The last ten years have seen big strides in the sneaker culture as well as the rise of a magazine turned media network. Many sneakers these days are rather unimaginative or remodels which may pave the way for Kickstarter projects and new brands like Vessi Footwear rising to the light. With the decline in creativity lately among basketball shoe manufacturers, I thought it’d be fitting to remember how great basketball sneakers used to be. With so many great shoes from the past being re-released in “retro”, or new colors, I wanted to pay homage to those that paved the way.
10. Adidas Attitude
This was one of the most popular NBA shoes of the 1980s and was worn by Patrick Ewing. The shoe was for centers and power forwards and was perfected with over-size tongue and tick leather panels.
9. Adidas TS Heat Check
This shoe brought back the Adidas brand into the market. Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose both wore this line of shoes. The shoe provides instant comfort and an excellent feel. The shoe itself has a torsion system which absorbs the impact and pressure of the feet and also a non-marking cushioning system great for the outdoor activities. If you love shooting, you would not want to skip out on buying these shoes.
8. Nike Air Flight Huarache
The shoes are quite lightweight and responsive. The inner part of the shoes has a Dynamic-fit sleeve. The sole is cushioned with flight technology which prolongs comfort and enhances stability. The idea to implement this shoe was from a type of sandal people in Mexico weight. The sandals are also lightweight with minimalist design.
7. Nike Hyperdunk
These are the best shoes on the market today. You can now jump higher and react faster while playing the spot. The shoes are also light made with lunar foam, a material developed by NASA. The shoes are equally good when it comes to shock absorption. Kobe Bryant of LA Lakers is one athlete who wears these shoes, priced at $110.
6. Converse Weapon
These were the shoes that were the best choices for the 80s. Both Magic Johnson and Larry Bird wore the shoes while playing. The shoes are significant for the inclusion of a technical antibacterial and moisture-wicking material on the inner soul. Additionally, the collar is clad in a furry collar to denote the collars of wartime jackets.
5. Nike XI
Released in 1995/96, the shoes are the most famous and also the most popular model of Air Jordan line shoes. The comfort of Air-Sole is indescribable. This line was the first to use carbon fibre board. The shoes are not expensive, best in performance and are perfect for those who are just training. Additionally, the shoes are lighter, more flexible and more comfortable.
4. Reebok The Question
This is Allen Iverson’s first signature shoe from Reebok. Iverson is proud of the shoes and still wears them when he goes back to the court. It is hard to compare Air Jordan’s to Reeboks but I think that Reeboks are second in the line of best shoes. The company knows how to reintroduce the shoe into the market by appealing to younger athletes. Most recently it reintroduced the shoe in the classic Philly colorway.
3. Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars
This was the first signature shoe to be marketed and is better known as the “Chucks” in popular culture. They are iconic, enjoying success and instantaneous recognition. In terms of its durability, these shoes have stayed the same (with minor changes) since 1917. The reason for the no change is the inherent coolness in the underlying idea and gushing designs. They go with any pair of jeans, tees and suit.
2. Nike XX3
Craftsmanship, world class design and performance define this pair of shoes. The shoe forms precisely to the contours of your feet and will redefine your experience. It is right now the best Jordan on the market and is ranked on many Top 10 best basketball shoes lists, as well as this. Its performance and sustainability is reinforced by the hand-stitched upper, full length bootie, carbon fibre shank plate and articulated chassis.
1. Nike Air Jordan I
This is the shoe that started it all. It is also what gave Michael Jordan the Air Jordan title he all so well deserves. The shoe itself was designed by Peter More and was a breakthrough in basketball shoe design. When released the shoe sold for $125. Sadly, the NBA banned this shoe from be worn in the league as it went against the white shoes only rule. Michael Jordan defied all orders and still played in them, getting fined $5000 a game.