The NBA season is underway! One thing I love about NBA games is getting to see what kind exclusive or limited kicks the players are wearing on our NBA Kicks recaps. Aside from the shoes on the court, I’m also a big fan of the jerseys. Ever since I was in middle school I was a big fan of them, and to this day I find myself picking up a jersey or two every year. One of the NBA teams that happens to wear a particularly unique looking jersey are the Indiana Pacers, which coincidentally are the team I’ve been rooting for since I was 10 years old. Boom baby!
The Indiana Pacers have decided to pay tribute to their state’s heritage by wearing their NBA Pride Hickory uniforms for a total of ten games, beginning with last week’s match-up against the Miami Heat. The season long tribute celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Academy Award-winning movie, Hoosiers.
With Indiana known as a basketball state, the Hickory uniforms are meant to symbolize the rich tradition of basketball in the state of Indiana. They serve as in inspiration to everyone that no matter how improbable the challenge may be, anything can be accomplished if you have teamwork, determination, heart and hustle.
The Pacers still have a total of 9 games remaining in which they’re going to rock these sweet looking jerseys, so I thought to myself, “What shoes would look good paired up with these Hickory Pacers jerseys?”. I did a little research and came up with 10 different sneakers that the Pacers could wear with the Hickory jerseys. Take a look at all 10 different options and let us know which pair is your favorite.
10Air Jordan 13 Premio -Bin 23
Monta Ellis beat me to the punch, as he was already seen wearing these sneakers with the jerseys last Friday against the Heat. Since I’ve already seen the shoes paired up with the jerseys, I can guarantee you that the Air Jordan 13 Premio Bin looks amazing with the jerseys.
9Jordan CP3.IX Yellow Dragon
Although the burgundy/red color is absent on this choice, the Jordan CP3.IX Yellow Dragon still look pretty good with Hickory Jerseys. Sometime you don’t have to match excessively to make the look work, this is a perfect example of a great semi-subtle pairing.
8Reebok Shaqnosis – Black / Yellow / Red
The Reebok Shaqnosis comes with a good amount of red and yellow, making it a solid choice to pair up with the jerseys. Add in the fact that it comes with plenty of black, the shoe manages to have the right amount of “bold” to it.
7Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG Hawks
Although this colorway of the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG pays tribute to another NBA team and a fierce rival of Michael Jordan, I still feel it’s a good to pair up with the Hickory jerseys. The sneaker’s red upper accented by the yellow hits will look pretty clean paired up with the Hoosier threads.
6Nike Kobe 9 EM Low
This colorway of the Kobe 9 EM appears to almost be a perfect match to the Hickory Hoosiers jerseys. Although the colors may not be exactly the same to the jerseys, the hues match up enough to make it work.
5Nike Hyperdunk 2014
If I had to choose one shoe on this list that perfectly matches with the Hickory jerseys, It’d be this colorway of the Nike Hyperdunk 2014. The color combination of University Red, University Gold, and Team Red match effortlessly with the jerseys. If you were to tell me these were the official shoes that go with the jersey, I’d believe you.
4Air Jordan 9 Bentley Ellis
Another near perfect match. The Air Jordan 9 Bentley Ellis from the Kilroy Pack utilizes the same red and yellow hues as the jersey does. Now that I look at the shoe, this may actually be the best shoe to pair up with the jerseys. What do you think?
3Nike LeBron 12 Cleveland
I know, I know. How can a Pacer team wear the shoe of a player who happens to be on a division rival team. Although I’m not a big fan of LeBron, Cleveland or the shoe, there’s no denying that the Nike LeBron 12 Cleveland will look pretty good matched up with the jerseys.
2Nike KD 8 Washington Redskins
Although they have yet to release, I’m assuming they will before the season ends. The Nike KD 8 Washingon Redskins pays homage to KD’s favorite football team, but I have a good feeling that they’d look pretty good with the Hickory jerseys as well. It’s not the exact color, but it will definitely do.