“It’s gotta be the shoes!!” - Mars Blackmon
The sneaker community has some of the most loyal and passionate fans in the world. People dedicate their lives to ammassing an amazing collection of kicks. As a sneakerhead I can tell you that there is no better feeling than pulling up to an event with a crispy pair of exclusive kicks.
One of the most beautiful things about sneakers is they often come out at a fairly reasonable price point when they arrive at box price. As a result, you see people from all walks of life in some of the most amazing sneakers everyday. Over the past 15 years, you have seen love of sneakers dominate television shows, commercials and sports. From Seinfeld, to The Fresh Prince, to Lil’ Penny, it was message was clear: It’s all about what’s on your feet.
Today, we are starting our “Great Feets” article, dedicated to players we see with some of the most stylish on court sneakers. We Recently we sat down with Las Vegas Prospects guard Josh Christopher at the Nike EYBL session 4 to discuss his passion for sneakers, his top 3 sneakers all time, what sneakers are currently in his rotation on the court and more. --Christian Mordi @thedribbledrop
TheDribbleDrop: Let’s talk sneakers. On the on the court, which ones do you prefer: Nike, Under Armour or Adidas and why?
Josh Christopher: I would rate them:
Nike has always been the most prestigious. They put out the best sneakers and they do a great job at getting the best pros that align with their brand to represent Nike. Content wise, they do a great job of promoting their players and their products as well.
TheDribbleDrop: What were three of the best sneakers you wore this year in regards to style and comfort?
Josh Christopher: I have a pair of custom made “Stranger Things” Kobes. They are the most comfortable shoe I wore this year.
I have a pair of Drew League Hyperdunks that are very comfortable as well. I also wore the Playstation Paul George sneakers. That sneaker was very comfortable.
TheDribbleDrop: It seems like kids are wearing more lightweight, low top sneakers that can sometimes leave the ankle a bit vulnerable. We want protection, but it often comes at the price of the shoe being a bit bulky. What are your thoughts on this explosion on low tops and comfort vs. protection?
Josh Christopher: Yeah, that is a trend. Honestly, I’m a bit superstitious about not wearing high tops. I feel like if I wear high tops, that my bounce may not be as live as when I wear low tops. That’s a personal thing though. On another note, I feel like the low top sneakers look the best, like Kobe sneakers for example. Kevin Durant and Paul George as well. I feel like Nike makes the low top shoes look the best right now. I think you just have to get a great tape job, rock the low tops and take it from there.
TheDribbleDrop: This weekend what were you wearing at Nike EYBL? Any significance to the shoes?
Josh Christopher: I wore my Drew League Hyperdunks. I bought a pair of Lebron 8 Cutting Jades. I also bought a pair of the Undefeated Kobe 1’s. I also wore my Playstation Paul George kicks and the new EYBL Paul George sneakers.
TheDribbleDrop: What sneaker do you think is the most popular with kids your age right now and will have the most longevity: Lebron, Curry or Kyrie?
Josh Christopher: Damian Lillard is putting out some really good sneakers. His shoes are nice. Adidas has some cool new things, like the Adidas BYW. Those are pretty dope as well.
TheDribbleDrop: What are your top 5 sneakers of all time?
Josh Christopher: 1-Retro Air Jordan Black Cement threes.
2- Retro Jordan 11’s. Either cool grey or Breds.
3-Kobe 8’s Venice Beach
4-Retro Jordan 5’s Raging Bulls.
5-Red October Yeezy by Nike.
TheDribbleDrop: In 10 years, which players sneaker will be worn more on and off the floor by your generation: Lebron, Kyrie or Kevin Durant?
Josh Christopher: None of them. I think Jordan is the only player whose sneakers you can wear on and off the court that will be worn for generations to come. No one else can do it to me. I have seen people wear Lebron’s and Kobe’s off the court and honestly I’m not a fan of it. 10 years from now you won’t see me chilling out somewhere in a pair of Lebron’s.
TheDribbleDrop: If you were a Jordan Executive and you had the chance to sign one member of this rookie class to Jordan because you think he will be the most productive player and have the biggest fan base, who would you choose and why?
Josh Christopher: I would sign Jayson Tatum. He’s probably my favorite rookie right now and he has a pretty nice size fan base that is interactive. I feel like he has a good platform and if I were an executive I would put my name behind him.