FULL HOUSE: adidas All-Star exclusives
That's what you'll have to spend to get your hands on all 21 (Is that number a coincidence? We think not.) adidas All-Star exclusives this year. Of course that doesn't include the airfare to Las Vegas, where you'll have to be to pick up a majority of them. And even if you ARE in Vegas, there are no guaranteesâ€”the rarest of the bunch, the East and West Superstar Lux editions, will only be produced in runs of 100 each. You might want to get your hands on those first.
Anyway, yeahâ€”unprecendented All-Star game (the first in a non-NBA city), unprecedented shoe release. Details and photos follow:
THE ON-COURT PACK
These are the shoes that will be worn on-court (duh) by the It Takes Five crew: Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, Gilbert Arenas, Chauncey Billups and Tim Duncan. Nice that they all made the squadâ€”because these colorways get made up WAY early, and it would be embarassing to have an All-Star shoe for a guy with no All-Star spot (no names, but it's something that's happened before). Oh, and keep in mind that adidas made the uniforms, too, so the colors should match lovely.
All of these should be available pretty much everywhere.
TRACY McGRADY, TMAC-6, $140
GILBERT ARENAS, GilZero Low, $100
CHAUNCEY BILLUPS, C-Billups, $100 (second favorite)
TIM DUNCAN, Stealth, $95
(I may post additional photos as the week goes onâ€”right now I want to just make this one post with as many of the styles as possible.)
So, maybe the on-court styles are too mellow for you? Or maybe they just aren't exclusive enough. Well, maybe these versions will work for you. Once again, five styles for five players ("the official off-court shoe series for the Big Five"). This time only 1,500 of each pair will be available, and only at "urban specialty stores." Good luck. Oh yeah, and they're $200 apiece. (C-Billups and GilZero Lows not pictured because I didn't have the samples to shootâ€”I might be able to get them off a CD later.) They come with special box, tags, bags and all that.
TRACY McGRADY, T-MAC 6
KEVIN GARNETT, KG Bounce
VEGAS URBAN PACK
Yes, there's more. If black and gold is too subtle (or too dark) for you, you can try white and green. Or red, white and blue with dollar signs all overâ€”like some sort of Dapper Dan experiment. Once again, limited to 1,500 pairs, and this time sold only at "urban independent retailers." And once again, $200 apiece. Only this time there are only four styles, and two of them are T-Macs. KG and TD get left out. By choice? Who knows?
TRACY McGRADY, T-Mac 6 "Millionaire" (designed by Rolland Berry)
TRACY McGRADY, T-Mac 6 "Golden Foil"
GILBERT ARENAS, GilZero Low
ORIGINALS SUPERSTAR LUX PACK
Getting tired yet? Well, we're almost through. Five more shoes for the Big Five, this time classic shelltoes made with patent and, well, "glazed goat leather." Mmmmm. 1,000 pairs of each style, available only at the adidas Sports Performance Store in Vegas. $90 each. Let's see if I can get them all ID'ed correctly.
GILBERT ARENAS (my personal favorites along with the KGs)
TIM DUNCAN (on second thought, these might be the best of all)
EASTERN AND WESTERN SUPERSTAR LUX
Well, not sure if we saved the best for last, but they're certainly gonna be the hardest for you to get your hands on. Rep your own coast with a 1/100 pair of kicks, only available at the adidas Sports Performance Store in Vegas. (While some of the other styles will be available online, these won't.) $100 a pop.
And that's it! Well, at least for now...