by Paul Smith
There are two stand out personalities when it comes to game changing practical fashion on the basketball court.
The first is John Havlicek. Havlicek played for the Boston Celtics in the 1960s. At this time all NBA players were wearing high top shoes. Havlicek decided to buck the trend based on theory that the lighter shoe would give him greater agility and speed on the court. In a short period of time the low cut basketball shoe became the cool choice of the day for shoes.
As always with fashion what was old is now new again and the high tops are all the rage. The moral to the shoe story is anything goes!
On a serious note though if you are going to buy a new pair of slam shoes makes sure you try on plenty of different pairs to make sure you get the right pair for your feet. Make sure you are wearing a pair of socks that are similar to what you will play in. It is critical that you ensure that you have ample support for your ankles. The last thing you want is to pull off a super slam only to lay yourself out on the floor due to rolling an ankle when gravity kicks in!
The other big name in practical game changing basketball fashion has to be Michael Jordan. When Jordan joined the ranks of the NBA he had an almost overnight impact on fashion. He moved away from the high and tight cut shorts and basketball jersey to a looser longer fitting type of shorts and jersey. While there has been some transition back and forth with the jerseys over the years in relation to tighter and looser fitting styles, for the most part the shorts have remained looser fitting since Jordan went with this style.
There is an also practical benefit to the looser fitting shorts. Shorts provide greater grip for players that choose to lean over for a rest during free throws.
Of course there have been many more changes in later in relation to basketball uniform designs but with the advent of technology and marketing more players seem to bringing new fashion to the court at the same time. An example of this is Wide Cut Jerseys, Compression wear and Sublimated uniforms. It is difficult to credit on player with these advances in fashion but they all no doubt have had an impact.
On a practical note most reputable custom basketball uniform suppliers will be able to assist with designing new styles of basketball uniforms and can be found online.
The most important thing regardless of your preferred basketball fashion for the court is to get out and have fun and be comfortable while you do it.
Let’s be real though, it doesn’t hurt to look good off court as well! Court Cred in relation to uniform fashion can go a long way to getting the upper hand on your opponents.
The writer of this article has an established company of basketball uniforms and basketball jersey outfits. Being a great fan of basketball himself, he closely follows and enjoys all aspects of the game.