• Emmanuel Reyes

Sneaker Peeker III - NBA Media Day Edition

On this week's Sneaker Peeker, we take a long at the best kicks that were rocked at NBA's Media Day. With the NBA season vastly approaching lets take a look at what these superstar's wore to picture day.

Caris Levert - Nike Kyrie 5 "Friends"

Retail: $130

Resale: $125

On the 15th anniversary of the iconic sitcom “Friends” finale, Kyrie x Nike x Friends bring together a fun new collab. This kyrie 5 silhouette takes a simple approach to the show’s logos colors on the fly wire while adding the shows logo on the back tab.

Rating: 3.6/5

Theo Pinson - Air Jordan 11 "Cool Grey"

Retail: $175

Resale: $393

Originally released in 2001, the Air Jordan 11 Cool Grey was worn by MJ himself during his wizard days. Made with a grey nubuck upper and that signature patent leather toe box, this Jordan was the first non-OG colorway Jordan Brand put out.

Rating: 3.8/5

Tristan Thompson - Nike LeBron 8 "South Beach"

Retail: $160

Resale: $795

When LeBron made his decision to take his talents to South Beach, NBA fans cursed him. But sneakerheads on the other hand, rejoiced as they were blessed with grails. For example, the LeBron 8 South Beach was the shoe that started the hype. A shoe made for the Miami night life with the bright colors of blue and pink had people rushing to get themselves a pair.

Rating: 4.0/5

Collin Sexton - Nike LeBron 7 "China"

Retail: $140

Resale: $402

In 2008, Lionsgate released “More Than a Game” a documentary that follows LeBron James and 4 of his teammates journey through high school basketball and putting there small school from Akron, Ohio on the map. In 2009, LeBron went on tour with his documentary and paid a visit to China. Inspired by this visit is this gold and white LeBron 7.

Rating: 3.8/5

Darius Garland - Nike Air Fear of God 1 "Light Bone"

Retail: $350

Resale: $524

The Nike Air Fear of God 1 is a collab between Nike and Fear of God. Fear of God founder, Jerry Lorenzo completely designed this silhouette. An almost bootlike upper makes this basketball sneaker extremely unique. Seeing as though Fear of God is high fashion, these shoes RETAILED at a whopping $350.

Rating: 4.2/5

LeBron James - Nike LeBron 7 "Lakers" PE

Retail: N/A

Resale: N/A

LeBron had everyone guessing when he posted on social media to look out for what he was gonna wear for media day. He surely didn’t disappoint when he wore a mismatched PE version of the LeBron 7. With one shoe dawned in Laker Gold and the other in Laker purple, these are making everyone wonder if they will ever make an official general release.

Rating: 4.7/5

Kyle Kuzma - Puma x Rhude Alteration

Retail: $120

Resale: $120

Rhuigi Villaseñor, the founder of streetwear brand Rhude teams up with PUMA to create a chunky, futuristic sneaker. Featuring suede and distressed rubber while being covered in Earth like tones such as tan and top this model is surely unique.

Rating: 2.8/5

Ja Morant - Nike x Sierato Adapt BB "Grizzlies" Custom

Retail: N/A

Resale: N/A

Ja Morant teamed up with customizing genius Sierato for some Mempis inspired Adapt BBs. The Adapt BB is Nike’s newest auto lacing basketball sneaker.

“When a player steps into the Nike Adapt BB, a custom motor and gear train senses the tension needed by the foot and adjusts accordingly to keep the foot snug. The tensile strength of the underfoot lacing is able to pull 32 pounds of force (roughly equal to that of a standard parachute cord) to secure the foot throughout a range of movement. That’s where the brain, or FitAdapt tech, kicks in. By manual touch or by using the Nike Adapt app on a smartphone, players can input different fit settings depending on different moments of a game. For example, during a timeout, a player can loosen the shoe before tightening it up as they re-enter the game. In a forthcoming feature, they can even prescribe a different tightness setting for warm-ups. Plus, players can opt in to firmware updates for the FitAdapt technology as they become available, sharpening the precision of fit for players and providing new digital services over time.” - Nike

Rating: 4.4/5

Ivan Rabb - Air Jordan 10 "Ovo"

Retail: $225

Resale $306

This Jordan 10 is a limited shoe collar between Jordan and Drake’s “October’s Very Own” (OVO) clothing line. A simplistic take on this Jordan 10 with an eggshell upper with gold speckles. Not to mention a translucent outsole featuring the OVO logo.

Rating: 4.1/5

Josh Okogie - Nike KD 4 "Scoring Title"

Retail: $95

Resale: $236

In what many believe to be the career making shoe for KD, the "Scoring Title" KD 4s was dropped after KD's third consecutive scoring title. The tongue features "30.1, 27.7, 28" which were his points per game averages in those 3 seasons.

Rating: 3.6/5

Naz Reid - Air Jordan 4 "Doernbecher"

Retail: $175

Resale: $1161

One of the most touching collabs Jordan Brand does annually is that of the one with Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. It’s where a child is able to select a silhouette and create their own design for it. They first shoe created is then sent to auction to raise money for their disease. The shoe is then limitedly produced and released to the public. This Jordan 4 was designed by cancer patient Isaiah Scott. The inspiration for the shoe came from the 2009 Slam Dunk Contest where his favorite player Nate Robinson faced off against Dwight Howard. Dwight is nicknamed Superman and came out to dunk in a Superman cape. This made Nate Robinson follow up his act by appearing in neon green as if he was kryptonite. Nate later went on to win and this sparked Isaiah’s design. The shoe feature the Superman logo on the tongue and hits of that kryptonite green all over the rest of the shoe. Rating: 4.7/5

PJ Tucker - Air Jordan 3 x DJ Khaled "Grateful" (F&F)

Retail: N/A

Resale: $6886

Nike teamed up with DJ Khaled to celebrate his 2017 album and the birth of his son Asahd. This Jordan 3 features a red leather upper with his signature “WE THE BEST” on the backtab. This was only a friends and family release but of course Sneaker God PJ Tucker has these.

Rating: 4.5/5

Tyler Ulis - Air Jordan 1 x Travis Scott Custom "Kings"

Retail: N/A

Resale: N/A

Tyler Ulis broke out a pair of neck breaking King’s inspired Travis Scott 1s. This shoe has the iconic reverse metallic silver swoosh with the upper dyed in the beautiful King’s purple. Making these Jordan 1s a 1 of 1.

Rating: 3.9/5

Patrick McCaw - Air Jordan 1 x Travis Scott "Mocha"

Retail: $175

Resale: $1091

Travis Scott teamed up with Jordan Brand to make a Jordan 1. He put his own twist on the shoe by making an oversized backwards swoosh. He also featured a stash pocket on the inside of the shoe plus his cactus jack logo on the tongue plus his cartoon drawn face on the back tab. These shoes have many critics picking these as Sneaker of the Year.

Rating: 4.6/5

Kemba Walker - Air Jordan 13 "Ray Allen" PE

Retail: $175

Resale: $1474

This Air Jordan 13 is based off the PE Ray Allen wore when he broke Reggie Miller’s all time 3-point record. A simple take on the Jordan 13 with an all white upper and hits of green. The tongue also features Ray’s name is script writing.

Rating: 4.0/5

Bobby Portis - Air Jordan 1 x OFF-WHITE "White" Europe Exclusive

Retail: $190

Resale: $2481

Virgil and Nike team up for this Europe exclusive Jordan 1. An all white shoe with a deconstructed feel. With script writing on the laces, midsole and side panels this shoe has a rather unfinished type of vibe. A creative redesigned look of the very popular Jordan 1 model.

Rating: 4.4/5

Ben Simmons - Air Jordan 1 x UBIQLAB Custom "76ers"

Retail: N/A

Resale: N/A

Ben Simmons and UBIQLAB customized a 76ers Jordan 1. The shoe features snakeskin on the toebox and on the swoosh. With the rest of the shoe dawned in a deep red. The side panel features the number 76 to of course represent the 76ers.

Rating: 3.8/5

DeAaron Fox - Nike Hyperdunk "Aston Martin"

Retail: $150

Resale: $400

Nike teamed up with a rather odd brand in luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin. To promote his newest shoe the Kobe 5, Kobe Bryant was seen jumping over an Aston Martin in a commercial. The shoe features shiny silver panels and flywire cables running through the shoe. The tongue has “Kobe Bryant” written on it plus the Aston Martin logo. The sock liner of the shoe is a red leather to represent the interior of Aston Martin’’s cars.

Rating: 3.2/5

Top Kicks of The Week

Dillon Brooks - Air Jordan 6 "Oregon Ducks" PE

Retail: N/A

Resale: $3600

When one of the most legendary sneaker designers graduates from a school, they are bound to be hooked up. And that’s exactly what happens when you play sports at the University of Oregon. Which is where Tinker Hatfield graduated from. This PE was made exclusively for the Oregon Basketball team. Extremely rare and extremely hard to get your hands on. Featuring an all black upper with hits of that Oregon green plus the Oregon Duck’s wings on the backtab makes this PE one to remember.

Rating: 4.8/5

Be sure to check out NBA Media Day 2019 Highlights for a more in depth look at what actually went down.

This Week's On Feet

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Adidas Yeezy 350 Boost V2 "Sesame" - IG @pjc_25

Nike x Spongebob Kyrie 5 “Patrick” - IG @crsvil

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