Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and the NBA is always ready to celebrate it in style with their annual tradition of Christmas sneakers.
For one day of the year, all rules are off the court when it comes to basketball uniform shoes – and players take the opportunity to get funky fresh with their feet.
This year was no exception, and floors across the country found themselves decorated with fun balling sneakers in the true spirit of Christmas.
1. Joel Embiid wore mismatched Under Armour UA Hovr Havoc 2 sneakers
Joel brought his A+ shoes and game to Philadelphia 76ers Christmas Day game against the Milwaukee Bucks, helping his team sweet through victoriously by shooting 31 points to win in just 28 minutes. But the real star of this show were his Under Armour UA Hovr Havoc 2 sneakers, which were festively mismatched – one green, one red.
2. Gordon Hawyward in the ANTA GH1 “Ugly Sweater”
3. LeBron James repped both the Nike LeBron 17 “More Than an Athlete” AND the “China Moon” Nike LeBron 7
Because how could he resist his own namesake.
4. PJ Tucker in the Nike KD 12 “Aunt Pearl”
PJ laced up his fellow Texas Longhorn alum’s shoes, made in honor of Durant’s late aunt who battled cancer.
5. P.J. Tucker Air Jordan 4 “Wahlburger”
Houston Rockets forward repped the iconic shoe made for legendary actor Mark Wahlberg and the Wahlberg family. These shoes run for about $15,000.
6. Giannis Antetokounmpo Nike Zoom Freak 1 “Soul Glo”
The shoes on Antetokounmpo’s feet this Christmas were the second release of the Hollywood-inspired Nike Zoom Freak shoe. Based on the MVP’s favorite movie, “Coming to America,”
the style and name play off of the “Soul Glo” commercial from the movie, which was a hair product frequently used to keep popular Jheri-style curls intact.
7. Marcus Smart in Puma Clyde Hardwood Custom
Hardwood by Sierato allowed artist Sierato to design many pairs with holiday-themed imagery.
8. Jamal Murray in custom Adidas Pro Model 2G
9. Leonard donned the “Money Stacks” New Balance OMN1S.
The message wasn’t subtle, and the crowd loved it.