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The best sneakers of the All-Star Game 2021

From Virgil Abloh's gift to LeBron to Jaylen Brown's tribute to T-Mac

The best sneakers of the All-Star Game 2021 From Virgil Abloh's gift to LeBron to Jaylen Brown's tribute to T-Mac

The NBA All-Star Game 2021 was unique, for better or for worse. The game did not offer great ideas and memorable plays - except for the duel between Stephen Curry and Damian Lillard from half court - but on an aesthetic level it was one of the games of the most dense stars of content, both for the centrality of the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) that meet the style of the players and both for the choices of several brands to launch big news on one of the stages with the greatest visibility - according to reports from commissioner Adam Silver, the interactions regarding the ASG are close to 2 billion.

The pre-match parade was structured better than in the other years, also thanks to the absence of the public (only 1,500 in a facility with almost 17,000 seats) and the greater spaces that the empty State Farm Arena offered. On a catwalk the All-Stars and the guests of the collateral events paraded, almost always coinciding with the exception of Obi Toppin, Robert Covington and Anfernee Simons, winner of the dunk competition.

5 sneakers off-the-court

There is no shortage of news off the pitch. The only captain present opens the dance, LeBron James, wearing a brand new pair of Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 Low "University Gold" signed by Virgil Abloh and personally given by the artistic director of Louis Vuitton. Immediately after the King James show, the CEO of Off-White posted a video on his profile showing the customization of the shoe: the "Black Lives Matter" details on the laces, "LEBRON" and "VIRGIL WAS HERE" on the 'midsole and a silver swoosh with black stitching. Another new entry is the shoe that shows Kawhi Leonard for the first time, a New Balance 2002R made in collaboration with BAPE. If on the one hand the "representative suit" did not convince, unreleased shoes rebalance the situation.

The ranking is completed by the footwear choices of Donovan Mitchell, James Harden and Obi Toppin. Spyda combines the MFBLU jacket with a pair of Dior B23 High-op Sneaker in red, while the rookie player of the New York Knicks chooses the new Trophy Room x Nike Air Jordan 1. Las but not least, James Harden with a fluorescent Louis Vuitton Trainer green that breaks up the total white look composed of a Vetements raincoat and a white Zegna x Fear of God shirt.


5 sneakers on-the-court

Different speech for the sneakers worn by the players during the game. Only LeBron belongs to both categories, thanks to his Nike LeBron 18 Florida A&M PE dedicated to one of the 101 schools that are part of the HBCU group. From the captain to the president, always keeping in mind Swoosh: Chris Paul wore the Nike D-Book 1 "Be Legendary" in the initial part of the match, dedicating the particular color to the teammate who was absent due to injury. Speaking of tributes, Jaylen Brown chooses to honor one of his idols, Tracy McGrady, wearing the adidas T-Mac 2 "All-Star" with a message that the former Raptors and Magic had sent to the Celtics player: "Remember Humble and Hungry".