The shoes worn on-court by NBA players are about to get a whole lot more colourful as the league has confirmed that long-held restrictions have been removed for the upcoming season. As reported by ESPN, for the first time in NBA history players will now be able to wear any colour sneakers at any point in the season.
Past restrictions have dictated that shoes needed to either be 51 percent white or black, and were allowed slight team colour accents. Arguably the most famous infraction of the rules involved the black and red Air Jordan 1s that Michael Jordan wore during the 1984-85 season. However, Nike turned the warning letter about the shoes into a marketing campaign, and the rest is history.
In more recent times, the NBA has allowed some creativity around “theme nights” such as Christmas and Black History Month, as well as providing some leniency during the Finals and on opening night for the reigning champions. One restriction that will remain on sneaker design is the use of third-party logos, which will still need to be approved before they can be seen on game night.
So, while we brace ourselves for more colourful offerings on-foot during the 2018-19 season, the obvious question is: which colour combos do you want to see hit the hardwood?