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.