How Sneaker Companies Upstaged Christmas

by December 26, 2008

by Chris O’Leary

What’s up everyone, and happy holidays. This has turned out to be one of the rare Christmases in the last 10 years or so that I didn’t wake up to find a new pair of shoes under the tree. It’s all good though. The older you get, the less you rely on the holidays to feed your habit. My sneaker addiction has grown into a nasty little monster that lives and grows in my closet, but it’s one that I can manage myself. I’m curious as to what some of you added to your collections, though (any new Jordan 11/12 CDP owners out there?), so please share in the comments section.

One of the best rule changes that came this past off-season (in my opinion, anyway) was the one that allowed for footwear modifications for special events. Naturally, the sneaker companies have been all over these opportunities to lace their best players in something special on special days.

From a sneaker standpoint alone, no day this season has been more special than Christmas Day.

On days like today, I thank the man/woman/mysterious higher entity upstairs for Niketalk. For a complete rundown of who wore what on Christmas Day, check here and here. Check pages 81–onward for Christmas-related discussion on the second link.

Some personal standouts, although some of these may not have been Dec. 25 exclusives:

— Dwight Howard’s Superman-themed TS Bounce Commanders.
— The Hyperdunks on the feet of Courtney Lee, Glen Davis, Lamar Odom, Delonte West, Mike James, Rudy Fernandez and J.J. Barea.
— Derek Fisher’s Air Powermaxes (I think that’s what they’re called).
— Amare Stoudamire’s Foamposite Lights.

Anyway, I hope you all are enjoying this day and that you didn’t cause long-lasting damage to your familial relationships by taking in the quintuple-header in its entirety.