Player Exclusive sneakers are a perk of being a good professional athlete. The degree of how personalized those PE kicks are differs of course, but even just having your initials in good typography font and in your team colors is still amazing.
However, the majority of sneaker connoisseurs will likely never be in the position where sportswear brands find it advantageous to draw them up something special…that is where 1st party sneaker customization programs come in.
Through the years, the miadidas and Nike iD programs have become increasingly popular since it went from mainly being used by athletes looking to perfectly match their uniforms to sneakerheads trying to set themselves apart from the pack.
No matter your intended use, check out these signature basketball sneakers that you can make your own Player Exclusive colorway of.
Before there was the LeBron PS or LeBron Elite series, LeBron James wore the Zoom Soldier sneaker from that year in the NBA Playoffs. Now in its eighth version, the Zoom LeBron Soldier VIII was seen all around the league and is consistently one of Nike’s best-selling basketball sneakers with each iteration.
Kyrie Irving joins teammate LeBron James, legend Kobe Bryant, and scoring machine Kevin Durant as one of the four current NBA players with their own signature sneaker with Nike. As basic of a performance basketball shoe as the Kyrie 1 is, the excessive herringbone traction that wraps the toe from the bottom of the shoe is sure to provide all the courtgrip needed.
Named after the Chicago area code, the D Rose 773 III was very popular this past season and was seen throughout the NBA more than the flagship Derrick Rose sneaker was. There is also WAY more color options on this than the D Rose 5 Boost.
Even though we didn’t get to see Kevin Durant in this sneaker much this season, the KD 7 makes a strong case for being the most popular sneaker in his signature series. Featuring the DMV area’s favorite sneaker technology, Foamposite, when Nike KD Retros start coming out years down the line I expect the KD 7 to be the silhouette most clamored for.
Not only is a miadidas D Lillard 1 the most affordable basketball kicks you can have made, this silhouette might be the most casual-looking sneaker of this list making a very seamless transition from the blacktop to the sidewalk. Not bad for Damian Lillard’s first signature shoe.
Someone who is no stranger to Nike iD customization is LeBron James. While many of the pairs he wears are made with color and graphic options not on the sneaker customization program, a good amount of the “Player Exclusive” colorways he could be seen with on-court could be replicated exactly on Nike iD.
By far the best performance basketball sneaker in the Derrick Rose series, the D Rose 5 Boost can be personalized on miadidas, though the color choices are lacking. Fingers crossed for a colored Boost foam option soon…
A definitely top-of-the-line hoops sneaker, it is a shame that Kobe Bryant didn’t get to play many NBA games in them. Combining the Nike Free, Lunarlon, and Zoom Air technologies all in the same sneaker, the Kobe X furthered the comparison between himself and MJ and A LOT of players around the league embraced this shoe in much of the same respect that the Air Jordan Retros have been.