Today in Performance Sneaker History: Larry Bird Faces Dominique Wilkins in the Converse ERX-400

On May 22, 1988, Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins faced off in one of the most memorable offensive showings of all time. It was Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the final game in a series between the Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks. Wilkins exploded with 47 points, while Bird had 34. Twenty of Bird’s points came in the fourth quarter, which was critical as the Celtics were able to advance with a 118-116 win.

Larry Legend is mostly known for his signature Converse Weapon, but by ’88 he had moved on to the Converse ERX-400. Featuring Energy Wave cushioning and a number of ventilation panels, the ERX-400 was one of the first high performance basketball models from Converse.

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  • Rhinosaur

    I remember getting these as a teenager. I think they were around $75 at the time, a lot back then for shoes. I wore them EVERYWHERE until they fell apart. There’s probably a 0% chance these will be retro’d, but I’m holding out hope.