Interview: Eric Miller Details The Li Ning BD 001
Read all about Baron Davis' off-court lifestyle sneaker.
words & images_Nick DePaula In recent months, Li Ning has already made their presence known in the basketball footwear industry, thanks in part to the detailed sneakers they've created for Baron Davis and his incredibly likable Beardman logo. Awesome is about the only way to describe it, as the cartoony icon perfectly plays off of BD's goofy and fun personality. While we've previously showcased Baron's on-court signature sneaker, the BD Doom, in colorways like Black/Blue/Red, White/Black/Red and Black/White/Red, here we have an exclusive look at Baron's off-court casual sneaker, the BD 001. We caught up with Li Ning Senior Designer and Baron's right-hand design man Eric Miller for all of the details and design cues that have been poured into the BD 001. And yes, we're extremely excited that once again Baron's Beardman logo is proudly on full display atop the shoe's tongue. NDP: Baron is of course wearing the BD Doom on the court, but what can you tell me about the lifestyle model you also created for him? Eric Miller: It's called the BD 001. The Li-Ning 001 is the brand's annuity product classic cupsole shoe which is flipped in a bunch of colors and materials every season, but it's always been a low cut. For the BD 001 we decided to bump it up to a taller mid cut height, and add detailing to personalize it to BD's past. So everything you see, except the collar pretty much, is based on the classic Li-Ning 001 pattern. And what can you tell me about the details on the shoe? The Beardman logo on the tongue obviously hooks it to the BD Doom on-court shoe. And the cropped laser pattern on the lateral + medial sides is actually Chinese characters that translate to "LI" and "NING" respectively. The outsole features a cropped map of greater LA, BD's stomping grounds. The left and right are slightly different and have 1 red star on each indicating UCLA's Pauley Pavilion stadium and the Clippers' Staples Center, showing he's firmly planted in the LA basketball world, past and present. How many colorways are you gonna drop? There's three total colorways. A black based [shown below], a white and silver based, and a limited edition run of only 50 white based with Clipper red and blue hits. The LE has a different logo on the heel that says UCBD in the UCLA style script. That one will also be released with a special magnetic box. Sounds good -- thanks Eric! Below, the Li Ning BD 001, in Black/ Red/ Yellow.