It’s Got to be the Shoes: Mid-Season 2011-2012
In honor of the first Duke game of the season (a holiday for UNC fans) and the release of the 27th Air Jordan (a holiday for sneaker heads), a special treat. Every photographic piece of evidence this writer could find for what shoes each UNC player has worn this season.
I was going to use the first shoe post of the actual season to harp on something that has bothered me a bit. Personally, I’m offended when Duke players wear Jordans. And honestly, I don’t quite understand why a player in a Duke uniform would want to wear them. But in the last two seasons, a similar trend has been happening on UNC’s feet.
No, no Duke players have signature shoes (besides Elton Brand’s Converse or Shane Battier’s Chinese joints) that we should worry about Tar Heels wearing. That would be ludicrous. But since last season, UNC players have been a huge supporter of Jordan ambassador and former Heel-killer Chris Paul’s signature line.
Yes, Paul’s shoes do have a huge Jumpman on the side, but it seems strange that we’re running around the court in a former Wak Forest players’ kicks. Other players such as Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony, Marquette and Syracuse respectively, also have signature lines on the Jordan Brand that UNC players have taken to, but it doesn’t bother this guy as much to watch them play in a shoe synonymous with a former college player not from the ACC. Unless it was a Kentucky alum.
What does hurt a little though. Players wearing Kevin Durant’s signature kicks. Not only did he attend Texas (not a big deal) but he spurned UNC to do so. Ouch.
Anyway, that’s out there. Let’s move on.
As we hoped, UNC will wear the newly-released Jordan 2012 (seen above) tonight against Duke. Usually I would now list each player and what they’ve worn in each game. Instead I’m only going to list the shoes and then link you to a full spreadsheet with all available information regarding shoes worn by each player for each game. If anyone out there has photo evidence of a cell we’re missing, send it our way in the comment section and we’ll be sure to plug it in.