Born on March 10, 1995, Zach LaVine is a professional basketball player who currently plays for the Chicago Bulls as a shooting guard/small forward. LaVine made his entry into the NBA after being selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves as their 13th overall pick in the 2014 draft. This was after he had played college basketball for a single season with the UCLA Bruins. Zach LaVine started attracting attention as a rookie after winning the league’s Slam Dunk Contest and making it to the NBA All-Rookie Second team. In 2016, he also won the Slam Dunk Contest making him the fourth NBA player to win consecutive contests.
The Shift from Nike To Adidas Sneakers
When Zach LaVine first joined the NBA he was a Nike fan and many fans expected the love for the brand to turn into a long-term agreement. The odds were raised after he wore the Nike Hyperdunk 2016 during the small dunk contest that he went ahead to win. However, Adidas was quick to snatch him with a $35 million dollar shoe deal in late 2017. Since then, Zach LaVine who wears shoe size 12 has preferred to go for the brand’s unconventional line of shoes. The models that LaVine is famous for wearing ever since he joined the three stripes are:
- Adidas Crazy BYW X 2.0
Following a two-year delay, Adidas finally released the Crazy BYW X 2.0 as the follow-up to the BYW X that was a huge success. Zach LaVine was among the players to opt for these shoes after they were released in 2020 and fans particularly loved his ‘All neon yellow’ Player Edition. The Adidas Crazy BYW X 2.0 shoes are distinct for their traditional aesthetic and shape plus solid herringbone outsole and partially visible Boost unit.
- Adidas N3XT L3V3L
These laceless sneakers by Adidas have been hailed as one of their most innovative shoes. For LaVine, these shoes worked great as their midsole technology, Lightstrike allowed him to make quick lateral movements.
- Adidas Pro Bounce 2018 Low
Zach LaVine opted for the Adidas Pro Bounce 2018 low and these shoes were famous for having full-length Bounce cushioning and forged mesh that offered excellent comfort to the feet. The Teal and Yellow Player Edition that LaVine wore on October 30, 2018 is one of his most popular shoes.
- Adidas Pro Model 2G
Zach LaVine rocked the Adidas Pro Model 2G that had an old-school appeal and excellent functionality as they are made with Adidas’ patented Torsion technology. The lightweight soles of the shoes were an extra plus as they support player performance even during excessive motion.
- Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017
Adidas Crazy Explosive 2017 was popular among the young Adidas stars and Zach Lavine was not left out. These shoes were loved for their excellent features including ankle & tongue cushioning, lateral TPU roll-cage, and forged PrimeKnit upper that made it outshine the 2016 model.
- Adidas Gil Zero
This was Gilbert Arenas’ first signature shoe and it was unveiled in 2006. Regardless, Zach LaVine chose to rock these shoes many years later making it a popular retro pick for his games after signing with the three stripes. Adidas Gil Zero are known for starting the low top basketball sneakers trend that has become mainstream today.