Kelly Oubre Jr. signs unique shoe deal with Converse
This is no ordinary shoe deal, though. DePaula reports that Oubre will still wear Nike brand shoes on the court. However, he’ll be wearing Converse in casual pregame settings. Just keep in mind that Converse is now a subsidiary of Nike Inc.
The partnership speaks to the growing attention paid to the league’s arena entry fashion, with Oubre Jr. looking to lead and debut a variety of new Converse sneakers with his pregame arrival outfits throughout the season.
“Every game since my rookie year, I came in and just always wanted to look nice and always wanted to outdo myself,” said Oubre. “[Style isn’t] about anybody else, it’s about how you feel in what you’re wearing.”
Oubre’s contract with Adidas expired on October 1st. According to DePaula, the former Kansas Jayhawk received offers from several notable sneaker manufacturers, including Puma and New Balance. However, he ultimately chose to go with Converse — a company that has been associated with the NBA since its inception.
“It’s a different vibration when it comes to someone who is trying to reinvent themselves in something that they started,” said Oubre. “It’s not necessarily someone trying to come in and disrupt the game, or someone trying to step onto the scene as newcomers again. [Converse] started this, and it’s cool to be a part of something with the exclusivity to work with this company, start a partnership and a foundation.”
Oubre Jr. and the Wizards will be back in action on Friday night, when they’ll welcome the Brooklyn Nets to Capital One Arena. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. EST.