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With the 2011 NBA All-Star Game taking place at Staples Center this year, Nike is rolling out a huge collection of L.A.-inspired footwear for the occasion. In addition to Kobe Bryant’s new signature shoe, the Zoom Kobe VI, and the team-oriented Zoom Hyperfuse Low, Nike’s Sportswear division is releasing an All-Star Pack of Air Force 1s following the same theme. Available at Eastbay now is a pair that salutes L.A.’s Easternmost region.

The “East L.A.” Air Force 1 features a rich black leather upper with tonal nubuck filling in the side panels and toebox. Reflective wolf grey material is used to accent the Swoosh and heel tab. Acknowledging some of the culture within East L.A., tattoo-style “LA” graphics appear on the tongue and insole. The midsole, which features a grey contrast stitch and branding, is done in black. A smoked-out translucent outsole completes the look below.

Available: Nike Air Force 1 – “East L.A.”

Nike Air Force 1 All-Star 2011 East LA Black Wolf Grey 315122-046