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Every NBA Player That Has A Signature Sneaker

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Every NBA Player That Has A Signature Sneaker

November 3, 2022
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Nicholas Vlahos
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The NBA is host to plenty of players with signature sneakers, many from brands you wouldn’t think of.

NBA Athletes And Their Respective Endorsements

Businesses for hundreds of years have known one thing to be true, tying your product to influential people will lead to more eyes on your product. This has also been the case in the footwear industry way before MJ laced up his Air Jordan 1 silhouette that, arguably, spawned the culture we participate in today as brands like Converse (Chuck Taylor) and adidas (Stan Smith) brought basketball and tennis stars to their roster. While those days saw barely a handful of endorsees who had a sneaker tied to them, today’s world features over 25 athletes in the NBA alone that have their own signature sneaker. Let's go through each player in the league that currently has a signature silhouette with a footwear brand.

Nike Athletes With A Signature Sneaker

LeBron James

Nike LeBron 20 "Miami Heat"

The top sportswear brand on the planet by a longshot, it only makes sense that the cream of the crop in the NBA would want to rock The Swoosh on the court while getting paid to do so. Featured on their roster, we have legends like LeBron James who has been signed to Nike since 2003. For James, his Nike LeBron line has just reached its 20th mainline iteration while at the same time dropping pairs like the Zoom Soldier or upcoming NXXT Gen that offer a semi-affordable option compared to his premium-priced models.

Kevin Durant

Nike KD 15 "Aunt Pearl"

KD has made waves throughout his 15 models of the Nike KD, often bringing colorways that tie into his personal life like his love for music or raising awareness for breast cancer with his yearly tribute to his Aunt Pearl.

Paul George

An aging star in the NBA, Paul George has been with The Swoosh since 2016 and has released six different silhouettes since then with the latest being the Nike PG 6. Offering one of the more affordable signature sneakers on this list, a pair of Paul George sneakers will only set you back around $110. Even with its lower price, his signature series has remained one of the better options for on court action, especially for PG himself.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Nicknamed "The Greek Freak," Giannis Antetokounmpo has become one of the leagues biggest stars thanks to his explosive play and large build. Signing with Nike way back in 2013, the eventual-star was earning merely $20,000 per year when he was still relatively unknown to the world. Signing a large extension with The Swoosh in 2017, he'd get his first signature sneaker, the Nike Zoom Freak 1, in 2019 and is now on to his 4th iteration - the Nike Zoom Freak 4. Just like Paul George, his signature line has been one of the more affordable options when it comes to Nike Basketball while still offering a high-tech construction ready for on court action.

Kyrie Irving

Nike Kyrie 8 "Wolf"

Currently (and constantly) covered in controversy, Kyrie Irving is still technically signed to The Swoosh with the ever-popular Nike Kyrie line being a top seller for the brand. His contract with Nike was suspended on November 4th, 2022 and the launch of his last silhouette (the Nike Kyrie 8) has been scrapped. Prior to this, rumors swirled that this would be his last year with Nike, but his current suspension leaves many to wonder if/when Nike will officially cut all ties. Currently, you can purchase older models in the line through nike.com or through select retailers.

Ja Morant

As for the next generation of Nike Basketball athletes, we reported earlier in the year that Ja Morant would be the next athlete on The Swoosh’s roster to receive his own signature silhouette, aptly dubbed the Nike Ja 1. As of this writing, we’ve yet to receive early images of the model but it is expected to launch in the Summer of 2023.

Jordan Brand Athletes With A Signature Sneaker

Spawning the sneaker world we currently live in, Michael Jordan’s dominant career on the court with his then-signature sneaker through Nike eventually morphed into its own entity, Jordan Brand, which now represents top athletes and celebrities. When it comes to the NBA, their roster is full of dominant players, though half of their signature models are with players near the tail end of their careers.

Chris Paul

Jordan CP3 XIII

Chris Paul originally signed with Jordan Brand’s parent company, Nike, back in his rookie season but eventually made the switch in 2006 that led to his own model, the Jordan CP3. At this point, we’ve reached the 13th iteration of the model, though they surprisingly have not been released to the public since its debut over a year ago. Now, you’ll spot the aging veteran in the Jordan CP3.XII, but once again the model has not had a colorway release for nearly 3 years.

Russell Westbrook

Jordan Why Not .5?

Another player on JBs roster that is past his prime, Russell Westbrook, can be spotted on the court rocking his Jordan Why Not .5?, a series of sneakers that have been around since 2018. Even though it isn’t popular among sneakerheads, the model holds up well when used on the court.

Zion Williamson

Jordan Zion 2

Representing the future of Jordan Brand is a selection of young talent who are just making their presence in the NBA known. One athlete, Zion Williamson, burst onto the scene with his Jordan Zion 1 and quickly followed up with the Zion 2 silhouette. Just like Paul George or Giannis, Zion lands in the realm of affordability as his model retails for a cool $120.

Luka Dončić

Jordan Luka 1

Another young talent who has just entered the signature sneaker space, Luka Dončić also gives fans an affordable option when it comes to performance basketball with his Jordan Luka 1 retailing for $110. Jordan Brand has just rolled out the red carpet for the sneaker as we're getting our first taste of the model this year, but expect more as Dončić grows his stardom.

Jayson Tatum

Also like Nike, 2023 will see another next-generation talent get his own signature silhouette, Jayson Tatum. Long spotted rocking PE colorways across various Jordan models, Tatum’s sneakers with JB are set to launch in limited fashion come March while we’ll have to wait for the summertime before receiving GR colorways. Like recent signees, his sneakers are set to retail for a mere $120.

adidas Athletes With A Signature Sneaker

With the two previously mentioned brands dominating in terms of star power, adidas still holds a roster full of talent players that have their own model with the German sportswear giant. Notable stars like James Harden and Damian Lillard have been with adidas for years now, releasing some of the game's most technically-focused models though they don’t get much love outside of on-court action.

James Harden

adidas Harden Vol. 7

Currently, Harden is up to his 7th iteration, the adidas Harden Vol. 7. Debuting the model to begin the 2022-2023 NBA season, we currently have no release info at this time but early images have emerged off the court.

Damian Lillard

adidas Dame 8

Damian Lillard edges Harden out by 1 model as the adidas DAME 8 is currently waiting for its follow-up after its debut in the 2021-2022 NBA season. For this latest iteration, Dame took inspiration from his love of boxing and has released an array of colorways that take on personal meanings to the Portland Trailblazers guard.

Trae Young

adidas Trae Young 2.0

Also on adidas’ roster, we’ve got Trae Young who is currently on his second model with The Three Stripes. The adidas Trae Young 2.0 features a knit upper with a combination of Boost cushioning in the heel and EVA foam on its front half, giving just the right amount of comfort and stability needed to make game-changing plays.

Donovan Mitchell

adidas D.O.N. Issue #4

Donovan Mitchell, across his four signature sneakers with adidas, has taken inspiration from his personal life like many athletes do when it comes to its design and its colorway. For his latest model, the adidas D.O.N. Issue #4, we recently got looks at a capsule in collaboration with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the next installment in Miles Morales’ story.

Derrick Rose

adidas D Rose Son Of Chi

One of the most promising talents in recent memory, Derrick Rose, unfortunately, has not been the same player he was before his tragic injury in 2011. Even still, his sneakers with adidas have continued to roll out year after year as the latest rendition with the adidas Son Of Chi preluding the upcoming DRose 12.

Under Armour Athletes With A Signature Sneaker

Steph Curry

Under Armour Curry 10

Most don’t think of basketball when it comes to Under Armour as the brand is overshadowed by the likes of Nike, Jordan Brand, and adidas, but they still have one of the biggest athletes on the planet rocking their gear - Steph Curry. Recently, the 3-point wizard inked a lifetime extension that is set to pay him $1 billion while he stays the face of UA Basketball. This year, we reached the 10th iteration of the signature series, the Under Armour Curry 10. The newest model has just received its first colorway, dubbed “Iron Sharpens Iron,” while we’re still waiting for the playful “Sour Patch Kids” collab, we can expect more colorways of the model to hit the shelves throughout the next year.

Joel Embiid

Under Armour Embiid 1

UA also has another athlete on their roster, the powerful Joel Embiid. We trusted the process for years and it has paid off for Embiid as he was granted his own signature sneaker back in 2020 - the Under Armour Embiid One. The silhouette hasn’t seen too many releases since its inception, but we can still see Embiid take the court rocking his very own sneaker.

New Balance Athletes With A Signature Sneaker

Kawhi Leonard

New Balance Kawhi II

As a brand that has primarily focused on running silhouettes over its 100-plus-year history, New Balance is catching up when it comes to performance basketball as it secured one of the biggest names in the sport, Kawhi Leonard.

So far, the “Fun Guy” has put out two iterations of his New Balance Kawhi after leaving Jordan Brand in 2018. Just like his personality and mindset, there's nothing too flashy to see in his signature series. According to NB designer Jon Grondin, “He wanted this familiar, retro vibe, wrapped around this high-performance shell. That was the blend he wanted.” Even still, the latest silhouette, the Kawhi II, has been spotted in thematic colorways like a “Goosebumps” collab or even starting dialogue with the “Conversations Amongst Us” variant.

Puma Athletes With A Signature Sneaker

LaMelo Ball

Puma MB.02

LaMelo Ball’s ascension to NBA stardom began at a young age alongside his two older brothers LiAngelo and Lonzo, though he is currently the only one of the three to earn a signature silhouette with a sneaker brand. His choice to part ways with his family’s Big Baller Brand was the smart one as Puma gave him one of the hottest silhouettes on the market in terms of performance basketball. Currently, the Puma MB.2 is making its debut on both the hardwood floor as well as retail shelves.

Anta Athletes With A Signature Sneaker

Chinese sportswear brands have made it a purpose to secure talent in the NBA recently, as is the case with Anta and their key signings of Klay Thompson and Gordon Hayward.

Klay Thompson

Anta KT8

Klay needs no introduction. As one-half of the “splash brothers,” he took a different route compared to Steph Curry as he was given massive creative liberty over at Anta. Currently, on the 8th iteration of the series, the model spares none when it comes to technical details and performance.

Gordon Hayward

Anta GH3

Joining him at Anta is the Charlotte Hornets' very own Gordon Hayward. The no-frills NBA vet has been with the brand for 4 years now and is currently on his 3rd model, the GH3, which just like Klay makes technical details its focus. While not the flashiest models off the court, you’ll likely get buckets in any of the two Anta models currently co-signed by NBA athletes.

Li-Ning Athletes With A Signature Sneaker

The most prominent of the Chinese sportswear brands that have signed NBA talent, Li-Ning actually still holds a legend on their roster in Dwayne Wade who signed a lifetime deal with the brand in 2018. After his retirement, the brand scooped up various talents in the league and recently signed a friend and former teammate of Wade, Jimmy Butler.

Jimmy Butler

Li-Ning JB1

Butler left Jordan Brand in 2020 after both parties mutually agreed to cut the deal short 10 months before its original end date, sending the sportswear brands into a frenzy. After some time, Li-Ning made an offer he could not refuse and is finally debuting his very own model with the brand, the aptly named JB1. So far, the model has been released in China but we can expect a stateside release in the near future.

CJ McCollum

Li-Ning CJ2

Joining Butler on this Li-Ning roster, CJ McCollum has only released a single sneaker with the brand, and just like Butler, keeps its naming convention simple - the Li-Ning CJ1. Unlike other major brands, Li-Ning sneakers tend to put technical details and on-court performance ahead of flashiness.

Miscellaneous Brands With Athletes That Have Signature Sneaker

Lou Williams (Peak Sports)

Peak Lou Williams Streetball Master

Founded back in 1989, Peak Sports Products has only recently made the jump overseas from China to the global market and secured Lou Williams on its basketball roster in 2015. Since then a wide range of silhouettes has hit the market. Following the trend of many Chinese sportswear brands, models typically don’t translate well off the hardwood floor, and as such, don’t garner the attention of many sneakerheads.

Aaron Gordon (361 Degrees)

361 Degrees x Aaron Gordon AG1

Aaron Gordon of the Denver Nuggets also chose to go under the radar and sign with another Chinese sportswear brand, 361 Degrees, which has offered him a starring role as the face of their basketball division. On top of this, a full apparel line, support for his charities of choice, and a signature series of sneakers (starting with the AG1) have given him everything he needs to stay happy with a lesser-known label. Currently, the duo has released 3 sneakers, the most recent being the 361 Degrees x Aaron Gordon AG3 which made its debut in 2022.

Spencer Dinwiddie (K8IROS)

K8IROS 8.1

Spencer Dinwiddie took his own approach to signature sneakers as he chose to design and release them through his own brand K8IROS. His brand not only focuses heavily on tech-heavy sneaker designs but through charitable actions with his own “Dinwiddie Family Foundation.” When it comes to sneakers, the designs utilize the latest knit technology while offering high-performance action on the court. The K8IROS 8.1, the brand's latest offering, comes in the low-top form and a simple, yet, customizable design thanks to the aforementioned knit upper.

Langston Galloway (ETHICS)

ETHICS lgONE 

Reaching our final player with a signature sneaker, Langston Galloway joins Dinwiddie in owning his own brand - ETHICS. The focus for the company is to, as their website states, “create a product that will go beyond just a creative design but put meaning behind the shoe and the one who wears it.” On top of this, the sneakers come constructed out of vegan materials and offer top-tier comfort and traction for the court. Releasing this year, the lgONE is just the beginning of Galloway’s vision of changing the narrative in basketball footwear.

While this is the complete list of signature sneakers from NBA players, the future will only give us more options in terms of on-court performance models. Looking ahead, Bronny James just inked a deal with The Swoosh and there is plenty of young talent that will be making their debut in the coming years. Keep it locked to our Twitter and the Sole Retriever mobile app to stay updated on the latest happenings in sneakers, streetwear, and more.

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The NBA is host to plenty of players with signature sneakers, many from brands you wouldn’t think of.

NBA Athletes And Their Respective Endorsements

Businesses for hundreds of years have known one thing to be true, tying your product to influential people will lead to more eyes on your product. This has also been the case in the footwear industry way before MJ laced up his Air Jordan 1 silhouette that, arguably, spawned the culture we participate in today as brands like Converse (Chuck Taylor) and adidas (Stan Smith) brought basketball and tennis stars to their roster. While those days saw barely a handful of endorsees who had a sneaker tied to them, today’s world features over 25 athletes in the NBA alone that have their own signature sneaker. Let's go through each player in the league that currently has a signature silhouette with a footwear brand.

Nike Athletes With A Signature Sneaker

LeBron James

Nike LeBron 20 "Miami Heat"

The top sportswear brand on the planet by a longshot, it only makes sense that the cream of the crop in the NBA would want to rock The Swoosh on the court while getting paid to do so. Featured on their roster, we have legends like LeBron James who has been signed to Nike since 2003. For James, his Nike LeBron line has just reached its 20th mainline iteration while at the same time dropping pairs like the Zoom Soldier or upcoming NXXT Gen that offer a semi-affordable option compared to his premium-priced models.

Kevin Durant

Nike KD 15 "Aunt Pearl"

KD has made waves throughout his 15 models of the Nike KD, often bringing colorways that tie into his personal life like his love for music or raising awareness for breast cancer with his yearly tribute to his Aunt Pearl.

Paul George

An aging star in the NBA, Paul George has been with The Swoosh since 2016 and has released six different silhouettes since then with the latest being the Nike PG 6. Offering one of the more affordable signature sneakers on this list, a pair of Paul George sneakers will only set you back around $110. Even with its lower price, his signature series has remained one of the better options for on court action, especially for PG himself.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Nicknamed "The Greek Freak," Giannis Antetokounmpo has become one of the leagues biggest stars thanks to his explosive play and large build. Signing with Nike way back in 2013, the eventual-star was earning merely $20,000 per year when he was still relatively unknown to the world. Signing a large extension with The Swoosh in 2017, he'd get his first signature sneaker, the Nike Zoom Freak 1, in 2019 and is now on to his 4th iteration - the Nike Zoom Freak 4. Just like Paul George, his signature line has been one of the more affordable options when it comes to Nike Basketball while still offering a high-tech construction ready for on court action.

Kyrie Irving

Nike Kyrie 8 "Wolf"

Currently (and constantly) covered in controversy, Kyrie Irving is still technically signed to The Swoosh with the ever-popular Nike Kyrie line being a top seller for the brand. His contract with Nike was suspended on November 4th, 2022 and the launch of his last silhouette (the Nike Kyrie 8) has been scrapped. Prior to this, rumors swirled that this would be his last year with Nike, but his current suspension leaves many to wonder if/when Nike will officially cut all ties. Currently, you can purchase older models in the line through nike.com or through select retailers.

Ja Morant

As for the next generation of Nike Basketball athletes, we reported earlier in the year that Ja Morant would be the next athlete on The Swoosh’s roster to receive his own signature silhouette, aptly dubbed the Nike Ja 1. As of this writing, we’ve yet to receive early images of the model but it is expected to launch in the Summer of 2023.

Jordan Brand Athletes With A Signature Sneaker

Spawning the sneaker world we currently live in, Michael Jordan’s dominant career on the court with his then-signature sneaker through Nike eventually morphed into its own entity, Jordan Brand, which now represents top athletes and celebrities. When it comes to the NBA, their roster is full of dominant players, though half of their signature models are with players near the tail end of their careers.

Chris Paul

Jordan CP3 XIII

Chris Paul originally signed with Jordan Brand’s parent company, Nike, back in his rookie season but eventually made the switch in 2006 that led to his own model, the Jordan CP3. At this point, we’ve reached the 13th iteration of the model, though they surprisingly have not been released to the public since its debut over a year ago. Now, you’ll spot the aging veteran in the Jordan CP3.XII, but once again the model has not had a colorway release for nearly 3 years.

Russell Westbrook

Jordan Why Not .5?

Another player on JBs roster that is past his prime, Russell Westbrook, can be spotted on the court rocking his Jordan Why Not .5?, a series of sneakers that have been around since 2018. Even though it isn’t popular among sneakerheads, the model holds up well when used on the court.

Zion Williamson

Jordan Zion 2

Representing the future of Jordan Brand is a selection of young talent who are just making their presence in the NBA known. One athlete, Zion Williamson, burst onto the scene with his Jordan Zion 1 and quickly followed up with the Zion 2 silhouette. Just like Paul George or Giannis, Zion lands in the realm of affordability as his model retails for a cool $120.

Luka Dončić

Jordan Luka 1

Another young talent who has just entered the signature sneaker space, Luka Dončić also gives fans an affordable option when it comes to performance basketball with his Jordan Luka 1 retailing for $110. Jordan Brand has just rolled out the red carpet for the sneaker as we're getting our first taste of the model this year, but expect more as Dončić grows his stardom.

Jayson Tatum

Also like Nike, 2023 will see another next-generation talent get his own signature silhouette, Jayson Tatum. Long spotted rocking PE colorways across various Jordan models, Tatum’s sneakers with JB are set to launch in limited fashion come March while we’ll have to wait for the summertime before receiving GR colorways. Like recent signees, his sneakers are set to retail for a mere $120.

adidas Athletes With A Signature Sneaker

With the two previously mentioned brands dominating in terms of star power, adidas still holds a roster full of talent players that have their own model with the German sportswear giant. Notable stars like James Harden and Damian Lillard have been with adidas for years now, releasing some of the game's most technically-focused models though they don’t get much love outside of on-court action.

James Harden

adidas Harden Vol. 7

Currently, Harden is up to his 7th iteration, the adidas Harden Vol. 7. Debuting the model to begin the 2022-2023 NBA season, we currently have no release info at this time but early images have emerged off the court.

Damian Lillard

adidas Dame 8

Damian Lillard edges Harden out by 1 model as the adidas DAME 8 is currently waiting for its follow-up after its debut in the 2021-2022 NBA season. For this latest iteration, Dame took inspiration from his love of boxing and has released an array of colorways that take on personal meanings to the Portland Trailblazers guard.

Trae Young

adidas Trae Young 2.0

Also on adidas’ roster, we’ve got Trae Young who is currently on his second model with The Three Stripes. The adidas Trae Young 2.0 features a knit upper with a combination of Boost cushioning in the heel and EVA foam on its front half, giving just the right amount of comfort and stability needed to make game-changing plays.

Donovan Mitchell

adidas D.O.N. Issue #4

Donovan Mitchell, across his four signature sneakers with adidas, has taken inspiration from his personal life like many athletes do when it comes to its design and its colorway. For his latest model, the adidas D.O.N. Issue #4, we recently got looks at a capsule in collaboration with Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the next installment in Miles Morales’ story.

Derrick Rose

adidas D Rose Son Of Chi

One of the most promising talents in recent memory, Derrick Rose, unfortunately, has not been the same player he was before his tragic injury in 2011. Even still, his sneakers with adidas have continued to roll out year after year as the latest rendition with the adidas Son Of Chi preluding the upcoming DRose 12.

Under Armour Athletes With A Signature Sneaker

Steph Curry

Under Armour Curry 10

Most don’t think of basketball when it comes to Under Armour as the brand is overshadowed by the likes of Nike, Jordan Brand, and adidas, but they still have one of the biggest athletes on the planet rocking their gear - Steph Curry. Recently, the 3-point wizard inked a lifetime extension that is set to pay him $1 billion while he stays the face of UA Basketball. This year, we reached the 10th iteration of the signature series, the Under Armour Curry 10. The newest model has just received its first colorway, dubbed “Iron Sharpens Iron,” while we’re still waiting for the playful “Sour Patch Kids” collab, we can expect more colorways of the model to hit the shelves throughout the next year.

Joel Embiid

Under Armour Embiid 1

UA also has another athlete on their roster, the powerful Joel Embiid. We trusted the process for years and it has paid off for Embiid as he was granted his own signature sneaker back in 2020 - the Under Armour Embiid One. The silhouette hasn’t seen too many releases since its inception, but we can still see Embiid take the court rocking his very own sneaker.

New Balance Athletes With A Signature Sneaker

Kawhi Leonard

New Balance Kawhi II

As a brand that has primarily focused on running silhouettes over its 100-plus-year history, New Balance is catching up when it comes to performance basketball as it secured one of the biggest names in the sport, Kawhi Leonard.

So far, the “Fun Guy” has put out two iterations of his New Balance Kawhi after leaving Jordan Brand in 2018. Just like his personality and mindset, there's nothing too flashy to see in his signature series. According to NB designer Jon Grondin, “He wanted this familiar, retro vibe, wrapped around this high-performance shell. That was the blend he wanted.” Even still, the latest silhouette, the Kawhi II, has been spotted in thematic colorways like a “Goosebumps” collab or even starting dialogue with the “Conversations Amongst Us” variant.

Puma Athletes With A Signature Sneaker

LaMelo Ball

Puma MB.02

LaMelo Ball’s ascension to NBA stardom began at a young age alongside his two older brothers LiAngelo and Lonzo, though he is currently the only one of the three to earn a signature silhouette with a sneaker brand. His choice to part ways with his family’s Big Baller Brand was the smart one as Puma gave him one of the hottest silhouettes on the market in terms of performance basketball. Currently, the Puma MB.2 is making its debut on both the hardwood floor as well as retail shelves.

Anta Athletes With A Signature Sneaker

Chinese sportswear brands have made it a purpose to secure talent in the NBA recently, as is the case with Anta and their key signings of Klay Thompson and Gordon Hayward.

Klay Thompson

Anta KT8

Klay needs no introduction. As one-half of the “splash brothers,” he took a different route compared to Steph Curry as he was given massive creative liberty over at Anta. Currently, on the 8th iteration of the series, the model spares none when it comes to technical details and performance.

Gordon Hayward

Anta GH3

Joining him at Anta is the Charlotte Hornets' very own Gordon Hayward. The no-frills NBA vet has been with the brand for 4 years now and is currently on his 3rd model, the GH3, which just like Klay makes technical details its focus. While not the flashiest models off the court, you’ll likely get buckets in any of the two Anta models currently co-signed by NBA athletes.

Li-Ning Athletes With A Signature Sneaker

The most prominent of the Chinese sportswear brands that have signed NBA talent, Li-Ning actually still holds a legend on their roster in Dwayne Wade who signed a lifetime deal with the brand in 2018. After his retirement, the brand scooped up various talents in the league and recently signed a friend and former teammate of Wade, Jimmy Butler.

Jimmy Butler

Li-Ning JB1

Butler left Jordan Brand in 2020 after both parties mutually agreed to cut the deal short 10 months before its original end date, sending the sportswear brands into a frenzy. After some time, Li-Ning made an offer he could not refuse and is finally debuting his very own model with the brand, the aptly named JB1. So far, the model has been released in China but we can expect a stateside release in the near future.

CJ McCollum

Li-Ning CJ2

Joining Butler on this Li-Ning roster, CJ McCollum has only released a single sneaker with the brand, and just like Butler, keeps its naming convention simple - the Li-Ning CJ1. Unlike other major brands, Li-Ning sneakers tend to put technical details and on-court performance ahead of flashiness.

Miscellaneous Brands With Athletes That Have Signature Sneaker

Lou Williams (Peak Sports)

Peak Lou Williams Streetball Master

Founded back in 1989, Peak Sports Products has only recently made the jump overseas from China to the global market and secured Lou Williams on its basketball roster in 2015. Since then a wide range of silhouettes has hit the market. Following the trend of many Chinese sportswear brands, models typically don’t translate well off the hardwood floor, and as such, don’t garner the attention of many sneakerheads.

Aaron Gordon (361 Degrees)

361 Degrees x Aaron Gordon AG1

Aaron Gordon of the Denver Nuggets also chose to go under the radar and sign with another Chinese sportswear brand, 361 Degrees, which has offered him a starring role as the face of their basketball division. On top of this, a full apparel line, support for his charities of choice, and a signature series of sneakers (starting with the AG1) have given him everything he needs to stay happy with a lesser-known label. Currently, the duo has released 3 sneakers, the most recent being the 361 Degrees x Aaron Gordon AG3 which made its debut in 2022.

Spencer Dinwiddie (K8IROS)

K8IROS 8.1

Spencer Dinwiddie took his own approach to signature sneakers as he chose to design and release them through his own brand K8IROS. His brand not only focuses heavily on tech-heavy sneaker designs but through charitable actions with his own “Dinwiddie Family Foundation.” When it comes to sneakers, the designs utilize the latest knit technology while offering high-performance action on the court. The K8IROS 8.1, the brand's latest offering, comes in the low-top form and a simple, yet, customizable design thanks to the aforementioned knit upper.

Langston Galloway (ETHICS)

ETHICS lgONE 

Reaching our final player with a signature sneaker, Langston Galloway joins Dinwiddie in owning his own brand - ETHICS. The focus for the company is to, as their website states, “create a product that will go beyond just a creative design but put meaning behind the shoe and the one who wears it.” On top of this, the sneakers come constructed out of vegan materials and offer top-tier comfort and traction for the court. Releasing this year, the lgONE is just the beginning of Galloway’s vision of changing the narrative in basketball footwear.

While this is the complete list of signature sneakers from NBA players, the future will only give us more options in terms of on-court performance models. Looking ahead, Bronny James just inked a deal with The Swoosh and there is plenty of young talent that will be making their debut in the coming years. Keep it locked to our Twitter and the Sole Retriever mobile app to stay updated on the latest happenings in sneakers, streetwear, and more.

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