It's been a while since I've done one of these (actually, it's been two years, but who is counting), but as you can tell, the last two years of my life haven't allowed such enjoyable, free-and-easy columns such as these ones.
As sports ultimately find themselves once again engrained in our society, trying its best to shake the "new normal" or whatever it is we shall call this COVID era of sports, it seems the creativity and the expression of athletes have been on point. And of course, I've noticed.
With that said, I'm dropping a few lines here on some of my (random) favorite kicks being worn on the surface of play during this time.
I love custom kicks, especially when the colorway of an already design is used to represent the message the athlete is trying to get across. Jusuf Nurkic's repping his Bosnian roots is pretty cool here - the messaging and the mix of bright colors also make these super attractive.
Chris Paul's new CP3 XIII is pretty sweet. The low top look is one that seems functional and fashionable.
And finally, Damian Lillard's line under Adidas has been phenomenal. His social justice driven custom shoes are simple but effective.