Happy Mother's Day: Sneaker Tributes To Moms
words // Zac Dubasik
In honor of Mother’s Day, we are taking a look back at some of the special sneaker tributes to moms we’ve seen over the years. While they’ve typically come in the form of PEs, there have been a few to release to the public as well. Check out the following gallery of kicks from some of the game’s biggest superstars, and be sure to wish your mom a Happy Mother’s Day.
The trend of mom PEs can be traced back directly to one mother-son tandem, and that is LeBron James and Gloria. Dating all the way back to the first signature shoe in the line, white and pink editions have popped up honoring the woman LeBron so often credits for his success. While these began as PEs, in recent times these colorways have ended up releasing in kids sizes. And as Nike’s Think Pink campaign has taken off, retail versions of the Soldier line have hit with Kay Yow’s ribbon logo. Below though, you’ll see the original and true Gloria PEs.
Nike Air Zoom Generation "Gloria"
Nike Zoom LeBron II "Gloria"
Nike Zoom LeBron III Low "Gloria"
Nike Zoom LeBron IV "Gloria"
While LeBron’s line went the white and pink route, DRose went all-red for the tribute line to his mother. Also unlike the Gloria editions, the Brendas have all hit retail. “My mom means the world to me,” says Rose. “She is my motivation to work as hard as I do which is why I love wearing this color of my shoe for her.”
adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 "Brenda"
adidas D Rose 3 "Brenda"
adidas D Rose 4 "Brenda"
Russ may not have his own signature shoe, but he’s been seen in a steady stream of Jordan Brand PEs since signing with the brand. One of the most notable was this birthday tribute to his mom, which displayed a greeting via the clear outsole.
Air Jordan XX8 SE PE
Details honoring Kevin Durant’s mom have been found in his line for years, but as far as specific colorways, we’ve seen more honoring his Aunt Pearl actually release. There have been a few PEs however, like the ones seen below. Following KD’s heartfelt MVP tribute to his mom, do you think we’ll be seeing more of these in th future?
Zoom KD IV "Wanda"
Nike KD VI "Wanda"