words // Brandon Richard
This past weekend, the NBA held the 61st Annual All-Star Game, played at the Amway Center in sunny Orlando, Florida. The game, which is being called one of the best to date, featured several notable highlights that made it one for the ages. Kobe Bryant scored 27 points to pass Michael Jordan on the all-time NBA All-Star Game scoring list. Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat became only the third player to record a triple-double in the game, notching 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. LeBron James led a feverish second-half comeback for the Eastern Conference, recording 36 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists on the night. However, it was Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant who walked away with MVP honors, leading the Western Conference to a slim 152-149 victory with 36 points and 7 rebounds of his own.
While we’re obviously fans of the on-court performances, All-Star Weekend is also significant in the sneaker community because of the special basketball shoes worn for the occasion. Throughout the years, players like Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant have switched into alternate colorways of their signature shoes for the star-studded affair. In celebration of Sunday’s game, Sole Shots presents a collection of photos featuring All-Star footwear from the last 24 years. Read on for a look at this week’s submissions and let us know what your all-time favorite All-Star shoe is.
Igor PlaiO, Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Pat Lauder aka quickster, Gilroy, California
M.J. Rodriguez aka mjrod1985, Honolulu, Hawaii
Bodia Lelana, Jakarta, Indonesia
Jefferson Santos aka gdiemaster, San Diego, California
Dirty Soles, New York City
Uncle, Toronto Canada
Chris Morris, G2CDesigns, Wallingford, Connecticut
kr3st, Orlando, Florida
Air Butchie Productions, Pasadena, California
Steve Tran aka try again?, Southern California
If you’re interested in submitting your photos for Sole Shots, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and location with your submissions. You also have the option of providing us with a link to your online photo album or website to link back to when we post your work. You do not have to be a registered member of Sole Collector to participate.