10. Nike Kobe 9 Elite

PLAYER: Kobe Bryant
YEAR: 2014

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Aesthetically, the Flyknit Elites looked great in both a high and low model. The Kobe 9 introduced Flyknit to the basketball world. With it’s flexible yet study upper, the Kobe 9s built the shoes up. Since Flyknit is produced to the product, materials waste was limited. After consecutive major injuries, Kobe returned to the court rocking both the Flyknit Elites (low and high).

9. Nike Air Zoom Generation

PLAYER: LeBron James
YEAR: 2003

Nike Air Zoom Generation Black White Red

The phenom from Akron, Ohio began his NBA career in the Air Zoom Generations. Nike immediately went to work after signing LeBron James to a $90 million contract. Originally $110, the LeBron James line has skyrocketed in popularity as did the price tag. In this model, the public only received 5 general release colorways.

8. Nike Air Penny II

PLAYER: Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway
YEAR: 1996


The Nike Air Penny II, Penny Hardaway’s second signature model, is arguably the most recognizable and successful sneaker in his line of kicks. Air Max in the heel and Zoom Air in the forefoot made the shoe extremely comfortable, and many sneaker addicts took an instant liking to the wavy foam midsole. The “Atlantic Blue” Penny IIs are classics.

#7. FILA Grant Hill

PLAYER: Grant Hill
YEAR: 1995


Before the multiple ankle injuries, Grant Hill regularly flirted with triple-doubles for the Detroit Pistons. He did it all while wearing the FILA Grant Hill 1. Hill put FILA on the map as they became one of the most recognizable basketball sneakers ever created. This sneaker is undoubtedly FILA’s best-selling shoe to date. After sharing 1995 NBA Rookie of the Year honors with Jason Kidd at the end of the season, FILA reported that it sold 1.5 million pairs of Hill’s first signature shoe. It was the fastest-selling sneaker since the Air Jordans.

6. Nike LeBron VIII

PLAYER: LeBron James
YEAR: 2010

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LeBron’s eighth signature sneaker came with his arrival in South Beach. Built on a solid foundation of a full length Max Air 360 unit, the shoes were perfect for LeBron’s game. These shoes did nothing to stop LeBron’s ability to be quick, strong, and athletic.

5. Nike Kobe VIII

PLAYER: Kobe Bryant
YEAR: 2013

Nike Kobe 8 Purple Gradient

The Kobe 8 was built with speed on mind. The engineered mesh delivered as a light and breathable material for the upper. The Lunarlon insole insert did it’s job with support as well as staying light. In the looks department, the Kobe 8s have more than 40 colorways and most were popular with fans.

4. Reebok Question

PLAYER: Allen Iverson
YEAR: 1996


Allen Iverson owns one of the most influential sneaker lines ever created. His first signature sneaker, the Reebok Question, is the top-selling shoe in Reebok history and is arguably the most popular non-Air Jordan sneaker ever created. Many sneaker enthusiasts and basketball fans alike will remember the Question as the sneaker Iverson rocked when he broke Jordan’s ankles at the top of the key.

3. Air Jordan XI

PLAYER: Michael Jordan
YEAR: 1995Jordan-11-Bred

Is there a more recognizable, powerful, or popular sneaker than the Air Jordan XI? In his first full season back from baseball, MJ had one of the better NBA seasons in his career. He became the second player ever to win MVP awards for the regular season, All-Star Game, and NBA Finals in the same season—and he did it all in this sneaker.

2. Nike Air Foamposite One

PLAYER: Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway
YEAR: 1997


The Nike Air Max Penny I was officially Penny’s first signature sneaker and featured his “Penny” one-cent logo. He was the only player in the NBA to wear this shoe in its debut year, while other players settled for the Nike Air Foamposite Pro. Nike won over many fans with its futuristic Foamposite technology.

1. Air Jordan III

PLAYER: Michael Jordan
YEAR: 1988

Air Jordan 3 Black Cement 2011

The Air Jordan III was the first of 14 Air Jordans developed by design mastermind Tinker Hatfield, and set the standard for all other Jordans to come. The III was the first Air Jordan to feature the Jumpman on the tongue of the shoe, and was also the first to possess a visible air unit and incorporate elephant print on the upper making these truly a classic.


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