NBA Removes Footwear Color Restrictions For First Time In History

The NBA is removing all footwear color restrictions in the upcoming season for the first time in league history.

According to Nick DePaula, the rule change is part of the NBA’s ongoing effort to allow players to be expressive on the court. This change also aligns with the league’s support of players’ expressive voices off the court too.

The only restrictions that are still permitted will regard third-party logos, which will still have to be pre-approved by the league office before making an appearance. Custom hand-painted sneakers have grown in popularity over the years within professional sports, the NBA will continue to review such modifications. In addition to this, there will still be restrictions against any “sharp protruding objects or reflective elements.”

Shoes for the first half of the season will be viewed and approved by late August and the league will confirm additional pairs for the other half of the season by December.

The on-court sneaker game is about to get really spicy, especially when players have customizers like Kickstradomis in the game.

My bros @turner_myles and @35_fitz been hoopin in their customs. Good luck tomorow brodies!! #Teamkickstradomis

16.6k Likes, 33 Comments – Kickstradomis Customs (@kickstradomis) on Instagram: “My bros @turner_myles and @35_fitz been hoopin in their customs. Good luck tomorow brodies!!…”

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