In honor of Mother’s Day, we are taking a look back at some of the special sneaker tributes to NBA 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.
Happy Mother's Day: Sneaker Tributes To NBA Moms
Check out these sneakers honoring players' moms.
Nike Air Zoom Generation "Gloria"
Nike Zoom LeBron II "Gloria"
Nike Zoom LeBron III Low "Gloria"
Nike Zoom LeBron IV "Gloria"
The trend of mom PEs can be traced back directly to one mother-son tandem, and that is LeBron and Gloria James. 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. Above though, you’ll see the original and true Gloria PEs.
adidas adiZero Rose 2.5 "Brenda"
adidas D Rose 3 "Brenda"
adidas D Rose 4 "Brenda"
adidas D Rose 5 Boost "Brenda"
adidas D Rose 6 Boost "Brenda"
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,” said 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.”
Air Jordan XX8 SE PE
Russ now has his own off-court signature model, but on court 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.
Zoom KD 4 "Wanda"
Nike KD 6 "Wanda"
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 above.
Nike Zoom HyperRev 2016
Skylar Diggins' first PE to hit retail is also a tribute to her mother. The shoe features personal details on the underside of each strap. "Growing up, my mom was my biggest role model," Diggins told Nike. "She showed me the epitome of what I wanted to be as a woman when I grew up, and showed me what hard work was like."
Under Armour Curry 2 "Mother's Day"
While many moms will receive the gift of flowers for Mother's Day, Sonya Curry has a floral-print sneaker dedicated to her. It's a token of appreciation for "her unwavering love and support," according to Under Armour.