Clippers Sneaker Watch: LA’s walking magic now fully on display
Maybe good shoes really take you to some great places. After starting the season 1-4 (blame it on shooting selection or, better yet, shoe selection), the Clippers made some noise in November, thanks in large part to their seven-game winning streak. While it’s easy to get lost in the team’s impressive scoring margins and Paul George’s glamor on the pitch, their sneaker game also deserves some attention.
Led by George, who has his own signature shoe line, the Clippers – each of them – made the smarter choices and put on the right pair of kicks before stepping on hardwood. It is through these shoes that players get a taste of their personality and express themselves.
First of all, the man himself, Paul George. Recently, George turned around with some exclusive PG 5s to players never before seen in his MVP campaign. While all are unique in their own way, all seem to work under a common theme: colorful yet harmonious. Despite being so rich in color, sometimes contrasting, they all work. My favorite – what looks like a pair of NikeIDs (custom color using Nike’s custom options) is a pair of pristine white PG 5s with pops of soft pastel pink and cyan hues.
George’s criminal partner Reggie Jackson has also stepped up his shoe game since his lackluster start to the season. Eventually growing up from the same two pairs of General Release (GR) PG 5 – blue and sky blue and black and white – that he had been wearing for half a season, he finally found his new Nike. Now the third variation in its mix-match PG 5 series comes in the form of a forest green shoe on the right and a cropped purple on the left.
As for his background duo, Eric Bledsoe, simplicity has always been his mantra, whether it manifests in his playstyle or his sneaker preferences. His white and pink LeBron Soldier 14s are pleasing to the eye, to say the least. There’s just the right amount of each color, and the white sparkles on the salmon pink midsole are the icing on the cake of Bledsoe’s kicks.
The return of the Frenchman is accompanied not only by more blocks and triple crunch-times but also by a fashion show of its own. The only Jordan Brand athlete on the list, Nicolas Batum was one of those who gave a glimpse of his French flavor in conjunction with the world-famous logo on the side of his shoes – this pair of Jordan 35s, in particular, are fruity and fruity. amusing.
With his new contract with Anta, third-year Clipper Terance Mann seems to have a little more creative control with what he puts on his feet. It’s different and loud, just like the way the 25-year-old approaches basketball and fashion.
Simple but deadly. Luke Kennard pays homage to his collegiate team with Zoom Freaks that are all white in the upper with a bold touch of Duke Blue on the Nike Swoosh (looks great with the socks, Luke!).
While what happens at the feet of these players may not be the X factor that determines which teams come out winners, it is still an interesting part of the game of basketball. Lucky for us Clipper fans, the Clips did more than enough to represent the 213 and all the Los Angeleno sneakerheads.