March 30, 2010
You see, back in '06, Arenas set the league on fire by wearing low-top shoes. They were kind of a big deal. He met with the press about his preference for low-tops, and he even unleashed a very Arenas-ian quote about the subject.
"I can only wear low tops because, in reality, all shoes are low tops. It you ever put on a pair of high-top shoes and you stick your finger in it, it won't get tight until the low part. So, high top is just for show."
Whatever you say, Gil. He was a lone short-shoed wolf in a forest full of high-topped trees. Excellent metaphor, Trey.
But then, two years later, Kobe Bryant(notes) debuted his low-top signature shoe, which supposedly allowed him greater range of motion. Now, everyone is wearing lows, throwing ankle caution to the wind.
Here's a list of players who have at some point this season worn low-top shoes. I'm sure it's not complete because these guys change shoes like Dennis Rodman changed hair colors. However, you'll notice that this is a pretty big group of players, and quite a few big names. That's a lot of valuable ankle tendons.
I'm sure there are some guys missing, so let us know who else wears lows down below.