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It’s Gotta Be the Shoes: Taking a Long Look at a Monster Pair of Blake Griffin Sneakers

January 31, 2012

It didn’t take long for Blake Griffin’s latest “Dunk Heard ‘Round the World” — over gargantuan Kendrick Perkins last night in the Clippers’ 112-100 victory over Oklahoma City — to gain instant-classic status, what with the likes of LeBron James, Larry Fitzgerald and Terrell Owens taking to Twitter to pay tribute.

Today, it’s virtually impossible to turn on any sports highlight show in America — and probably the world — and not see the slam over and over again — and be mesmerized every . . . single . . . time.

To be sure, the dunk will make its way to a Panini America NBA trading card in the future, at which time we can revisit Griffin’s greatness one more time. But this particular post isn’t about one spectacular dunk. It’s about one spectacular pair of shoes worn by Griffin during another monumental performance from this season — the Clippers’ 102-94 victory over the Lakers on January 14, a game that saw Griffin score 22 points and grab 14 rebounds.

Panini Authentic’s Brian Bayne was inside Staples Center that night, watching Panini America exclusive athletes Griffin and Kobe Bryant do battle. When the game ended, Bayne took possession of Griffin’s just-worn prized size-17 shoes, and soon enough they’ll make their way to the Panini Authentic website.

But before that could happen, Bayne wanted to put the massive shoes in proper perspective — so he photographed them in relation to a standard trading card, albeit one autographed by Griffin himself. Enjoy this sneaker peek and stay tuned to Panini Authentic for more information.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Jay L permalink
    January 31, 2012 4:15 pm

    Those shoes are sick. Wish i could have a pair. Do you know the name or style of the shoes. Was trying to see if they are even out yet.

    • January 31, 2012 4:37 pm

      I think they’re the Nike Hyperdunk shoes. I do think they’re out now.

      • Jay L permalink
        February 1, 2012 9:44 am

        i can find the other hyperdunks but those exact colors is what i cant find.

  2. January 31, 2012 4:22 pm

    Blake Griffin is freaking awesome a monster jam to say the least man wish I had those shoes myself so I could dunk a basketball too lol.

  3. January 31, 2012 6:29 pm

    Some nice shoes from a pretty impressive player. They are utterly gigantic!!

  4. steve permalink
    January 31, 2012 8:44 pm

    shoes are out,saw them in the Nike store in NYC.Didn’t get a price,but they are up there.To expensive to meet pavement.

  5. January 31, 2012 10:30 pm

    Awesome gamers, would love to add them to my collection! Speaking of collections when will you guys be announcing the winners for the Panini best moment of the year contest? Thanks for bringing us fans and collectors one of a kind collectibles.

  6. Matt Gilman permalink
    February 1, 2012 7:58 am

    Sweet card and shoes of the NBA’s most exciting player

  7. Jason permalink
    February 1, 2012 8:59 am

    Great dunk just a shame thunder lost the game.
    Maybe a Griffin Perkins dual auto card would be good if Perks was up for it.

  8. deloreanfan81 permalink
    February 6, 2012 11:11 pm

    reminds me years and years ago when hobby shops and some shoe stores had a pair of Shaqs shoes on display to show the size of them

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