New team, new shoes. After some time hooping in Jordans in San Antonio, an offseason trade to the Toronto Raptors meant a new beginning for Kawhi Leonard. The beginning of the 2018-19 NBA season saw Leonard rock the same Jordan 32 Lows he’d been wearing dating back to the prior season. Around Christmas in 2018, Leonard signed a deal with New Balance, with the revival of that brand soon thereafter in the basketball footwear department.
On February 18, 2019, Kawhi’s first signature shoe was unveiled before the NBA All-Star Game. The New Balance OMN1S, and Kawhi wore them in a red and white colorway for their debut (and for the 2019 NBA Finals clinching Game 6). The colorways have featured mesh on the majority of the upper, with suede or leather panel in the collar area. The shoe notably features FuelCell cushioning in the midsole, a nitrogen-infused foam that helps get a quick first step.