Top 5 All-Star Nike Releases of All Time!
Published on February 15th, 2013 | by Jeremy Melendez | 3 Comments | 1,725 Views
The 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us and that means that the All-Star sneaker releases are HERE! With such an “out-of-this-world” Nike All-star pack dropping today, we decided to take a look at five of the most unique, memorable, and overall bad ass Nike All-Star releases of ALL TIME!
5. Nike Air Force 1 ‘Orange County’ (2011 All-Star Pack)
In 2011 the NBA All-Star games were held in the City Of Angels: Los Angeles, California. Nike saw this as the perfect opportunity to commemorate LA and it’s rich history by releasing the Air Force 1
All-Star Pack. Three Air force 1s were released to pay tribute to different districts in L.A. including Orange County, East L.A., and Hollywood. But only one sneaker stood out amongst the others. The Orange County AF1 kept the classic Air Force 1 silhouette with a white leather upper. A blue swoosh, along with orange lining, laces, stitching, and laceholders really make the shoe pop.
4. Nike Barkley Posite Max Premium (2013 Area 72 All-Star Pack)
Riding the coattails of last year’s “Galaxy” success Nike is back at it with the Area 72 All-Star Pack. With Houston hosting the NBA All-Star games this year, Nike took it upon themselves to pay tribute
to NASA. One particular sneaker that stands out is the Nike Barkley Posite Max. The brand-new sneaker model makes its debut in the galactic Area 72 colorway. A foamposite upper with a 3M speckle overlay and glow in the dark sole (gee, sounds familiar) definitely makes this sneaker the best of the bunch.
3. Nike Hyperize ‘East’ (2010 East V.S West All-Star Pack)
In 2010 Nike Basketball released two versions of the All-Star Hyperize model. One model representing the East (blue), and the West (red). I prefer the east, simply because I’m tired of red shoes. The Eastern version of the Hyperize features an all blue upper with a 3M style woodgrain toebox and lining. The woodgrain is a great pattern that I’d love to see on more shoes and the fact that it’s 3M is dope. Heat for your feet at its finest.
2. Nike Air Jordan XI ‘Columbia’ (1996 All-Star Game)
The Air Jordan XI ‘Columbia’ first appeared at the 1996 NBA All-Star game and was an instant hit. An all white upper with white patent leather and icy sole had sneaker enthusiasts rushing into stores for this release. The ‘Columbia’ is one of the most beloved colorways of the Air Jordan XI. In 2012 rumors of a Columbia retro hit the internet but ultimately turned out to be false. Now we can only hope to hear an official announcement of a re-release from Jordan Brand in the near future.
1. Nike Air Foamposite One ‘Galaxy’ (2012 All-Star Galaxy Pack)
As much as I think that the “Galaxy” colorway is overrated the Nike Foamposite One “Galaxy” colorway will be fondly remembered by sneakerheads as “that shoe that was so hyped people were willing to trade their own car on Craigslist for a pair”. All jokes aside, you probably saw this coming. The Galaxy Foamposites didn’t just look good, they caused enough hype to be mentioned by the news, sell for at least $1000 on eBay, and pretty much earn their place in sneaker history.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re number one on this list for a reason.