Players took to the court earlier this week in several MLK Day-themed sneakers honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Nike’s top athletes continued to highlight the brand’s “Equality” tagline, with Kyrie Irving’s newest sneaker featuring the phrase repeated on the upper.
For several players, MLK Day also served as an unveil date for larger Black History Month collections for February. Eric Bledsoe’s Nike Zoom Soldier 11 featured color hits from the pan-African flag, along with a gold foil stamp with the date Nov. 4, 2008 — the date Barack Obama was first elected president. Karl-Anthony Towns continued his streak of wearing hand-painted shoes from artist Kickstradomis, with a detailed “I Have A Dream”-themed pair of his size 20 Hyperdunks.
In addition to the many themed sneakers seen last week, Oklahoma City Thunder wing and featured Nike athlete Paul George unveiled his newest shoe, the PG2, over the weekend. His second signature sneaker with the brand, the debut colorway is inspired by his love for video games, with an official PlayStation collaboration that features light-up tongue logos and game-controller accents throughout.
Check out all of the best sneakers from around the league this week, and vote on your favorite pair below.