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Every All-Star Weekend Sneaker Worn By LeBron James | Kicks On Court Classic

words // Nick DePaula:

With twelve NBA All-Star Game appearances behind him, LeBron James is already the all-time All-Star leader in points scored, dropping a combined 291 points that he’ll most certainly be adding to again this weekend.

When he takes the floor for the 66th annual game tomorrow night in New Orleans, he’ll once again be debuting a special edition pair of sneakers, which has become a customary occasion throughout his career. Ever since taking part in his first All-Star weekend in the wheat Air Zoom Generation during the 2004 Rookie Challenge held in Los Angeles, James has worn a collection of coveted kicks for each February’s festivities.

Check out every single sneaker worn by LeBron at All-Star Weekend over the course of his career in our latest edition of Kicks On Court Classic, and let us know your favorites in the comments section below.

Nike Air Zoom Generation
(2004 / Los Angeles) 

Nike Zoom LeBron 2 
(2005 / Denver)

Nike Zoom LeBron III
(2006 / Houston)

Nike Zoom LeBron 4
(2007 / Las Vegas)

Nike Zoom LeBron 5
(2008 / New Orleans) 

Nike LeBron 6 
(2009 / Phoenix)

Nike Air Max LeBron 7
(Dallas / 2010)

Nike Air Max LeBron 8
(Los Angeles / 2011)

Nike LeBron 9 
(2012 / Orlando)

Nike LeBron X 
(2013 / Houston) 

Nike LeBron 11
(2014 / New Orleans)

Nike LeBron 12 
(2015 / New York)

Nike LeBron 13 
(2016 / Toronto)

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Nike Air Max Uptempo 2 “All-Star” Releases on February 18th

Alongside the Nike Air Max Uptempo 97 “All-Star” release on February 18, we’ll also see a new quickstrike iteration of the Air Max Uptempo 2.

Dressed in the same University Blue shade that tracks back to earlier Nike/Jordan Brand days where everything was Carolina Blue, the white midsole encapsulates Visible Air implementation while the mixed material upper breeds 90’s nostalgia.

Priced at $ 140, look for the Nike Air Max Uptempo 2 “All-Star” next weekend at select retailers like Sneaker Politics.

Nike Air Max Uptempo 2 QS

Release Date: February 18, 2017
Price: $ 140

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Nike Air Max Uptempo 2 "All-Star"
Nike Air Max Uptempo 2 “All-Star”
Nike Air Max Uptempo 2 "All-Star"
Nike Air Max Uptempo 2 “All-Star”
Nike Air Max Uptempo 2 "All-Star"
Nike Air Max Uptempo 2 “All-Star”
Nike Air Max Uptempo 2 "All-Star"
Nike Air Max Uptempo 2 “All-Star”
Nike Air Max Uptempo 2 "All-Star"
Nike Air Max Uptempo 2 “All-Star”

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Nike Air Zoom Generation “Vachetta Tan” To Debut During All-Star Weekend

NBA All-Star weekend is always full of entertainment, fun, and surprise sneakers. After the long awaited retro of LeBron James’ signature line came to fruition, more interesting information has come about. You can expect the Nike Air Zoom Generation “Vachetta Tan” Quickstrike to release during 2017 All-Star weekend. While early images have yet to surface, LeBron’s first retro sneaker can be expected to look similar to previous Nike releases using the same motif.

Stick with Nice Kicks for up to the minute updates on the Nike Air Zoom Generation “Vachetta Tan” QS and other NBA All-Star surprises.

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Vachetta Tan/Vachetta Tan – Sail
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Release Date: February 2017

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Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star II“Change everything without…

Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star II

“Change everything without changing a thing”

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The Full Story Behind The $1150 Buscemi B-Court Shoe That John Wall Wore At All-Star Weekend

words & interview // Nick DePaula:

All-Star Weekend has become an expected celebration every February, not just for the game’s biggest names to show off their explosive talents, but also for the footwear companies looking to launch new statement level products and themed collections at the league’s annual showcase event.

Typically, that means signature stars like Stephen Curry, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant will all debut sneakers with special backstories and detailing inspired by the game’s host city. For Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall, he found himself in a unique situation this past February in Toronto, as he’s currently in between shoe deals. Not since Ron Artest wore multiple shoes throughout the 2004 All-Star Game have we seen a sneaker free agent in the game.

“What’s a better stage to introduce a shoe than during the All-Star Game?”
— Jon Buscemi

John 5 500If you were paying close attention, you would’ve noticed that Wall actually took the floor for warmups in a pair of red Italian leather Buscemi sneakers. That caught our interest because the Buscemi brand is known for their made-in-Italy “obnoxiously high quality” casual sneakers, namely its 100 MM model, which incorporates metal clasps and molded handles drafting off of none other than high fashion handbags.

According to the brand’s founder and head designer, Jon Buscemi, they seeded Wall with an early pair of the new B-Court sneaker, as a token of appreciation for one of their longtime proponents and unofficial ambassadors of the brand.

“What’s a better stage to introduce a shoe than during the All-Star Game?” Buscemi recently said over the phone. “That’s traditionally when the biggest brands introduce something. We didn’t promote it at all. All we did was send them to John, he loved it and then he wore them in the warmups before the game. He wanted to wear it in the game, but he wasn’t allowed to because of the hardware in it.”

The hardware Buscemi is referring to would be the 18K gold lock, loop and buckle found along the shoe’s high-cut collar. In addition to prohibiting sneakers that might provide a player with a competitive advantage, the league also simply has a common rule barring extra embellishments or metal objects on footwear. Even though it’s an exhibition game, Wall’s kicks weren’t approved for play by the league.

1200 Buscemi BCourt John Wall 1“John has been a fan of the brand and a pseudo brand ambassador for awhile,” Buscemi continues. “He’s one of our biggest customers, and we’ve built a relationship. We thought it would be really amazing to get him a shoe for All-Star Weekend.”

With Wall in between sneaker deals, opting to play this season out and become a shoe free agent in June, rather than sign a new extension with adidas, the opportunity for Buscemi to crash the All-Star Weekend with its newest basketball-inspired silhouette couldn’t have been better timing. Over the last few years since launching, the company’s 100 MM sneaker has been spotted on the likes of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, James Harden and many others off the court, and now, the brand is more directly tying into the sport’s sneaker heritage.

John 6The B-Court, short for “Ball Court,” represents a new departure for the Buscemi brand, drifting to hoops culture for the first time, while still retaining some classic styling elements and the trademark Buscemi gold hardware.

“We wanted to take sports and the finest Italian leather shoes and bring them together,” says Jon. “It’s the first eleven-hundred dollar shoe that’s seen the floor of an NBA court.”

The shoe will be officially launching later this Spring / Summer season — and yes — the B-Court will be made in Italy and priced at $ 1150. While not specifically made to be played in, the glorified pickup setting at All-Star Weekend served as the perfect platform for Wall to try and debut the new sneaker.

“The shoe wasn’t engineered for the court like a performance shoe, but he loved the way it fit and the way it felt on the court,” reveals Buscemi. “His feedback was really positive, but at the end of the day, it was more about stunting on people. We have some photos of other players staring at him, and basically going, ‘Hey, what the fuck are those?’”

“At the end of the day, it was more about stunting on people.”
— Jon Buscemi

Ultimately, Wall wasn’t able to suit up for the actual All-Star Game in the B-Court, and after being introduced in Kobe Xs, he eventually opted for the hardware-less, then-unreleased “French Blue” Air Jordan XII. Buscemi says the brand still felt the added visibility to the new model across a fleet of sneaker blogs, and is looking forward to continuing the brand’s friendship with Wall.

John 4 Buscemi“His style is really aligned with what we do,” begins Buscemi. “We take a luxury approach, but also have a classic design aesthetic. You’ll see gold, the ornate hardware and the finest leather in the world, but it’s not over the top. It really rides that classic line. That’s how John dresses and that’s why I think he’s attracted to the brand. In the future, we’ll probably work on some fun customs for him.”

The brand’s sneakers will continue to offer a stylized twist on industry staples, with a focus on hand-made quality and construction.

“We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel or come up with the next god’s gift to technology side of footwear,” jokes Buscemi. “It’s more about taking things that we loved as kids and teenagers, and looking at that now as classic footwear and flipping them.”

As the Buscemi brand recently added a slide to the line, and expands to hoops-inspired sneakers this Spring / Summer with the B-Court, you can also expect to see new silos ahead as the company widens its portfolio of products.

“We make a really beautifully made slide now, because we all love slides from growing up. After we’d get off the field or court from playing, we’d throw on slides. It’s more of a lifestyle approach,” says Buscemi.

“In the fall, we’ll also be making a boot. We’re making one of the finest made Italian work boots that you’ll ever see in the market. We’ll have Goodyear welds, buffalo leather and real rubber soles to make these things indestructible. We’re taking a boot and elevating it into being an elegant work boot. We’re taking the best of what’s out there and making it our own.”

While the B-Court’s debut was almost one of the great marketing crashes in All-Star Weekend history, the shoe first worn by John Wall will finally be making its way to Buscemi.com and its lengthy list of stockists in the coming months. Check out the $ 1150 sneaker in detail below.

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Inside the adidas VIP Gifting Suite at All-Star Weekend Toronto

NBA All-Star Weekend is officially underway. Taking to The North, our friend Larry Luk is making the most of the festivities all three days and lucky for us he brought his camera with him. His first stop? The adidas VIP Gifting Suite.

Always an awesome spot with gracious hosts and plenty of generosity, it appears this go-round in Toronto is no different. From James Harden’s Crazylight Boost 2.5 “XENO” PE to glow-in-the-dark T-MACs, see what’s being gifted by The Three Stripes in The Six.

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Convers Japan Chuck Taylor All-Star ‘Mountain Parka’ Edition


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For Fall/Winter 2012, Converse Japan looked to the great outdoors as the basis for its Chuck Taylor All-Star “Mountain Parka” iteration, a rugged take on the footwear classic. Available in black, green and red, the sneaker is characterized most notably by a heel lace detail reminiscent of parka hood drawstrings. Nylon upper construction and a leather logo patch round out the jacket-inspired Chucks, ideal for both rustic and urban pursuits. Part of the “Ready for Winter?” collection, the Converse Japan Chuck Taylor All Star “Mountain Parka” will be available in October at Converse Japan accounts.

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Video: Inside the Jordan All-Star Consumer Space at Penn Pavilion


Merging its 30th anniversary with All-Star Weekend, Jordan Brand opened its Pearl Pavilion Consumer Space in NYC. Chock full of history, patrons were able to soak in the nostalgic experience thanks to the timeless memorabilia housed within the location. Aside from chronicling the brand’s illustrious 30-year run, interactive stations were also on hand. From running through Carmelo’s footwork drills to reliving some of MJ’s most memorable clutch moments, Jordan Brand was certainly out in full force. Check out a look inside their All-Star Consumer Space at Penn Pavilion below, and be sure to keep it locked right here with Nice Kicks for more.


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Confirmed: adidas Yeezy 750 Boost to Release All-Star Weekend


While this was considered all but certain, this morning the adidas Confirmed App lived up to its name and confirmed that the highly anticipated adidas Yeezy 750 Boost will launch in NYC over All-Star Weekend. While an exact date is yet to be denoted, it will certainly be interesting to see how the app launch goes.

Though this may be a bummer to those not in NYC for ASW, we certainly believe a wider release will follow in the near future. The Three Stripes are certainly consicous of how many people want this shoe and Kanye has stated many times how he wants these to be more accessible than his previous sneaker releases.

Over the course of the last few days, has the adidas Yeezy 750 Boost grown on you? Let us know in the comment section.

Lead image photos via Ibn Jasper

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Nike Zoom HyperRev 2015 “All-Star” Official Images


The only shoe included in Nike Basketball’s “Zoom City” Collection with a specific NYC reference, the Nike Zoom HyperRev 2015 is on tap to deliver its “All-Star” colorway next week. Based in grey, poison green and a hint of blue take care of the Dynamic Flywire lace eyelets and heel counter. Black darkens the inner bootie, Swooshes, and speckled midsole aesthetic of this game-inspired Nike Zoom HyperRev 2015 drop that is tentatively set to release February 12th.

Nike Zoom HyperRev 2015 “All-Star”

Colorway: Multi-Color/Poison Green/Black
Style #: 744700-903
Release Date: February 12, 2015
Price: $ 150

Nike Zoom HyperRev 2015 All-Star Official Images

Nike Zoom HyperRev 2015 “All-Star”

Nike Zoom HyperRev 2015 All-Star Official Images

Nike Zoom HyperRev 2015 “All-Star”

Nike Zoom HyperRev 2015 All-Star Official Images

Nike Zoom HyperRev 2015 “All-Star”

Nike Zoom HyperRev 2015 All-Star Official Images

Nike Zoom HyperRev 2015 “All-Star”


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