Can You Believe New Balance Is Bringing Back James Worthy’s P740 “Worthy Express” Sneakers?
If you’re under the age of, say, 25 or 30, then there’s a good chance that you don’t remember watching James Worthy play in the NBA. Or at the very least, you probably don’t remember him playing during his prime. But once upon a time, Worthy was one of the best players in the entire league. And while his accomplishments were sometimes shadowed by the accomplishments of his more famous teammates—specifically Magic Johnson—Worthy put together a hell of a career. He won three NBA titles, made seven NBA All-Star teams, was named the 1998 NBA Finals MVP, and was eventually a part of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. So he was obviously quite a player.
As a result of all of these things, Worthy also once had his own sneaker. It wasn’t through Nike or Reebok or adidas, though. Instead, Worthy was given a signature sneaker by New Balance, a company that’s not really known for its basketball sneakers. The sneaker was called the New Balance P740 “Worthy Express” and it featured a leather upper, an advanced lacing system, and a padded ankle collar, all things that made it a pretty solid shoe back in the 1980s. And now, New Balance is bringing it back for a limited time next month. It’s not the flashiest sneaker you’ll ever come across. But it is a “retro” sneaker in every single sense of the word.
If you’re not up on James Worthy, we would recommend going and reading as much as you possibly can about him right now. And then, we would recommend scooping up a pair of these sneakers. They may not break many necks in your neighborhood when they hit stores on July 10. But for $120, you can own a pair of one of the only New Balance basketball sneakers that was ever worth owning.