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Today in Performance Sneaker History: Wilt Chamberlain Kept It Classic

There’s no denying that basketball sneakers have come a long way. Today’s shoes are upgraded with the latest materials, technologies, and concepts, with the end result being a more efficient, better performing sneaker than their rubber forefathers. However, full-length cushioning and lightweight layers weren’t always necessary for a game-changing performance. In fact, during a time period when such innovations were unheard of, there were certain players who were making their mark in simple shoes such as the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star.

On January 17, 1963, Wilt Chamberlain’s San Fransisco Warriors faced off against the Los Angeles Lakers. Wilt set the net on fire, dropping 67 points total against Elgin Baylor’s Lakers (who would go on to face the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals).

The Stilt’s footwear of choice was a pair of traditional Chuck Taylor All-Stars, a sneaker which has become an iconic piece of style, although not so much a performance basketball sneaker. However, at the time, it delivered what the players of the era needed. The high cut and rubber sole were preferred by players of all sizes. The All Star was introduced in 1917 and enjoyed a long period as the go-to choice for ballers of all levels.

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