Kids now have the chance to step into the size 22 shoes of Shaquille O’Neal. The Shaq by Skechers collection, developed in collaboration with the basketball star, is the first-ever Skechers Kids athletic footwear designed especially for the basketball court.

“I think kids are going to love the way the new styles look, and they’ll love playing in them even more,” says O’Neal. “These boys and girls might not be dunking yet, but I can’t wait to see them posting up!”

They can now also join the basketball sneaker fashion trend currently popular with older teens and adults.

“This all-new children’s basketball collection is an important addition to our offering, so it’s only fitting that we’re launching with the help of one of the biggest and best players in NBA history,” says Skechers president Michael Greenberg.

“Fans everywhere continue to enjoy Shaq’s enthusiasm for the sport, so we know kids will be excited to wear his shoes while on the court or at play. We couldn’t ask for a better ambassador to help us bring athletic footwear to elementary and middle schoolers in a new and exciting way.”

The core styles are available in three colourways on the leather and knitted uppers, paired with  lightweight midsoles and rubber outsoles for grip and durability. The mid-height sneakers feature a lace-up closure, with one of the styles offering a wide single strap for an easy, adjustable and snug fit. Every style includes the Shaq by Skechers mark and iconic dunking Shaq logo.

The 2.16m (7’ 1”) O’Neal is considered by some as one of the most dominant basketball players in history, on and off the court, due to his larger-than-life personality that attracts a huge global fan base. O’Neal won three consecutive championships during his 19-year professional basketball career. He is one of only three players to win the MVP, All-Star game MVP and Finals MVP awards in the same year.

The Skechers Kids’ range is locally available in X-Kids stores.