The Best NBA Signature Sneakers in Basketball Right Now

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The Best NBA Signature Sneakers in Basketball Right Now

The Best NBA Signature Sneakers in Basketball Right Now

The NBA Playoffs came to a thrilling finish last week and the USA men’s and women’s teams are currently vying for Olympic gold, but whose sneakers hold the title for best signature shoes? Get more news about best basketball shoes of 2021,you can vist!

Our annual refresh of NBA signature sneaker rankings has arrived, and the field is bigger than ever. There are the obvious usual names in the mix like LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving, along with new entries to the group like Zion Williamson, Trae Young, and, believe it or not, even Andrew Wiggins.

For full transparency, we haven’t actually played basketball in all of these shoes. Some of us haven’t played in any of them. But we’re not reviewing the shoes based on their performance benefits. This ranking is based on factors like design, on-court moments, player significance, and brand storytelling around the shoes through colorways and marketing. As hoops hit a brief lull during the offseason, we’ve got all the action you need below. These are The Best NBA Signature Sneakers in Basketball Right Now.

The Philadelphia 76ers floundered in the playoffs once again this season, leaving its fans (myself included) and long-time supporters of “The Process” questioning what the hell the years of anguish have all been for and demanding certain players even be traded across the country. Before all of the disappointment, there was hope though, largely in part because of the MVP-like season of superstar center Joel Embiid. It could be argued that if he never got injured midseason he would have been the regular season MVP instead of Nikola Jokić. He was playing that well. Despite the massive amount of talent Embiid has, it certainly doesn’t make the Under Armour sneakers bearing his name any good. Nothing about them really screams “signature shoe.” They look more like a generic team offering from the brand than a shoe made for one of the NBA’s best players. Colorways nodding to his home country of Cameroon make for good storytelling. A combination of Micro G and HOVR cushioning mean these are likely solid to play in. You might see some Sixers-colored pairs walking around the concourses of the Wells Fargo Center. But none of that really saves these. As a lifelong Sixers fan, I want to be excited for the franchise player’s new shoe the same way I used to be for Allen Iverson’s Reeboks. But so far, these have missed the mark.
To my own disbelief, Gordon Hayward’s first signature sneaker with Anta wasn’t that bad. You might need to re-read that sentence a few times, but it’s true. His second sneaker, however, is all bad. There’s a plastic logo piece going up the middle of the sneaker and a few ripples going down the midsole. The colorways of the sneaker also haven’t been good. There were a few decent colorways of Hayward’s first shoe, and maybe that’s what solidified it as halfway decent. The same can’t be said for his second effort. So when you take a player without star power and put him on a lower tier brand, and not even make the shoes look somewhat alright, you’re left with being near the bottom of the list. Hayward, who now plays for the Charlotte Hornets, should try his hardest to have Michael Jordan sign him to Jordan Brand and get something better on his feet. — Matt Welty

Andrew Wiggins’ signature sneaker with Peak isn’t particularly offensive, but it’s also not particularly striking. The shoe just looks too familiar, and so many of its elements look like they were plucked from signature shoes from the past half-decade. The promo video introducing the sneakers has a cushioning demo reminiscent of any of a number of ones Adidas put out when it first introduced its bouncy Boost platform. Speaking of Adidas, that shroud piece around the toe almost comes off as borrowed from James Harden’s first signature shoe with the brand. Even the split on the midsole comes at a similar angle as the one on the Harden Vol. 1. All that makes it very hard to be excited about his shoes. That’s not to say that Peak isn’t capable of making cool performance models, but it does have some trouble making them interesting to consumers in North America.