From black and white Converse Chuck Taylors in the ’70s to SpongeBob SquarePants Kyrie 5s, the NBA sneaker game has come a long way. While each player has their favorite shoe and unique style on their feet, the best of these players get the chance to have their own exclusive or signature shoe that they can design, wear and even tell a story with.
The LA Clippers, in particular, have been and continue to be home to superstars with their own iconic shoes, like Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Chris Paul. Whether in Clipper-colored Jordans or holiday-themed New Balances, they never fail to turn heads. Today we’re going to take a look at some of the flashiest and prettiest of them and rank them.
Here is a list of my favorite player-exclusive and signature shoes.
N ° 10: New Balance KAWHI “Santa Klaws”
Clipper superstar Kawhi Leonard got it hot on Christmas Day with his signature shoe with New Balance. Taking inspiration from the snow wasset – a creature that resembles the persistence and composure with which Kawhi plays – his signature shoes took an original approach to a shoe for the winter holidays.
# 9: Jordan Super.Fly 2, Blake Griffin PE
The former Clipper and six-time NBA All-Star put on a show with both his powerful rim trims and his Js – maybe these shoes added a few inches to his 35.5-inch vertical! The added pops of bright red on the shoe’s sky blue upper are eye-catching to say the least.
# 8: Under Armor Spine Bionic, Deandre Jordan PE
While the “Santa Klaws” were quite a different take on Christmas Day kicks, Deandre Jordan’s SCREAM Christmas shoes: they’re the perfect mix of festive red and green. I’m sure DJ was able to deliver dunks in these holiday themed shoes, like Santa Claus easily delivers presents on Christmas Day.
N ° 7: Pic “Underground goat”
Place number seven goes to my favorite old Clipper sneakers from Peak. Lou Williams was my favorite player because, alongside Patrick Beverley and Montrezl Harrell, he embodied the perseverance and tenacity of this organization; likewise, his shoes epitomize the Clippers – in colors, at least. The mix of blue, red and white not only complements the Clipper uniforms perfectly, but the word “Underground” written on the upper of the shoe is an added stylish element and a testament to Sweet Lou’s laudable but underrated career. .
N ° 6: Jordan CP3.VII PE
Former Clipper Chris Paul has, in my opinion, one of the underrated signature shoes. They don’t get the attention they deserve, especially the older models. These CP3s in particular are fun to watch. While the glowing neon makes the shoe stand out, the unique green and orange hue camouflage pattern makes these shoes hard to forget.
# 5: BrandBlack J. Crossover I
Did you know Jamal Crawford has a signature shoe? Well, now you know it and you won’t regret seeing them. His BrandBlack high top sneakers are drenched in Clipper colors. The wing-like pattern – or even graffiti – on the uppers of these shoes perhaps reflects the former sixth man of the year playing on the pitch: he ‘hovers’ over defenders and scores with ease on the pitch. any given possession.
The subtle touches, the chrome BrandBlack logo and jersey number written on the side of the shoes, helped the figure make it into the top five on my list.
N ° 4: Nike PG 1 “Flip the Switch”
Although PG 1 was released in 2017, long before his tenure on his hometown team, Paul George decided to spice things up with his former model in the Orlando bubble. This GR colorway (general version) stands out as the hot pink and metallic blue contrast perfectly with the solid black of the upper.
The more I look at this pair, the more I feel the need to add them to my collection before I get dressed for my basketball season next year.
N ° 3: New Balance KAWHI X Jolly Rancher
Kawhi’s New Balance sneakers make another appearance on the list, this time in a different color. These kicks help us better understand a composed and unostentatious superstar in Kawhi. Here’s the story: Jolly Rancher was his favorite childhood candy, so it was a no-brainer for Kawhi to put that on his shoes.
As much as I love the myriad of vibrant colors in these shoes, my favorite detail is the expressionless faces of the fruit gang characters from Jolly Ranchers on the tongue of the shoes, hallmarks of Kawhi’s lack of emotion.
No.2: Nike PG 4 Gatorade PE
PG has just the best sneakers on the court. This player-exclusive colourway is a collaboration with Gatorade, hence the lightning bolt inside the sneakers. When fully zipped, the PG 4s have an elegant silhouette; when unzipped, however, they offer a bit more flavor (just like a bottle of cold Gatorade!).
This pair, to me, is the best of both worlds: they have just the right amount of crazy colors and the right amount of chic and classy black. I mean, even PG plays with the best of both worlds, flash and elegance. Like player, like shoe, right?
N ° 1: Jordan 11 CP3 PE
The Clippers’ career assists leader now has another achievement to add to his long list of accolades. I hereby announce the first Clipper sneaker champion, Chris Paul!
Paul has an advantage over most players as his PE is done on the Jordan 11 silhouette, one of the most coveted Jordan models of all time (second behind the 1s, in my opinion). The upper, laces and midsole are all the same bright red, all contrasted by the ice blue outsole. The signature Jordan 11s patent leather and Jumpman logo in a pretty metallic blue make this pair a holy grail for a sneakerhead like me.
Which of these shoes did you like the most? Is there one that I missed? Let us know in the comments below.