Released just prior to the 1992-93 NBA season, the Nike Air Maestro became a go-to sneaker for many of the NBA’s top players. The inner sock liner and paneling of the upper borrowed from Tinker Hatfield’s Air Flight Huarache design, but the Maestro also had several unique features that helped it stand apart.
The Maestro utilized a nubuck-paneled upper to provide a bit more durability for its wearers, who were typically slashing players expected to take a lot of punishment from opposing defenders. The strap along the ankle also helped secure the wearer’s foot in the shoe, allowing for maximum stability when cutting to the hoop. The visible Air cushioning unit in the heel provided further comfort whether the player was going up or coming down with the ball.
Made most famous by the Chicago Bulls’ Scottie Pippen, the Maestros were a popular choice among basketball players who made their living using all corners of the court. An ideal shoe for swingmen, it remained popular during both the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons until Nike released the Maestro II. Here are the 10 Best Performances in the Nike Air Maestro.
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