.

 


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