With the NBA Finals on the horizon, there’s plenty of reason to acknowledge the court-inspired silhouettes, from sportswear to luxury offerings. Especially prevalent in the collections of designer brands, these sneakers feature a similar aesthetic as styles like the Jordan 1, Nike Dunks and Adidas Forums that helped put basketball sneakers on the radar of sneaker enthusiasts and athletes.
The definitive elements that make up a basketball sneaker that have been carried over to the luxury realm are the triangular toe box, the downward sloping midsole and the circular outsole pattern that was initially implemented in basketball shoes to assist players in pivoting motions. The difference is that the luxury renditions are typically created with higher-end leathers and materials, and focus less on branding and vibrant colors. These shoes are typically crafted to wear with any wardrobe style, from minimalist to maximalist.
Here are five luxury court-inspired icons that have carved out their own space for sneakerheads and fashion enthusiasts: