In a surprising twist at New York Knicks media day, the sneaker universe was sent into a frenzy when Julius Randle, a long-time Nike advocate and avid wearer of Kobe Protro sneakers, was spotted sporting a pair of Sketchers basketball shoes. Speculation was rife about this unprecedented move, but recent reports from The Athletic’s sneaker maven, Shams Charania, confirm that Sketchers is indeed making its debut in the basketball realm by signing none other than reigning NBA MVP Joel Embiid.
According to insider sources revealed to The Athletic, Embiid will be the face of Sketchers’ inaugural lineup of athletes, which includes Randle and Los Angeles Clippers guard Terrance Mann. Additionally, Sketchers is actively in the process of expanding its roster with other top-tier All-Stars and NBA players.
While an official agreement has yet to be solidified, Embiid was seen donning the mysterious Sketchers silhouette during the 76ers’ practice session on Wednesday. The presence of Sketchers performance personnel at the scene suggests that wear testing is well underway. Once a deal is reached, fans can anticipate seeing Embiid strutting his stuff in these kicks throughout the regular season. In the meantime, we can expect glimpses of Sketchers’ forthcoming basketball shoes through their newly minted roster of on-court athletes.
If we turn our attention to the visual evidence from the players’ respective media days, it becomes apparent that Sketchers is exploring two distinct low-top solutions. Randle’s silhouette exudes a sleek, under-the-hood aesthetic, featuring a see-through mesh on the forefoot that showcases the vibrant red lace fasteners. A medial shank plate adds essential torsional stability, while a greyscale mudguard adds a touch of sophistication to the toe. The silver metallic Sketchers branding adds a dash of flair to the heel, and the sole unit is constructed with GOODYEAR rubber for optimal performance.
Meanwhile, Terrance Mann of the Clippers caught our attention back in September when he hit the court sporting a pair of peach-tinted Sketchers low tops. These kicks boast a more uniform sole unit that extends seamlessly from the toe to the heel. The golden metallic treatment of the Sketchers “S” logo on the heel commands attention, while translucent elements on the mesh quarter offer an extra touch of style.
As Sketchers continues to break into the basketball arena, sneakerheads everywhere will undoubtedly be glued to their screens, eagerly awaiting the next reveal. The sneaker world will never be the same now that Sketchers has thrown its hat into the ring with such a bold move. Who knows what other surprises they have in store for us? Only time will tell, but one thing’s for sure – the sneaker game just got a whole lot more interesting.