If you’re a basketball fan, then you know how important signature sneakers are to the sport. Some models became collectible items over time, and hardcore fans are willing to pay high amounts of money for some of them. Players with signature sneakers include:
- Michael Jordan
- LeBron James
- Kevin Garnett
Nike’s signature basketball sneakers are memorable because of their unique look and feel. Some designs are elegant and plain but others look like they’re from outer space.
To celebrate the fun culture of basketball kicks, here’s a list of the greatest Nike signature Basketball sneakers of all time.
1. Nike Shox VC 2 – Back in 2002, this synthetic and leather hybrid was Vince Carter’s second signature shoe as the frontman of Nike’s Shox Technology. The Shox system absorbs impact and adds more propulsion power, making it the perfect shoes for the high-flying player.
2. Nike Air Zoom Flight V – This retro sneaker first became popular when Jason Kidd wore them during his run with the Dallas Mavericks back in 1977. Known for its bright “bug eye” in the midsole, this shoe is a traction superstar. In Japan, this model has a cult-like following thanks to Kidd and Yuta Tabusa, who also wore the model for a while.
3. Nike Air Pippen I – Released in 1997, this was Scottie Pippen’s first signature sneaker with Nike. It features a wave design on the side panels and a Nike Air Zoom cushion. This shoe, which Pippen wore during the ‘97 Finals, recently made a comeback and it’s available in stores for $160.
4. Nike Air Flightposite II KG – Once known as Kevin Garnett’s signature model when he played with the Minnesota Timberwolves, this outer space-looking model is known for its sleek design, high level of comfort and efficiency on the court. Nike used an innovative approach for this model when they chose the seldom-used carbon fiber midsole and instep zipper.