• Sneaker Special: The Official 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend Footwear Roundup

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    Nike Kobe X “All-Star”

    Kobe Bryant, the all-time leader in scoring and consecutive appearances in NBA All-Star Game history, won’t play in this year’s showcase of the greatest talent in basketball, but that didn’t stop Nike from honoring Mamba with a special-edition version of his latest signature shoe, the Kobe X. Aesthetically, the futuristic silhouette draws inspiration from 1964 New York World’s Fair, and is laden with serious performance capabilities thanks to dynamic traction on the outsole and a hybrid cushioning system made up of Lunarlon foam and Nike Free-inspired flex grooves to mimic the natural movement of the foot. For players on the court, this means increased flexibility without taking anything away in the cushioning department.

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    adidas J Wall 1 “NYC”

    Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will wear a NYC edition of his J Wall 1 signature shoe when he hits the Big Apple for his second consecutive All-Star Game. The shoe’s black and white color scheme is in conjunction with the All-Star uniforms that adidas has designed for this year’s game. It’s a good look for a shoe that is known for keeping it simple in terms of appearance, and instead, focusing in on the only thing that matters: performance. Look for Wall to utilize the shoe’s 3D-molded TPU frame to command the court, as well as the full-length Adiprene+ midsole to help him take flight on the competition.

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    Nike LeBron 12 “All-Star”

    You would think that King James’ All-Star sneakers would be modeled after the Empire State Building, however, according to Nike, the Flatiron building is more fitting of LeBron’s strength and the geometric shapes that grace his latest signature, the LeBron 12. Whether you like the shoe’s visuals is up to your personal preference, but when it comes to performance, there’s no second-guessing required. From the Flywire-integrated Megafuse upper to the Hyperposite support wings to the refined Air Zoom layout on the outsole, the LeBron 12 is designed to elevate your game on the hardwood.

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    Under Armour Curry One “Dark Matter”

    It’s safe to say that nobody predicted Stephen Curry’s rise to stardom in the NBA to be so sudden, but that’s precisely how it has played out, with Steph having a monster year that has culminated in him getting the most All-Star votes. So it’s only fitting that UA went with a Dark Matter theme on his first-ever signature All-Star shoe. Its form-fitting Anafoam upper and impact-absorbing Charged cushioning system are blanketed in an abstract, interstellar pattern that is sure to get Curry noticed during All-Star Weekend.

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    Nike KD 7 “All-Star”

    In an apparent nod to the connection between the host boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan, the iconic Brooklyn Bridge is the inspiration behind the KD 7 All-Star. The shoe’s stable Hyperposite heel embodies the strength of the steel structure that it’s based off of, and the responsive, ultra-cushioned Zoom Air unit is a play on the first hybrid steel-wire suspension bridge ever erected in the U.S.

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    adidas D Rose 5 Boost “Superstar”

    Derrick Rose’s All-Star Game sneakers have less to do with NYC and more to do with the 45th anniversary of the adidas Originals Superstar silhouette. The All-Star edition D Rose 5 Boost is a perfect blend of new and old, with the iconic shell toe from the classic Superstar contrasting the high-tech Boost midsole designed to add a bounce in the step of whoever wears the shoe. Once again, the shoe features high-end finishings, but at its core, the D Rose 5 is a performance purebred.

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    Nike Kyrie 1 “All-Star”

    Much like the subway system in NYC, Kyrie Irving is a player known for his speed and efficiency. To compliment his mobility, Nike hooked his first signature shoe up with 360-degree dynamic traction and Zoom Air in the sole, as well as an upper that provides a secure, locked-in fit. Look for Kyrie to show off that impressive agility when he hits NYC in these special-edition sneakers for his third All-Star Game appearance.

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    Jordan CP3.VIII “All-Star”

    There are few players in the NBA who are as smooth on the court as Chris Paul. Likewise, there are few basketball sneakers on the market that cut down all the bells and whistles and keep the focus on what’s under the hood quite like the Jordan CP3.VIII. CP’s signature shoe stands out from the masses in part because of its uniqueness. Rather than Zoom cushioning in the heel (as seen on most other Nike basketball shoes), the CP3.VIII features the tech in the forefoot for improved explosiveness. The CP3.VIII is also one of only a handful of sneakers to feature Nike’s proprietary Flight Web fit system to provide confident stability. For the 2015 All-Star Game, look for CP to show out in this pearly silhouette.

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    Nike HYP Chase “All-Star”

    There is very little technical information out there on the Nike HYP Chase as of now, but hopefully all that will change following the All-Star Game. A shoe that is rumored to have been designed specifically for All-Star James Harden features a low-cut design that is held together with Flywire lacing, a sturdy, wrap-around heel counter, and a translucent rubber outsole. The shoe is a thing of beauty, and should get its fair share of the limelight come All-Star Weekend.

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    Jordan Melo M11 “All-Star”

    His team may not be doing so well, but Carmelo Anthony will get to shine in the spotlight with his hometown set to host the NBA All-Star Game this year. ‘Melo’s shoes for the game feature a similar design aesthetic to that of the CP3.VIII All-Star (white/metallic silver color scheme). Under the skin, the Melo M11 features a bevy of performance specs, including Zoom Air, a molded collar for enhanced ankle support, and a Phylon midsole with FlightPlate technology for responsiveness that’s next-to-none.

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Sneaker Special: The Official 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend Footwear Roundup

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It’s that time of year—some of the best basketball players in the NBA are headed to the annual All-Star game to bask in the limelight and to hold it down for their respective conferences. It’s a weekend that brings with it plenty of entertainment and excitement, as players (some up-and-coming, others seasoned) from all over the league come to show off their respective talents. The All-Star game gives us fans a chance to gauge the state of the league; it’s also a chance for footwear brands to treat their star athletes with special-edition sneakers—often inspired by the host city—to commemorate their All-Star selection. With the festivities set to take over New York City, lets take a moment to look at the sneakers that will be featured at NBA All-Star Weekend this year.