GOAT and sneaker pioneer Michael Jordan turns 54 today, so we celebrate by looking at basketball fashion’s biggest slam dunks and air balls.
MJ’s infamous for his baggy dad jeans and ill-fitting, oversized suits — quite an achievement for a man standing six foot six — and his choice of cargo shorts even got him kicked out of a Miami golf club in 2012, perhaps a lenient punishment for one of fashion’s most heinous crimes. But it’s footwear that earns His Airness a place on this list. Nike produced the original Air Jordan for the Chicago Bulls star in 1984 and released them to the public a year later, igniting the sneaker craze that’s still burning bright more than three decades later.
Words can’t quite do justice to the outlandish fashion statements Jordan’s Bulls team-mate is famous for — wearing a wedding dress to promote a book, treating his face like a pin cushion with umpteen facial piercings, blazers plastered with prints of hundred dollar bills, hair that’s been dyed every colour of the rainbow, as well as dozens more daring outfits that defy description. Shine on, you crazy diamond.
Another Bulls man, Wade is busy organising his fifth annual charity fashion show on March 19 in Chicago, the puntastically named ‘Night on the Runwade’. A regular at fashion events alongside glamorous actress wife Gabrielle Union, the former Heat shooting guard earned his stylish reputation alongside fellow bespoke suit enthusiasts LeBron James and Chris Bosh in Miami at the start of the decade — perhaps the best-dressed trio in NBA history.
The OKC point guard dubs himself the #FashionKing on Instagram and he’s got the CV to back it up — he designs clothes in his spare time, was famously snapped holding court with legendary Vogue editor Anna Wintour at New York Fashion Week in 2013, and has collaborated on a number of streetwear labels. The hipster-chic Westbrook was named the creative director of denim brand True Religion in 2015, the same year he teamed up with designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yo Chow to produce a grungy casual wear line for retailer Barney’s New York, who he also partnered with for another offering last year, too.
The Golden State forward with the squeaky clean nice guy image is a marketer’s dream — the bespectacled superstar is onto his third line of glasses with Nike Vision, boasts an underwear range with streetwear label NEFF, as well as the mega-popular KD 9 sneaker partnership with Nike. Durant describes his personal style as “off the wall . . . I like stuff that doesn’t match, I like to standout”, which you wouldn’t have thought is much of a problem for a bloke who stands a towering six foot eight tall.