Charles Barkley in the Nike Air Max Super CB

Today in Performance Sneaker History: Charles Barkley Wears the Nike Air Max Super CB

March must be Charles Barkley’s lucky month. The month after his birthday often holds some of his most memorable and historic moments. On March 14, 1998, as a member of the Houston Rockets, Barkley was able to become one of the top ten players with the most career free throws made. His seven conversions from the line made his total 6,059, which was enough to surpass Wilt Chamberlain. Currently, Barkley stands at the number twelve of all time, with 6,349 career free throws made and 74% shooting.

In ’98, Barkley was wearing an iconic Nike model which has since become a vintage rarity. The Nike Air Max Super CB was a continuation of his previous Air Max styles and featured a noticeably lower profile than other Barkley signature models. The visible heel Air Max cushioning helped to provide impact resistance, which was becoming even more of a necessity than before as Barkley battled knee problems. This classic ’90s style has not been re-released, but hopefully it’s a possibility with the recent resurgence of Barkley’s sneakers.

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