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Monday, October 3rd, 2011 at 1:01 pm  |  31 responses

Kicks: Kevin Love’s New Brand

The T-Wolves rebounding machine’s latest signature shoe.

Come tip-off this year, Kevin Love will be adjusting to new teammates (like Derrick Williams and Ricky Rubio) and a new coach in Rick Adelman. Now you can add a new sneaker brand to Love’s list of changes for ’11-12. CounterKicks found photos of KLove’s latest release with a new Chinese company, 361 Degrees. The design is innovative and all about the rebounding monster from Minnesota, right down to the “Love” tattooed on the shoe’s tongue. The rest, via CounterKicks, with pictures courtesy of Ye-Wa:

Brand new, new brand Love.

Minnesota Timberwolves rebounding cyborg Kevin Love recently signed a new endorsement deal with Chinese sportswear brand 361 Degrees, ending his almost two year run with PEAK.

Here’s a first look at the 361 Degrees Kevin Love 1 player exclusive shoe dressed up in ‘Sota colors. The shoe features a midcut height with padded ankle strips, an inner bootie fit system, hidden lacing system, external heel counter, and fin-like heel outsole outrigger. Wavy herringbone takes care of most traction.

361 Degrees joins PEAK, ANTA, and Li-Ning as a lineup of China-based footwear companies who have attracted NBA talent to endorsements and shoe contract. More info to come.

Credit to Love for trying something new. Clearly, he’s not the type to fuss over his kicks. But does his latest footwear pass the eye test?

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  • cnewells

    never heard of 361 but these are dope

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    It’s all fun, games and good money until plantar fasciitis kicks in.

  • runNGun

    It looks fine but I want to see the black colorway.

  • AMPduppp

    Don’t mind em, but the 361 degree logo looks wack. It just looks cheap and tacked on

  • JEr dawg

    The 361 makes NO sense, but I’ve seen worse shoe designs before. I’m more concerned about cushioning and support rather than aesthetics. Old Jordans aren’t up to par support wise, but looks are off the charts.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Yea, they’re okay. But I agree, the logo needs a facelift.

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    The look is generic, but I wonder about the comfort as well. But these Chinese companies must be doing something right because they are attracting tons of players.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Looks a bit like the generic kicks in NBA 2K. But B.Crawford said it best.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    You know what would really take this brand to the next level? If K Love endorsed future NBA MVP Chris Bosh

  • http://smartgilas.com.ph deezndhaus

    nice colorway and design. 360 would have been fine.

  • spades

    361 degrees= net gain of 1 degree. How optimistic.

  • robb

    Boring and generic

  • Sean

    That thing sticking out at the back of the shoe looks like it could cause a million and one injuries in a million each in a million and one different ways….

  • brandon

    i dont like the name 361
    instead of 361 i think they could push his name love somehow
    the design isnt bad <—————

  • j.r #36

    ugly

  • http://femalesneakerfiend.com Lori

    Where do I start? They look like boats, the logo’s awful, the leather looks like plastic…They musta offered KLove a boatload of money!!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I know Chinese shoe brands are most likely the future, but as of right now all their kicks look like something you can buy at Payless.

  • bucky

    lebron traveled

  • http://Slamonline.coM nbk

    I just rolled my ankle lookin at those

  • http://www.twitter.com/notebooknick NotebookNick

    UGH.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    lol@ bucky

  • http://na Jadetree

    he should have signed with this http://accelsports.com/

  • theedit

    These have a little Zoom Generation in them.

  • Zabbah

    I like it. It’s eye catching. Although I don’t see the big deal in the name 1 Degree.

  • Ali

    Must be a big dollar amount attached to this endorsement!

  • Flud

    Those are some rotten lookin’ boats. Kinda like Love’s head

  • http://SLAM FLIGHT 9

    i don’t care what he wears just get me 16 boards per game

  • Robb

    those are incredibly ugly

  • Boy Sanchez

    These are awful.

  • queazy

    @spades, that’s exactly what I was thinking!

  • Galagu

    suck.

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