Significant Sneakers: Nike LeBron VIII, Nike Zoom Kobe VI, Jordan Fly Wade, Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011, Reebok ZigSlash, adidas Rose 2.0, adidas Crazy Light,

As Nike's two premier signature athletes continued to take their shoes in entirely different directions, the whole basketball world benefitted. LeBron James's LeBron VIII picked up where the prior model left off, with 360 Air and a sturdier, Flywire-reinforced upper. Lighterweight versions were made as the season went on, but it's hard to believe a few ounces here or there could have slowed the indomitable King. Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant continued to shave millimeters and grams off his soccer-boot inspired lowtops, as the not-entirely-new lowtop concept gathered more steam. And the portholed Air Jordan 2010 gave way to the extraordinarily elegant Air Jordan 2011, whose luxurious leather upper concealed a revolutionary interchangeable midsole system.