Published 7:54 PM EDT Oct 1, 2018
Kanye West’s latest fashion foray, into basketball shoes made by Adidas for NBA players, may have hit an early snag.
The current version of Yeezy basketball shoes for NBA players - set to debut this season - would be banned by the league in games “because of its gleaming, reflective material heel, according to industry sources,” ESPN reported Monday.
The problem is with the reflective 3M heel panel that the “NBA would find potentially distracting for both in-arena spectators and television viewers,” according to ESPN.
The league goes through an approval process for on-court shoes, and the Yeezy sneaker has not gone through the approval process. Citing a source, ESPN said the league would not permit players to wear the Yeezy shoe as it’s currently designed.
Alterations to the shoe – the absence of the 3M reflective heel panel – could be approved by the league and worn by players this season.
In a recent Instagram post, West said the shoes were three years in the making with more than 300 updates.
This season, players do not have to wear shoes matching their team’s colors, but shoes still must be approved the league.
According to a story on nicekicks.com, the league approves shoes for the first half of the season in August and again in early December for the second half of the season.
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