Gilbert Arenas guarding Kobe Bryant in a pair of Dolce & Gabbana sneakers Getty Images


  • On many occassions, NBA players have worn non-basketball sneakers on the court
  • Rapper Kanye West's collaborations with Nike and Adidas have become a popular choice for NBA sneakerheads
  • Former Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas once wore a pair of Dolce & Gabbana sneakers in a game

The NBA’s sneaker culture is as much a part of the league as anything else, and it provides fans a bit of variety in the highlights that they look forward to in a regular basketball game.

While the biggest stars, usually the ones with their own sneaker lines, will usually parade a smorgasbord of colorways for their signature shoe, there are a select handful of players who tend to go a little wilder in their choice of footwear.

Here are some of the craziest and wildest sneakers ever worn in the NBA.

Nike Air Yeezy

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PJ Tucker showing off his Air Yeezy 1s @pjtucker on Instagram

PJ Tucker, the NBA’s resident sneakerhead, has laced up some of the rarest and most sought-after colorways and player exclusives of a multitude of Nike and Jordan Brand silhouettes.

Sometimes, those silhouettes aren’t necessarily designed for on-court action. In 2015, Tucker brought out a pair of “Zen Grey” Nike Air Yeezy 1s, Kanye West’s first signature sneaker during his time with Nike.

Nike Air Yeezy 2

Nate Robinson wearing the Nike Air Yeezy 2 ESPN

Kanye’s second signature sneaker with Nike, the Air Yeezy 2, also made quite a number of appearances on the NBA court, courtesy of Tucker and Nate Robinson.

During the 2012-2013 NBA season, Robinson laced up a pair of “Solar Red” Air Yeezy 2s, while Tucker logged in minutes wearing the “Red October” and “Pure Platinum” Air Yeezy 2 colorways.

Adidas Yeezy Boost 750

Nick Young wearing the adidas Yeezy Boost 750 Getty Images

Kanye West’s Adidas collaborations have also seen the NBA hardwood, courtesy of NBA sneakerhead Nick Young, who broke out a pair of “Light Brown” Yeezy Boost 750s in 2015.

Later that season, Young also put on a pair of 750s in the “Triple Black” colorway. This won’t be the last time that "Swaggy P" would hoop in some Adidas Yeezys.

Adidas Yeezy 500

Nick Young wearing the adidas Yeezy 500 Getty Images

In 2018, Young took to the floor in a pair of "Desert Rat" Adidas Yeezy 500s.

While not meant to be a performance sneaker, the Yeezy 500s make use of soles that are similar to the “Feet You Wear” technology that Adidas used to use in their old basketball models.

Dolce & Gabbana Velcro Strap Patent Hi-Top

Gilbert Arenas wearing the Dolce & Gabbana Velcro Strap Patent Hi-Tops Getty Images

While the Yeezy line can be considered as top of the line, Gilbert Arenas took luxury sneakers to a whole new level in basketball.

During the 2010-2011 NBA season, Arenas was a sneaker free agent and played in a wide assortment of rare and coveted sneakers.

The wildest pair that he brought out that season was a pair of Dolce & Gabbana Velcro Strap Patent Hi-Tops.

Nike Airmax 90

Thabo Sefolosha wearing the Nike Airmax 90 Getty Images

The Nike Airmax 90 was originally designed to be a running shoe but has since become one of the brand’s most iconic lifestyle models.

For Thabo Sefolosha, the AM90 is the perfect on-court sneaker, much to the confusion and bewilderment of his peers.