Rooted in every young basketball fanatic’s dream is to be like their heroes. From the silky smooth fadeaways to the acrobatic magic displayed around the rim, it is more than unlikely that this raw talent will be acquired overnight—unless your name might be Calvin Cambridge. For many, playing at the highest level will only remain a dream.
Nike’s introduction of player-signature silhouettes in the ‘80s paved the way for deserving talents to construct individual models. The Chicago Bull legend pioneered the movement, as the Swoosh’s relevance persists, displaying the winning culture and excellence across various sporting events. More recently, a vast influx of talented cagers from the likes of the King to the late-great Mamba populated the early ‘00s, all proudly wearing the iconic check embossed on the upper.
As impossible as experiencing the effects of ‘Michael’s Secret Sauce’ or getting thunderstruck, the closest opportunity would be slipping on a pair engineered for the icons by the icons—as here are several signature shoes purchasable both in-store and online.
Nike Zoom Freak 4 ‘Greek Coastline'
Photo caption: Nike Zoom Freak 4 ‘Greek Coastline'
Where to buy: Lazada
Recommended for: Forwards, Centers
At the tender age of 19, a once scrawny Greek Freek departed from his homeland pursuing a once-distant NBA dream. With his logo draped on the tongue and sole, this colorway of the Nike signature shoe incorporates Giannis’ favorite coastal getaways reflecting accents of the Greek coastline through its vibrant green and white mesh base layer. The updated fourth model integrates versatile and lightweight materials for the next trip to the basket.
Nike KD 15 NRG EP ‘What the’
Photo caption: Nike KD 15 NRG EP ‘What The’
Familiar to the ‘What The’ signature makeover, Kevin Durant’s 15th rendition of his sneaker, comprises the line’s iconic flavors, melded to sport a much more abstract and dynamic appearance. Reflecting the shot-creating ability and two-way style of play, the NRG version of the Easy Money Sniper provides a broken-in feel, partnered with secure cushioning and plenty of bounce on both indoor and outdoor runs.
Nike Lebron XX EP ‘Nike Lifer'
Photo caption: Nike Lebron XX EP ‘Nike Lifer'
Father time trails on the rearview mirror as the King introduces his 20th signature sneaker, spanning two decades of playing professional ball. Straying from his usual mid-high cut silhouettes, the Nike Lebron XX positions itself low to the ground, promoting turbo-like movements. The newest model dons an XDR outsole with a wide toe box, suitable for hardwood and pavement surfaces.
Jordan Tatum 1 PF ‘St. Louis'
Photo caption: Nike Jordan Tatum 1 PF ‘St. Louis'
The ‘St. Louis’ colorway of the Nike Jordan Tatum 1 pays homage to the Celtic All-Star’s roots. Recognized as the newest Jordan athlete to receive a signature shoe line, the recently released silhouette comprises a white-scented upper with hints of blue seeping through its cracks. A fresh layer of red coats the logos, with his number “0” featured on the heel. The Missouri native recounts his roots, with its “Archer Ave” inner tongue labels and several intricate easter eggs of his hometown.
Author: Xavier Bautista
Art Credit: James Francisco