With the 2018-2019 NBA season starting in just a few weeks, you can expect to see a blitz of new signature sneakers hitting the market. From LeBron James to James Harden, the top stars in the league are driving millions in sales for Nike, Adidas, and others — all while building off of the sneaker culture Michael Jordan established. Sneakers are where sports and fashion collide and these particular brands are the perfect example of such glorious harmony.
If you’re in the market for a new pair of basketball sneakers to grind on hardwood or asphalt floors — and you don’t mind if your feet are a few months behind in the trends — now is a great time to make a purchase. Top brands are offering discounts on previous models to make way for new designs and inventory.
Here’s a list of signature sneakers from the league’s leaders that are available at a discounted price now.
LeBron James Sneakers
Arguably his best sneaker to date, new colorways of the LeBron 15’s were released into the market as recent as this summer. Even though they are relatively “new,” Nike has slashed prices to make room for LeBron’s next signature sneaker — the LeBron 16.
The LeBron 15 Low — originally $150 — are on sale for $120. The high-top LeBron 15’s — originally $185 — are on sale for $147. If you’re looking to spend even less on a pair of LeBron’s, however, his Soldier XI SFG model is priced at $83 (originally $140). Prices may vary depending on color and size.
Kyrie Irving Sneakers
Sneaker enthusiasts have been having a lot of fun with Kyrie Irving’s cereal-themed sneakers. But if you care more about performance and price than fashion, you can get the same Kyrie 4 shoes (without the taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunch) for $95 — about $25 less than the original price.
Paul George Sneakers
One of the lowest prices on signature sneakers from Nike are Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George, the PG2’s. These shoes — originally $110 — are available in some of the 6 colorways for $65.
Russell Westbrook Sneakers
Michael Jordan’s partnership with Nike transformed the entire sneaker industry as we knew it. Based off of their success, sneaker enthusiasts wait in long lines to purchase new editions, collect, trade, and resell sneakers — new or used — like a rare commodity.
The same fervor has yet to be replicated by any other player’s sneakers, especially those under the Jordan Brand like Russell Westbrook. Though that’s not necessarily a problem tor those looking for a deal. The Air Jordan XXXII “Russ” sneakers — originally $185 — are currently available for $111.
James Harden Sneakers
In recent years, Adidas has stepped up its basketball sneaker game by adding all-star guards James Harden and Damian Lillard to their roster. Of course, it always helps when one of those guards becomes a the league’s MVP. Right now, Adidas has a bunch of Harden shoes on sale ranging from 26 to 50 percent off.
The Harden B/E X —originally $110 — are on sale for $77, and the Harden Vol. 2 — originally $140 — are available at $70. Both models come in a variety of colorways for matching any of your rec league jerseys.
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