The world is mourning today following the news of the death of icon designer Virgil Abloh, who passed away after a long battle with cancer.
The 41-year-old is an important figure in streetwear, becoming Louis Vuitton’s first Black creative director and changing sneaker culture with “Off-White” kicks. its characteristic.
Abloh’s presence in the sports world is huge, especially in the NBA with many players kicking his signature sneakers in games.
For 2020, the NBA has partnered with Louis Vuitton, with Abloh designing a variety of capsules that transcend the luxury brand with the league’s identity, including a custom LV case for the Larry O’Brien trophy.
Virgil Abloh of Luis Vuitton turned Madison Square Garden to launch the LVxNBA menswear collection.
The partnership also includes the creation of a custom Louis Vuitton travel vase for the Larry O’Brien trophy. pic.twitter.com/iY2wpF4qv7
– Sports Front Office (@FOS) November 20, 2020
Russell Westbrook has been leading tributes to the influential designer, with several players and teams taking to social media to offer their condolences.
The Bulls family sends their sincere condolences to the friends and family of Virgil Abloh, a creative force that has inspired so many. He will be remembered.
– Chicago Bulls (@chi Chicagobulls) November 28, 2021
Over the years, Abloh sneakers have become on-court staples for some of the league’s fashionable players, including PJ Tucker, Jordan Clarkson and Montrezl Harrel.
Let’s take a look back at some of the most iconic Off-White models we’ve seen grace hardwoods over the years.
Last week against the Charlotte Hornets, Harrell won the Off-White Jordan 1s.
In 2017, while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, Clarkson rocked the Off-White x Nike React Hyperdunk.
In 2018, Russell Westbrook went to the playoffs against the Utah Jazz in the Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh Converse Chuck Taylor.
Devin Booker’s sneaker game is on another level, regularly rocking a string of different Kobe PEs, but the Phoenix Suns guard regularly wears some of Abloh’s designs on the court.
In 2018, he rocked the Converse Chuck 70 Off-White.
In 2017, in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Booker received the buckets in the Off-White Hyperdunks
There is no bigger supporter of Virgil Abloh’s designs in the NBA than Sneaker King PJ Tucker, who has the most sneaker in his rotation.
Even the Off-White x Nike Air Max 90.
In 2020, Tucker hits the floor at Madison Square Garden in Off-White Jordan V!.
In 2017, Tucker rocked the Off-White Air Jordan 1.
During the 2020 NBA Finals, Tucker debuted a custom pair of Jordan 1s designed by Shoe Surgeon and jeweler Jason of Beverly Hills, who remixed the Off-White 1 into a work of art. diamond encrusted.
Even Giannis Antetokounmpo couldn’t believe it.
The $250,000 sneakers are the one for Tucker.
While playing for the Houston Rockets, the NBA’s sneaker king launched a pair of Abloh’s Nike Hyperdunk sneakers, custom-made by The Shoe Surgeon.
Abloh’s version is white, but Tucker added red to go with his Houston uniform.
Abloh’s influence on NBA fashion is immeasurable and his life and art will live on through his designs.
Rest in peace.