Basketball is so close you can smell it. And that “new shoe” smell, too. This NBA season, Christmas is coming early. Specifically, on Opening Day. The festive nature of our favorite game’s first full day of games is giving players and sneaker companies the opportunity to start the year off with a splash. Above is a collection of the best Christmas edition kicks that you can expect to see on-court when the ball goes up on Sunday.
Plus, the Jordan Melo M8, Jordan Fly Wade 2, Nike Zoom Kobe VII, Nike LeBron 9 and Nike Zoom KD IV signatures will go on sale to the public in their holiday colors on the same day they debut on the feet of their endorsers, via Nike’s online store or any retailers that are open. Some are subtle twists on an existing colorway, while others are more literal takes.
Either way you slice it, we’ll soon be talking about sneakers that the stars are actually wearing, instead of admiring shoes on a shelf or in a box. Hallelujah, and Happy Holidays!