The 10 Best Forgotten Signature Basketball Shoes

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adidas T Mac 5

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The Air Jordan 1. The Converse Chuck Taylor. The adidas Crazy 8. When it comes to signature basketball kicks, the classics tend to stick with us. These aren’t just shoes; they’re iconic pieces of gear that were worn for triumphant wins, milestone accomplishments, and history-defining moments. The nostalgia and memories tied to these shoes won’t fade away anytime soon, but what about some of the lesser remembered models?

Did you know Karl Malone had his own LA Gears? Remember Gary Payton’s post-Glove signature styles? From short-lived endorsements to downright wacky designs, there are a number of great signature basketball releases that have been neglected through the years. As of late, we’ve seen brands like Ewing Athletics, Reebok, and Converse bring back some of their archived hoops sneakers, and it was recently announced that Etonic will be joining the fun with an upcoming re-launch of Hakeem Olajuwon’s 1984 model. Still, there’s a ton of great (and some not-so-great) designs out there that deserve to be acknowledged at the very least.

Whether they’ve yet to retro or were produced by a now-defunct company, many of these models giving new meaning to the phrase digging in the vault. Take a trip down memory lane and see if any of these 10 Forgotten Signature Basketball Models look familiar.

Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.

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  • c webb

    no cDubbz?

    • urriah

      you remembered it… so… nope

  • c webb

    also stephon marbury first signature and1 shoe; I think this list should maybe be longer.

    • Riley Jones

      I liked Webber’s Filas over his CDubbz, plus the Dadas were recently retro’d. The Marburys are a classic, maybe they’ll be added to an updated list in the future. Thanks for the comment!

  • desiancav

    Brook’s Dominique Wilkins kicks are another one

    • Riley Jones

      Without a doubt — sick!

  • Dan the Man

    what about the New Balance James Worthy express??? or the Ellesse Maurice Cheeks???

    • Riley Jones

      The NB Worthys were definitely considered for the list, but since they were recently retro’d they were left off. Good call on the Maurice Cheeks’!

      • Dan the Man

        I would have also said Isaiah Thomas’s Asics Gel Spotlytes, but they just been retro’d but you could make a case for Xaiver McDaniel’s Spotbilt xpress…by the shoes and players I’ve mentioned, you can probably tell when I grew up…

        • Riley Jones

          Indeed, all classics. As many retros as there are, there’s a lot of great stuff we still haven’t seen. Would be neat to see Saucony bring back some of their hoops models, or even try their hand at a few new ones.

  • Geordi Laforge

    Those Sprewell’s deserved to be forgotten.


    Those Chris Webber Filas ROFL!!!!

  • Tobias Funke

    The Nike Vince Carter Line should definitely be on this list.