Grading Nike Basketball’s ‘All Star’ Collection

Nike officially debuted their collection of sneakers for the NBA All Star game, including the signature sneakers of LeBron, Kyrie, Kobe and Durant. It wasn’t very pretty.

I don’t really like any of these signature sneakers, especially the KD8 & LeBron 13, but I did my best to grade all of these on an even playing field because I am a standup guy.

I’ve taken the liberty to supply some pictures of what each shoe immediately reminded me of. I’m not a hero, just doing my best.

4. KD8- 3/10*



I like the laces. Does remind me of a Picasso. Also like the bold color scheme for the All Star festivities and I wish I could give this sneaker a better score but it’s just not doing it for me. 

*I reviewed the rest of the shoes, came back to these, and now I like them a little more than the original score I gave of 3. If I, hypothetically speaking, stuffed a bong full of Louisiana Swamp Moss and came back to the All Star KD8 again I might even like ’em a little more. So this is a fluid situation- but now my official score is 5.7/10 definitively bumping them ahead of the LeBron 13. 

3. LeBron 13- 4.6/10



I’m on the record as being strongly against LeBron’s signature line, specifically since the 10th sneaker came out. Having said that, I’m also a fan of this military green color. It just does it for me. It’s simple all around which I also like but would have maybe preferred to see a gum sole on these. As a whole, it just doesn’t have that ‘All Star’ vibe though- reminds me more of a Veteran’s day tribute. And because the actual sneaker is so galactic and clunky I can’t give this higher than a 5. I just won’t do it, I have standards and a reputation to uphold.

2. Kyrie 2- 6.7/10



I don’t love the Kyrie 2 but I don’t hate it either. I do love when players wear some loud, gaudy sneakers for the All Star game and this yellow jawn really does the trick. I certainly wouldn’t be able to wear these without people hissing and spitting at me, but as an All Star sneaker for professional basketball player Kyrie Irving, I’m ok with these. 6.7 is a passing grade and that’s more than fair.

1. Kobe 11- 6.8/10


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Out of all 4 Nike sigs, the Kobe 11 is my favorite but that’s not saying much. The overall shoe reminds me of the Kobe 9, which I own a pair of (customized on NikeiD, nbd) and that’s enough to convince me that this All Star shoe is the best of the bunch. Besides, I’m getting a strong Poison Dart Frog vibe from this sneaker and I have never not been into Poison Dart Frogs.

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